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Somali refugee women in Thailand find solace in art therapy
Bangkok, 10 August 2017 — An art therapy group run by JRS in Bangkok is helping traumatized urban refugees share harrowing personal experiences and process loss.
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Myanmar & Thailand: Weaving the future by fostering understanding
Mae Hong Son, 11 April 2017- A staff reflection from the 2nd cross border meeting between JRS country offices Thailand & Myanmar regarding voluntary repatriation is shared.
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Thailand: Reflections from Children’s Day for urban refugees
Bangkok, 3 April 2017- The staff of the JRS Urban Refugee Program in Bangkok held an event to commemorate Children’s Day in Thailand. Children of urban asylum seekers and refugees, along with their parents, were invited to participate.
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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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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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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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Interview with Fr Mark Raper SJ: Accompanying refugees
2 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: Catholic leaders condemn Trump Executive Order on Refugees
(Washington, D.C.) February 1, 2017 — Yesterday the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America released a statement urging President’s Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees and Migration to be withdrawn, as it is morally unjust and religiously dangerous. The order “conflicts starkly with the religious and ethical values held in the Roman Catholic tradition.”

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USA: An Open Letter to President Trump
20 January 2017- Refugees are survivors. As Americans, we share their values: the will to overcome any obstacle, to assert independence, to defend hard-won freedoms, and to achieve success through sheer determination. (photo by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
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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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Thailand: Sustaining Livelihoods
Mae Sot, 16 December 2016- Sharing a border with Myawaddy of Burma/Myanmar, the Mae Sot district of Tak province, a north-western province of Thailand, is notable as a trade hub as well as its substantial population of both Burmese migrants and refugees. As the original project comes to a close we share 3 voices from the communities that JRS has helped. This is the voice of Daw Sein Nyeint who was a direct beneficiary of JRS support.
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Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees
Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr. Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy.
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Australia: A Crisis of Solidarity

Sydney, 1 December 2016- The Christmas story is steeped in irony. The shepherds who work on the edges of the city move to the centre of the world when they become the recipients of the angelic message. The Magi seeking a King are sent to see a newborn baby. The vulnerable child is in fact the Lord of the universe.


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Pope Francis: Wider protection for migrant and refugee children
Rome, 17 November 2016 – On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis’ appeal “to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants.” In this time of epic human displacement, “children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless”.
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The commitment continues: Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the election
Washington D.C. 16 November 2016-Dear Friends and Fellow Americans, It has been just over a week since the divisive presidential campaign came to its surprising conclusion. We have taken this time to consider soberly the implications of the upcoming change of administration, and its possible effect on the refugees and forced migrants which Jesuit Refugee Service/USA seeks to serve.
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Cambodia: Srey Puth creates change through education
Battambang, 14 November 2016 - Srey Puth is a young and dynamic Cambodian woman. She was born in the late eighties in a refugee camp at the Thai-Cambodia border. During that time war ravaged the region. Armed groups planted the earth with landmines and cluster bombs all over the country.
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Australia: JRS welcomes resettlement deal with the United States
Sydney, 13 November 2016- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian government that some refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will be resettled in the United States. The one-off arrangement for recognised refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will prioritise the resettlement of women, children, and family groups, but will also include male refugees on Manus Island. The government has so far provided no timeframes or specific details on the number of people who will be eligible.
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Australia: Who is my neighbour?
Sydney, 10 November 2016- “We decide who is coming here.” Malcolm Turnbull must have been hoping to gain both the conservative chops and the electoral success of former Prime Minister John Howard when he uttered these words in defence of his plans to ban asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia on boats from ever entering Australia. It was Howard of course who perfected the art of dog-whistle politics when he said in 2001 that “we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.”
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Jesuit Refugee Service condemns lifetime ban for refugees arriving by boat
Sydney, 31 October 2016- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) condemns Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that people arriving by boat to seek asylum in Australia, and currently held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, would be banned for life from entering Australia.
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