Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia’s 2019 Annual Report is available to read here. Thank you for standing with us in our mission to accompany, serve and advocate to promote the dignified living of refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants in vulnerable situations.
In 2019, we completed a Foundations Housing Project, expanded our Foodbank to meet growing demand for emergency food relief and created a new community garden as part of our Community Development program to promote feelings of welcome and protection at our main community space.
We also continued to provide specialised casework services, free legal advice in partnership with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), support to women on temporary visas at risk of or who have experienced domestic and family violence (DV/FV), run ‘Empowered to Work’ our employment program to help people obtain dignified work, as well as a community organising program to advocate for policies of welcome and protection.
Read about our ever-expanding advocacy work that operates at all tiers of government, namely local, national, regional and international, levels. From advocating for people seeking asylum in the community to be given access to a safety net to visiting Papua New Guinea (PNG) and advocating for the release of men detained under conditions that violate international law, and advocating for the rights of refugee women and women seeking asylum at an international level, JRS Australia continues to promote conditions of dignity for refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants in vulnerable situations.