JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE USA

Accompany, Serve, Advocate

aka JRS/USA   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.jrsusa.org

Mission

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) seeks to accompany, serve and advocate the cause of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, so that they may heal, learn and determine their own future. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is based in Washington, DC and provides pastoral care for people detained in the US and support for refugees around the world through funding, oversight, monitoring and evaluation of JRS projects and programming. JRS works in 56 countries to meet the educational, health, psycho-social and emergency needs of nearly 1,000,000 refugees and displaced persons. JRS responds to humanitarian emergencies in places like Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq and works in settings of prolonged crises such as South Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Joan Rosenhauer

Main address

1627 K Street NW Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

52-1355257

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While climate change, natural disasters, unjust economic policies, and poor governance contribute to forced displacement, the main driver remains human violence. The traumas of violence-driven displacement, personal and communal, have long-term effects. There are now more than 89.3 million people forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, or generalized violence. At the same time, political movements that feed on cultural and economic anxieties have diminished refugee acceptance policies rooted in justice and human rights. Never has the need for protection been more urgent.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education and Livelihoods Programs

Education is a core activity of JRS. We offer displaced families and children formal and informal instruction, including pre-school, primary, secondary, professional and, post-secondary education. We provide special education, distance education, scholarships, life-skills and vocational training, adult literacy, computer and language classes, and accelerated learning programs. JRS trains teachers, pays salaries, builds schools, provides school furniture, supports student and parent-teacher associations, and leverages the new educational opportunities provided by information technology.

JRS works in three main areas when supporting livelihoods. JRS provides language courses, CV development, and vocational training in various fields. JRS also helps refugees develop assets by distributing seeds and tools for agriculture, and helping them get grants, loans, and other resources. One of the most essential services that JRS provides, is helping refugees rebuild networks.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Children and youth
Adults

JRS/USA serves forcibly displaced migrants in the US through our binational Mental Health Psychosocial Support and Legal Assistance program, Caminar Contigo. The goal of Caminar Contigo is to reduce suffering, improve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, and to decrease violations to the legal rights for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people in the Ciudad Juarez and El Paso region through the provision of information, support, and other legal and MHPSS services.

JRS – registered both in the US and Mexico, with strong affiliations to several dozen service providers in the area – is particularly well positioned to meet the needs of refugees at the Texas/Mexico border. JRS has implemented a binational legal and MHPSS services program in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, two cities with some of the most frequent border crossings. There are 3 full-time staff members at the border assessing the needs and helping with MHPSS services as well as legal services.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Immigrants and migrants
Multiracial people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Immigrants and migrants, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Education is a core activity of JRS. We offer displaced families and children formal and informal instruction, including pre-school, primary, secondary, professional and, post-secondary education.

Number of inmates served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants, Incarcerated people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020 COVID-19 significantly limited JRS/USA Chaplains from performing pastoral and religious assistance services in the 5 Federal Dept. of Homeland Security Detention centers.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Adults, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Outreach/Advocacy events educate and mobilize an active constituency dedicated to defending the rights of refugees and displaced persons, and to advocate on behalf of refugees.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC that provides support – through funding, oversight, monitoring, and evaluation – to Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) projects and programming throughout the world.

Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organization serving refugees and other forcibly displaced people in more than 50 countries worldwide. We accompany, serve, and advocate the cause of refugees and other forcibly displaced people so they may heal, learn, and build their own future.

Driven by the values and commitment of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), our vision is a world where refugees and forcibly displaced people attain protection, opportunity, and participation.

JRS/USA believes that everyone can make a difference in the lives of refugees and displaced people and that each child, mother, father, grandparent, elder, and infant deserves the chance to be safe and the opportunity to hope.

JRS/USA funding, monitoring and oversight, and communication strategies support JRS International programs that focus on four key priorities:

Peace through Reconciliation
Forcibly displaced people, especially children, experience severe trauma when they flee their homes, making it difficult for them to thrive as individuals and in a community. At the heart of JRS’s work is a commitment to promote reconciliation, helping people be at peace with themselves and with others. This includes incorporating mental health support across our programming. It also includes promoting understanding, empathy and common purpose, creating or recreating right relationships among the refugees we serve, between refugees and host communities, and among our teams around the world.

Hope through Education
JRS is committed to the delivery of quality education to forcibly displaced children and adults. Education is a core activity of JRS. We offer displaced families and children formal and informal instruction, including pre-school, primary, secondary, professional and, post-secondary education. Schools are where the past is healed, hope is nourished, and a brighter future is inspired.

Dignity through Livelihoods
Through innovative programs focused on self-reliance and sustainability, JRS’s Livelihood programs provide job training and tools, loans, and small business support to restore dignity, promote local integration, and provide pathways to independence for refugees and their families.

Justice through Advocacy
JRS defends the rights of forcibly displaced people around the world. Our advocacy efforts are grounded in the experience of the refugees we serve, drawing on experience and expert analysis to provide policy recommendations to protect those most at risk.

An investment in this vision is an investment in a brighter future for nearly three quarters of a million individuals served each year by JRS.

JRS/USA responds to today’s refugee crisis through a unique and personalized approach to our work, recognizing the dignity in every person we serve. We believe that this individual interaction and cooperation with refugees is the most important way to express concern for their wellbeing and understand their aspirations.

JRS/USA serves forcibly displaced migrants in the US through our Detention Chaplaincy Program and the binational Mental Health Psychosocial Support and Legal Assistance program, Caminar Contigo. The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs provide counseling and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security in five US federal detention centers.

The goal of the Caminar Contigo program is to reduce suffering, improve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, and to decrease the violations to the legal rights for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people in the Ciudad Juarez and El Paso region through the provision of information, support, and other legal and MHPSS services.

JRS/USA advocates to defend and protect refugees at home and abroad by representing them to Congress and US Government officials. JRS/USA also organizes supporters to raise awareness and advocate on refugees’ behalf.

JRS/USA specific strategies include 1) to lead in the implementation of multi-faith collaborative responses to care for the spiritual needs of immigration detainees held in U.S. government custody; 2) to work in partnership with Catholic parishes and Jesuit Provinces to provide protection mechanisms for vulnerable migrants, refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking (e.g. shelter, humanitarian aid, and legal support); 3) to raise awareness about the work of JRS and issues surrounding forced displacement in a manner that compels individuals, institutions, agencies, and communities to become active partners in our work; 4) to strengthen JRS global organizational communications.

JRS/USA has 41 years experience and a team of talented, professional, passionate individuals committed to assisting refugees and other forcibly displaced people heal, learn, and determine their own future. JRS/USA staff include: international development program staff, detention chaplaincy staff, advocacy and outreach staff, communications professionals, fundraising professionals, finance professionals, and mission directors.

The JRS/USA National Chaplaincy Program provides pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in five US federal detention centers located in Florida, Texas, Arizona and New York. The National Detention Chaplaincy Program enables people of all faiths and no faith to have access to pastoral and spiritual care within either their faith tradition or no faith tradition.

In 2021, the JRS staff in the five adult detention centers coordinated a total of 209 religious teachings and 809 spiritual support sessions to approximately 16,607 detainees. The other direct detainee services, including administering religious diets, emergency notification, marriage requests, provision of religious items, and other special needs totaled 2,544 hours.

JRS/USA Border Program Update
JRS – registered both in the US and Mexico, with strong affiliations to several dozen service providers in the area – is particularly well positioned to meet the needs of refugees at the Texas/Mexico border. JRS has implemented a binational legal and MHPSS services program in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, two cities with some of the most frequent border crossings. We currently have 3 full time staff members implementing our programs at the border.

JRS/USA's Total Program Support

JRS/USA funds raised to support JRS programming are distributed to nine JRS regions throughout the globe. In 2021, contributions from JRS/USA helped JRS serve more than 999,518 people in 56 countries. In 2021, JRS/USA program support totaled $24,260,470.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE USA

Board of directors
as of 08/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Niehaus

GCP Capital Partners, LLC

Very Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J.

Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States

Very Rev. Thomas Greene, S.J.

USA Central & Southern Province of the Society of Jesus

Rosemary Kilkenny

Fadi Samman

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Kate Howe

Lynn Gordon

Thomas Loughlin

Promontory Financial Group, LLC

Susan Martin

Georgetown University

Hiroko Kusuda

Loyola Law Clinic

Robert Niehaus

GCP Capital Partners, LLC

Tim Reidy

America Media

Mark Palmer

British Robinson

The Barbara Bush Foundation

Stephanie Russell

Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities

Molly Cashin

Austin Fragomen

Fragomen Worldwide

Frank Mueller

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data