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This section provides access to a variety of publications from Jesuit Refugee Service and its various offices worldwide. You can find annual reports, our quarterly magazine on issues affecting refugees and forcibly displaced persons, and books, research reports and other material by JRS.



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Link – JRS newsletter Autumn 2019

Want to read JRS’ quarterly print newsletter, Link, online? Read the latest issue – Autumn 2019 – here>>>

This newsletter features:

  • JRS in the Community. JRS’s engagement with the community. How to get involved with JRS to support and empower people seeking asylum.
  • The Compacts. Important information on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and the Global Compacts for Refugees (GCR).
  • Women’s Space. The progress of JRS’s new women’s space in promoting the agency of women seeking asylum; especially those who have survived or are at risk of domestic violence.
  • The Easter Appeal. JRS Australia’s Easter Appeal enables JRS to support and empower people seeking asylum.
  • Palm Sunday Rally. An invitation to march with JRS at the Palm Sunday, March for Refugee rally on the 14th April.

Pictured above: JRS staff and volunteers at our new women’s space in Parramatta on International Women’s Day. 

Link – JRS newsletter Autumn 2018

Cover page photo in LInk, JRS' Autumn 2018 issue newsletter: four women seated on stage as panellists during Refugee Alternatives Conference, Melbourne, February 2018

Link Autumn 2018 front cover image: Four inspiring women with refugee backgrounds, on a panel at the Refugee Alternatives Conference in February 2018

Want to read JRS’ quarterly print newsletter, Link, online? Read the latest issue – Autumn 2018 – here>>>

This newsletter features:

  • JRS Director Carolina Gottardo’s participation in Australia’s 2018 Refugee Alternatives Conference
  • The agency of woman refugees in shaping a positive future in Australia
  • JRS Australia’s role as a key civil society voice, advocating for social justice for refugees and asylum seekers living in Australia
  • The key role the community can play – and does
  • JRS Australia’s Easter appeal, aimed to raise funds to enable JRS to support the people seeking asylum who are facing harsh cuts to their income support during the asylum application process
  • A success story for a participant in the JRS/House of Welcome Empowered to Work employment program.


Want to read JRS Australia’s latest news?  Link Summer 2017 is the latest edition of our newsletter, offering updates on the collaborative and leadership role JRS Australia plays in the Australian community and overseas. Together we can provide a more secure life, a life with dignity, for refugees and people seeking asylum. Link’s cover photo, featured here, is by Rushdi Anwar.



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Out now! The JRS Australia Annual Report 2018 is available to read.

Read the JRS Australia 2018 Annual Report here. Once again, thank you all for walking with us in our mission to improve the lives of the many children, women and men that are seeking asylum in Australia. 

Our mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees, people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people. The 2018 JRS Australia Annual Report demonstrates the multifaceted ways we carry out this mission. From our direct ‘on-the-ground’ actions to support the empowerment of people seeking asylum so that they can find work, have food and shelter, be part of a community, and harness their talents and skill-sets, over to our involvement in the 2018 Wentworth Bi-Election, to the Global Compacts, JRS is at the forefront. With the help of people like you, we work in situations of the greatest need, we advocate for humane policies and we walk alongside people seeking asylum through our current harsh and punitive political landscape; people like Soraya.

Soraya’s relationship with JRS. In 2012, Soraya* and her husband arrived in Australia by boat. They did not know whether they could stay, but they knew they were safe. In Western Sydney, the couple made a life for themselves and had two children. In 2019, the family were told that their Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) support payments would be cut. 

Initially, Soraya and her husband were able to support themselves, and their young family. Then, Soraya’s husband sustained a back injury that meant he had long periods off from work due to the pain. The payments through SRSS were enough to cover some expenses, but the family often made choices between food, medication, and public transport. When Soraya was 8 months pregnant, the family’s SRSS payments were cut off. Unsure of how they would pay for rent or food, and terrified of being evicted before the arrival of their baby, Soraya came to JRS for support.

Through JRS, the family accessed emergency relief payments to keep their accommodation; JRS’ Foodbank covered basic weekly grocery items; and the family also accessed ongoing casework support. This included referrals to the Dandelion Support Network for baby items, Anglicare for additional financial support, and to Refugee Health for an Early Childhood Nurse to visit Soraya and the baby, as the family were still waiting on Medicare access for their newborn due to delays in issuing a Bridging Visa. Soraya’s JRS caseworker also referred her to RACS to help advocate with Immigration for the issue of the baby’s Bridging Visa

Since then, Soraya’s husband has been able to return to work and is now supporting his young family, but they are appreciative that JRS was there when they had no where else to go. Soraya is particularly grateful for the calm reassurance of her caseworker and that JRS would do everything it could to make sure that she and her baby had access to services that would ensure their health, safety and wellbeing.  Soraya was one of the many women, children and men that JRS has directly assisted and supported. *Name has been changed to protect identity. 

Read the JRS Annual Report 2018 here. 

To donate to JRS, please click here. Or simply call (02) 9356 3888.  

A look back on our achievements from our 2016 Annual Report

refugees arriving by boat on the shore of beach

 Our 2016 annual report shows the ways JRS delivered on our mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

At JRS our mission is to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. As shown in our 2016 Annual Report, JRS works in situations of greatest need, where people are most vulnerable, where there are gaps in services and where partnerships can be formed to better serve people seeking safety.

View our 2016 Annual Report

In 2016, our team grew stronger, our incredible donors and volunteers were more supportive than ever, meaning we were able to assist more people seeking asylum than ever before, just like Kanthi, a Tamil woman from Sri Lanka who is seeking asylum in Australia along with her family.

Kanthi’s Story

Kanthi* is a Tamil woman, who arrived by boat from Sri Lanka, and is seeking asylum in Australia along with her infant son and her husband.

Kanthi is constantly reminded of the trauma and violence she experienced during wartime, as she still has shrapnel lodged in her head from a bomb explosion near her home. There are painful memories, but there is also daily physical pain from her injuries.

How JRS is helping

As is the case with many of the people we serve, the circumstances of Kanthi and her family are quite complex and for a period of time the family did not have the right to work and were also ineligible for financial support through government funded services.

The family survived on savings, however, their debt was growing and when they were several weeks behind in rent, they came to see JRS.

JRS assisted the family with some emergency relief payments, however, we knew that we could not provide enough to sustain Kanthi’s accommodation. At risk of homelessness, a JRS caseworker advocated on behalf of Kanthi and her child for urgent government financial assistance.

During this time, Kanthi became increasingly distressed and desperate to solve her financial issues. She cried throughout meetings with her caseworker and regularly mentioned that it would be better if she was not living, however, knew she had to keep going for her young son.

Recognition as refugees

While there were significant barriers to having her financial assistance application approved, Kanthi and her child were eventually successful because of the advocacy and support of JRS and other support organisations.

JRS’ efforts have provided some security for Kanthi and her child, as well as giving Kanthi someone to lean on, in the form of her JRS caseworker, however, the family are still very much at-risk. This will not change until Kanthi’s husband is given the right to work and the family are recognised as refugees and granted protection.

To find out more about the work JRS has been doing and to take a look at our financials, please make sure you take a look at our 2016 Annual Report.

*Name has been changed to protect her identity

Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report

“JRS aims to draw refugees holistically, communally, intellectually and practically into a world where their lives are valued and their skills and hearts make a difference.” — Fr Smolich

In 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service reaffirmed its commitment to education with the Global Education Initiative and the launch of the Mercy in Motion campaign. Last year, JRS served 724,551 people, 141,333 through education projects. Recognising education is a concrete and durable solution to build more resilient communities, JRS aims to increase this number by 100,000 people by 2020.

At the end of 2015, Pope Francis endorsed these initiatives in line with the Holy Year of Mercy, saying education not only provides a future for the youth, but also protection: “Your Global Education Initiative, with its motto Mercy in Motion, will help you reach many other students who urgently need an education that can keep them safe.”

In the report, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director says “remember that the word educate is rooted in the Latin educere, to draw out, to lead forth. JRS education seeks to do just that; it aims to draw refugees holistically, communally, intellectually and practically into a world where their lives are valued and their skills and hearts make a difference.”

Twenty-one percent of JRS’ global expenditure in 2015 went toward educational services, and we hope to increase this percentage over the next five years. JRS ensures its educational services are inclusive, healing, practical and enterprising.

In addition to its commitment to long-term solutions such as education and psychosocial support, JRS also provides emergency relief in hard-to-reach areas such as inside Syria. With its mission to serve those most in-need, JRS works together with local lay, Jesuits and other religious communities to provide services where other organisations cannot. Twenty-five percent of JRS’ global expenditure in 2015 went toward emergency relief, comprising 48 percent of the people served. Approximately 300,000 of the displaced persons JRS serves were internally-displaced Syrians.

But even in hard-to-reach places, JRS prioritises education as well. JRS teams comprise and serve people of all faiths and backgrounds and see education as a tool for to reconciliation and peace building.

“Education will bring peace to my country, because as soon as students are educated, they will know their rights, and they will know how to bring peace through the pen and negotiation table,” said Leila, a student of the JRS teacher-training programme in Maban, South Sudan.

You may download a copy of the 2015 Annual Report here.

For further information

Oliver White
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
Tel: +61 2 9356 3888
Twitter: @JRS_Aus

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014 Download here.

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014 Download here.

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014 Download here.

Notification of Annual General Meeting 2019

Stained glass chapel window in Nairobi, Kenya


The Annual General Meeting of JRS Australia Incorporated will be held on
Wednesday 5th June 2019 at The Garvan Institute, 384 Victoria St,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010 starting at 4 pm. According to the Constitution,
Associate Members may attend the Annual General Meeting and have the
right to raise business for the agenda. If you wish to do so, please notify the
JRS Australia office no later than Friday 31 May 2019.
Ph 02 9356 3888 or

Kim Mandelik
Office Manager
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
PO Box 522
Kings Cross 1340
Ph: 02 9356 3888
Fx: 02 93563021


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Strategic Framework Asia Pacific 2013 – 2015

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Strategic Framework 2012–2015

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JRS Australia releases ‘Strangers No More’ federal election policy statement; calls for next Australian government to adopt policies supporting welcome and protection.

Election Statement: Strangers No More: How Australia’s leaders can welcome, promote, protect and integrate forced migrants. As we step into the final week of the Federal Election 2019 campaign, JRS Australia is pleased to release its election policy statement, Strangers…

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JRS Australia’s latest contributions to policy reform: March 2019

Each year JRS Australia’s policy and advocacy team are invited to provide evidence, expert input and recommendations to government, parliamentary, departmental or statutory body inquiries into aspects immigration, refugees, and asylum policy. Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Consultations on Australia’s…

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Asia Pacific: new research shows failings in protection in the region

Key issues of concern for the Jesuit Refugee Service regarding the lack of protection space in Southeast Asia The Search: Protection Space in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines and Cambodia in Practice is a practical guide which will assist advocates…

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Hospitality Handbook for Secondary Schools

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No Giving Up: Stories of Unfinished Journeys

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Side by Side

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Recreating Right Relationships

Reconciliation Reconciling people displaced through conflict

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Essential Documents of JRS

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