The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), founded in 1980, is an international Catholic non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.
JRS programmes are currently found in 56 countries, serving refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in conflict zones and detention centres, on remote borders and in busy cities. We run pastoral care and psychosocial support programmes in detention centres and refugee camps, and provide humanitarian relief in emergency displacement situations. Education and livelihoods programmes provide skill development and opportunities for integration into host communities.
Since October 2014, JRS has worked in Iraq to uphold and restore the dignity of forcibly displaced persons and returnees, show compassion to the most vulnerable among them, and be a sign of hope that a shared future is possible. In 2022, nine people are working in the CO and JRS Iraq runs programmes mostly in Quaraquosh and Sharya for an approximate total of 150 staff members.