Jesuit Refugee Work
Jesuit Refugee Service
The mission of JRS is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights 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 advocates for just and generous policies and programs for the benefit of victims of forced displacement, so that those made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection and that a durable solution for their plight can be achieved. JRS works in more than 45 countries meeting the educational, health, social and other needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
Jesuit Worldwide Learning
Founded in 2010, JWL provides university-level coursework for refugees in 11 countries. The program offers refugees the opportunity to earn a diploma in liberal studies. Many of the graduates use their education to start businesses or lead community-based organizations within their camp, and credits they earn can be applied toward bachelor's degree programs at U.S. institutions.
More than 180 instructors from 20 U.S. Jesuit institutions and 10 international institutions teach the online courses. Worldwide, JWL enrolls more than 350 students each semester and at least half the students are women. In its 9th year of operation, the program has expanded to 20 learning centers in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.