Panel Discussion: Legal Challenges Facing Central American Asylum Seekers

Join us for a panel discussion on July 16 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

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Join us for a panel discussion on July 16 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. 

Join us for a panel discussion on July 16 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Talk of the Nation: How outsiders can help communities in crisis


Jesuit Refugee Service/USA’s National Director Fr. Ken Gavin was on Talk of the Nation (a nationally broadcast program on National Public Radio) yesterday to discuss his recent trip to Haiti. Listen to it here: How Can Outsiders Help Communities In Crisis?

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Fr. Gavin on NPR: “… when we talk about our work in Jesuit Refugee Service, we say that what we do is accompany, serve and advocate or defend the rights of refugees or forcibly displaced people. And that term, accompaniment, as you say, Neal, is incredibly important, because I see it as the envelope out of which all our service and all our advocacy – however important they are – flow from that sense of accompaniment.

And what we mean by that, I think simply, is to be close to the people, to be in solidarity with them, to step into their shoes, to experience their hopes and losses. Our sense of accompaniment comes from that spark of the divine that we recognize in every human person. It comes from our believing that even in the greatest tragedies like Haiti, that our God stands present with people in their suffering.”

JRS: a vocation to transform the world

Fr. Elías Lopez-Perez, S.J., Assistant International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, describes the people who work for JRS as a passionate, committed group who “want to change things in the world” and heal wounds of violence.

In short, he says, people who work for JRS still believe in miracles. Fr. Lopez-Perez also discusses the central role of accompaniment in the JRS mission. He notes that the Gospels encourage us to welcome the stranger, and this is the good news to counter the racism and xenophobia at work in the world.

International Director discusses mission of JRS

In an interview with Rome Reports, Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., the International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, recounts the defining moment that called him to help others.

Fr. Balleis also discusses the Jesuit Refugee Service three-pronged mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world.

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Holy See address on social development

One of the core principles of Jesuit Refugee Service is accompaniment, the concrete commitment of being there with refugees and internally displaced people and sharing their daily struggle to return to normalcy.

Earlier this month, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, delivered an address to the U.N. Economic and Social Council which spoke to the concept.

“What seems to be missing in the fight against poverty, inequality and discrimination, are not primarily financial assistance, or the economic and juridical cooperation which are equally essential, but rather, people and relational networks capable of sharing life with those in situations of poverty and exclusion, individuals capable of presence and action, whose enterprise is recognized by local, national and global institutions.”

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