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With a global staff of more than 1,500 worldwide, the Jesuit Refugee Service is a key source for journalists who seek information on the latest issues on forced displacement in the world. Journalists visiting this site have access to press releases, latest news affecting refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, updates from JRS projects and activities, speeches, special features and more.

JRS programmes are implemented through more than 50 country offices and a large network of partners, and annually benefit more than 900,000 people worldwide.

Our global network of regional communications officers, based throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, can provide updates in emergencies and access to field staff.

Regional staff can lend insight into JRS programmes and advocacy priorities and provide detailed information on current global crises.

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International: announcing new Deputy Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ
Rome, 14 March 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is pleased to present Fr Joseph Xavier SJ as the new International Deputy Director, starting February 2017. His wealth of experience in social justice research and his work advocating for those at the margins will be a great contribution to the Strategic Framework for the future of JRS.
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Voices of Faith Annual Storytelling Event in the Vatican
Vatican City, 28 February 2017 - The Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place on International Women’s Day, 8 March, at the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican. The event will showcase the important contributions that women of faith have already made and will continue to make in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts.
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Latin America: No more children in war
Bogotá, 23 February 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service, in its mission to "Accompany, serve and advocate for" the victims of forced displacement in Colombia and for refuge-seekers in Venezuela, Ecuador and Mexico, calls for a greater awareness of the alarming situation of children and young people in border areas and for guarantees from Governments that they will be duly protected from any involvement, recruitment and violence in these areas.
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Rome: Farewell to Fr Ken Gavin SJ
Rome, 22 February 2017 - Fr Ken Gavin SJ spent more than a decade of his life accompanying, serving, and advocating for refugees and the forcibly displaced. From 2003-2010 he served as the Regional Director of JRS USA and from 2011-2017 he worked at the JRS International Office as the Assistant International Director.
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Ethiopia: Keeping hope in the children
Mai Aini, 21 February 2017 – Osmaan* has spent his entire life building from the ground up. Born into a farming family in what used to be northern Ethiopia, he later moved to Sudan, working for American oil companies, digging to the depths of Sudan’s oil fields.
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Chad: Meet Country Director, Alberto Martin Huertas
N'Djamena, 17 February 2017 - 2017 is a huge challenge for JRS Chad, we are expanding our activities in primary education to five more refugee camps in Farchana and Oure Cassoni. At the same time, this year is going to be our first experience implementing a Child Protection program. It is a big challenge, with a lot of work to do, but we are very passionate and it shows the confidence that our donors have in us.
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Jordan: Love walking in the rain
Amman, 16 February 2017 - Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a wonderful city complete with history, tradition and modernity. Amman, however on a very cold and rainy day is not the most exciting place to be. Above all, since Amman is built on hills (jabal) and has several valleys (wadi), walking from one house to another, is certainly not something that one easily relishes.
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Entreculturas and JRS join the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network for the cause of child soldiers
9 February 2017 - On the occasion of the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers on 12 February 2017, Entreculturas and the Jesuit Refugee Service join Pope Francis' monthly intention to pray and mobilise for the end of the use of child soldiers, in collaboration with the Pope Worldwide Prayer Network.
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Central African Republic: A never-ending, unknown war
Bambari, 8 February 2017 - For some months now in Bambari, we often hear about "Essential personnel/Non-essential personnel". These are new, surprising, human categories. They are dictated by specialists of the humanitarian world.
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Joint interfaith statement: Muslims and Christians unite to call for bridges not walls
6 February 2017 - As we celebrate the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Italian Islamic Religious Community (COREIS) and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) take President Trump's Executive Order on immigration and refugees as an affront to our common Muslim and Christian values, and a repudiation of our shared humanity.
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Europe: Reform proposals for asylum will affect the most vulnerable
3 February 2017 – The reform proposals for the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) collectively amount to the death of asylum in Europe by a thousand cuts our working paper, published today finds.
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Interview with Fr Mark Raper SJ: Accompanying refugees
Rome, 1 February 2017 - Fr Mark Raper SJ worked for JRS for nearly two decades. He served as the first Regional Director of JRS in the Asia Pacific Region from 1982 to 1989 and then as the International Director of JRS from 1990 to 2000.
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USA: Barring refugees is an affront to global and Christian values
30 January 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service challenges US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. 
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Europe: JRS welcomes a new Regional Director
Brussels, 27 January 2017 – JRS Europe is pleased to present Jose Ignacio Garcia, SJ, as the new Regional Director. He takes up the reins from Jean-Marie Carriere, SJ.
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Syria: Limited access to basic resources affects the population
24 January 2017 - The winter in Syria continues to be rather harsh. The displaced, without sufficient access to appropriate lodging and heating, continue to suffer. Essential commodities are not easily available; and whenever they are, the prices are astronomical.
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America Magazine feature: Human Trafficking, A Global Assault on Human Dignity
Images of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean have shocked the world in recent years—sparking conversation, inspiring political summits and challenging the collective responsibility of the global community to refugees. But behind the images not seen and the headlines not written are stories of exploitation that refugees risk at every step of their journey to safety.
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Italy: Young refugees represent hope for a peaceful future
Rome, 16 January 2017 - On the occasion of the 2017 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, many refugees, volunteers and friends of JRS Italy - Centro Astalli met Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
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Thailand: They just don't want us next door
9 January 2017 - The room is a room—not an apartment, not a flat, but mere four walls and an entrance door that never seems to shut well. They have been renting it for the better part of the last two years, yet there is no furniture to speak of.
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Kakuma: psychosocial care for vulnerable children
Kakuma, 3 January 2017 – Children in the context of a refugee camp, an urban setting, or any other location around the world fall into a category of individuals who are extremely vulnerable. Simply looking at their status in the world will identify that. They are unable to make decisions on their own, and have to depend on others in order to survive.
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End of year message from the International Director
2016 has been memorable for shadows and lights. One shadow hovering over our world is the reality of 65 million refugees and displaced people - the highest number in our history. We are all acutely aware of places like Aleppo and Athens. Yet JRS also works where those on the move are off the radar.
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Central African Republic: Living in the factory
Bambari, 27 December 2017 - Some two hours from Bambari, the second largest town in the Central African Republic, a group of about 5000 workers in a sugar factory, fearing for their lives, have occupied the factory. Their homes are less than 2 kms away, but they had to leave them a few months ago, fleeing from machetes and burning houses and nobody dares return.
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Europe, Journeys of Hope postscript: Longing for life
Brussels, 20 December 2016 – In this post-script to our Journeys of Hope series, Danielle Vella pays tribute to Behzad, a 28-year-old refugee from Afghanistan who lost his life in a tragic accident in Austria.
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Joint statement: EU leaders can save lives this winter
Brussels, 14 December 2016 - Ahead of the EU Council meeting in Brussels on 15 December, JRS Europe together with over 30 other refugee organisations is calling on political leaders to take immediate action to save lives in Greece this winter. The full statement follows here.
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USA: ‘Dear Pope Francis’ book sales benefit JRS programs around the world
Chicago, 13 December 2016 — Loyola Press had great success this year launching their book, Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World.  A portion of the book's sales are being donated to Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to support JRS global projects.
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Malawi: Teacher training in context
Lilongwe, 12 December 2016 — In late 2015, about 12,000 Mozambicans crossed the border to Malawi to seek refuge from political upheaval and violence in their home province. Though many have now returned home, about 2000 have remained in Malawi due to the ongoing unrest. These refugees have been settled in a small village called Luwani, whose previous population numbered just a few hundred Malawians.
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