JRS programs are found in 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities (urban refugees) and people held in detention centres.
Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. It was founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus (commonly known as the Jesuits).
JRS is deeply concerned with advocacy and human rights work. This involves ensuring that refugees are afforded their full rights while in exile and during repatriation as guaranteed by the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and working to strengthen the protection afforded to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
It extends to lobbying for and promoting international human rights legislation, either through participation in international campaigns and coalitions or through membership of international forums such as the UN Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC).
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