“JRS plans to use the new website as a tool to advocate with and on behalf of refugees, and as a safe place where refugees can share their stories and have a voice.”
JRS Australia has launched a new website which aims to use stories and images to publicise the work it does and to advocate on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers with whom it works.
Although the website has been designed to reflect the brand of JRS International and the regional JRS websites, it has retained its own unique Australian sensibility, says JRS Australia’s Head of Policy and Advocacy, Oliver White.
“We are working here with a set of issues and problems which are unique to Australia’s refugee landscape, and which are in some cases unheard of in other regions and countries,” he says.
“And so we’ve designed our website to reflect the causes and projects that are important and relevant to us and to the people we work with.”
Australia is the only country in the world that mandatorily detains asylum seekers who arrive without authorisation, and JRS Australia is one of few agencies to provide short-term accommodation and other assistance to asylum seekers living in the community.
“One of our jobs is to research the mass movement of refugees through the Asia-Pacific region so that we can determine its consequences and develop advocacy strategies that best address it,” says Mr White.
“We are also closely involved with developments in climate change displacement, which is occurring on our doorstep in the Pacific region.”
JRS plans to use the new website as a tool to advocate with and on behalf of refugees, and as a safe place where refugees can share their stories and have a voice. It will also keep the public well-informed about current policy and practice, providing resources so that interested parties can raise awareness and advocate with and on behalf of refugees. And finally, the website will give people an opportunity to read about JRS’ work and to get involved by either signing up to volunteer with the organisation or by supporting it financially.
Please visit the new website at www.jrs.org.au and sign up to JRS’ new electronic quarterly publication of LINK.