Safe Haven

Safe Haven

A student gazes at her teacher Wednesday morning in an early childhood education class, part of the Jesuit Refugee Service ‘Safe Haven’ at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. About 120,000 refugees from a dozen countries live in the sprawling camp in northern Kenya. Learn more about the JRS Safe Haven on our website:

(photo by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)


Video from Colombia: Faces & Footprints

Afro-Colombian men and women in their twenties are leading a movement to resist violence and displacement. JRS has partnered with their group in an effort to prevent the use and recruitment of children into armed groups.
Calling themselves Faces and Footprints, this collective of musicians, poets and painters inaugurated their organization after a brutal massacre of athletes and artists in the Punta del Este community of Buenaventura.

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Video: Jesuit Refugee Service Malta: Spirit of Accompaniment

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Video: Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia

Christian Wlaschütz of Jesuit Refugee Service Colombia discusses the work of JRS and the Society of Jesus in Colombia. The Jesuits in Colombia lead several peace building programs in the country.

Mr. Wlaschütz also discusses the addition of academic programs to the peace process, including a possible new Peace and Cultural Studies program.

The JRS reconciliation program in Colombia works from the bottom up, and incorporates historic memory and cultural identity to achieve lasting reconciliation.

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Video produced by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

Video: Family Separations

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes the U.S. should live up to its tradition of fairness and generosity toward refugees and migrants, and uphold international standards for the treatment of those seeking refuge in this country. Improvements in U.S. law and policy are needed to protect the rights of asylum seekers, forcibly displaced people, vulnerable migrants, and detained immigrants in the United States.

Father Sean Carroll S.J., Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, is testified at an Ad-hoc Congressional Hearing. The Jesuit priest is highlighting failures to preserve family unity in the context of immigration enforcement and offering four recommendations for Congressional consideration.
In his testimony, Fr. Carroll notes that “Because of our current policies, the Applied Research Center’s report “Shattered Families” finds that 5,100 children are in foster care since they cannot be with a detained or deported parent. In the first six months of 2011, the United States government removed more than 46,000 mothers and fathers of U.S. citizen children. This reality falls far short of what Scripture teaches regarding care for the widow, the orphan and the stranger. Our current policies essentially leave many children as orphans, wives and husbands as widows and widowers and the stranger deported across the border, away from their family members who need them so deeply.

“This report, supported by our experience and service on the border, confirms the disastrous effects of current U.S. immigration policies on families, whether through the process of deportation or because of mixed immigration status. We can and must do better. Out of respect for the God-given dignity of the human person and my deep commitment to justice and compassion, I offer these four recommendations for your consideration today.”

The full text of Fr. Carroll’s testimony as prepared for delivery can be read here:

Video: Your generosity enables our service to refugees and the forcibly displaced

The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Your gift makes a huge impact in the lives of the refugees and displaced people we serve.

As one of the ten geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS/USA serves as the major refugee outreach arm of U.S. Jesuits and their institutional ministries, mobilizing their response to refugee situations in the U.S. and abroad. Through our advocacy and fund raising efforts, JRS/USA also provides support for the work of JRS throughout the world.

JRS/USA gives help, hope, ear and voice to vulnerable people on the move by being present to and bearing witness to their plight; by relieving their human suffering and restoring hope; by addressing the root causes of their displacement and improving international responses to refugee situations.

JRS works in more than 50 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS services are made available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs. JRS provides primary and secondary education to approximately 170,000 children, and undertakes advocacy to ensure that all displaced children are provided with a quality education.

Produced by Christian Fuchs

Landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance add threat to refugees

(20 June 2013) On World Refugee Day today the Nobel Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is calling on states to eliminate the harrowing risks that refugees and asylum seekers face from landmines and unexploded ordnance. States must protect refugee victims and urgently respond to their needs. 

Landmines and Refugees: The Risks and the Responsibilities to Protect and Assist Victims” released today by the ICBL-CMC’S Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, focuses on the conditions for victims and refugees fleeing from, or into, 20 different countries contaminated by landmines and other explosive hazards, including cluster munitions; and the experiences of returnees to another five affected countries.

Firoz Alizada, ICBL Campaign Manager knows first-hand the devastating effect of mines on displaced individuals. “Those refugees or IDPs that survive are among the most vulnerable, like other persons with disabilities. They are the first to be affected physically, socially and economically and the last to get assistance,” said Alizada. “I am a double-amputee landmine survivor and I didn’t receive any assistance from anyone but my family during the five years I lived in Pakistan,” said Alizada, a native of Afghanistan. 

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