Jesuit Refugee Service

As part of its mission of service and justice, Canisius College encourages its alumni and friends to learn about the good works of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and to support the organization's activities, as well as advocacy for the cause of refugees to members of Congress.

As an international Catholic organization and a work of Society of Jesus, the JRS is present in nearly 50 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced persons.

Following Catholic social teaching, the mission of JRS applies the term de facto refugee to all persons persecuted because of race, religion, membership in social or political groups; to the victims of armed conflicts, erroneous economic policy or natural disasters; and to internally displaced persons, that is, civilians who are forcibly uprooted from their homes by the same types of violence as refugees but who do not cross national frontiers.

JRS provides direct services and counseling assistance to refugees. It also acts as an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. Advocacy efforts include contact with members of Congress in support of actions which will assist refugees.

Learn more about the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service. You can also contact your federal representatives directly in support of the work by JRS by use of the Service's Advocacy Center.