14 November marks the date that Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ founded the Jesuit Refugee Service in 1980. 40 years later, JRS continues to promote his ministry of “being with rather than doing for” our refugee sisters and brothers throughout the world.
In a video message, the newly President-elect of United States of America Joe Biden, says his joy for joining the celebration of the 4Oth anniversary of Jesuits refugees Service, an “organization founded to serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable among us, refugees and displaced people.”
“The United States has long stood as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden and the oppressed, a leader of resettling refugees in our humanitarian response. I promise, as president, I will reclaim that proud legacy for our country. The Biden-Harris administration will restore America’s historic role in protecting the vulnerable and defending the rights of refugees everywhere and raising our annual refugee admission target to 125,000”, He said.
The Mission of JRS is to accompany, serve, and advocate the cause of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, that they may heal, learn and determine their own future.