JRS Australia tries to meet the urgent needs of refugees and asylum seekers, focusing in particular on areas where no other agencies are working. It supports refugees and asylum seekers in the community with basic needs through its Shelter Project, offering them accommodation, financial assistance, legal and health referrals, English classes, and job search assistance to those with permission to work. It also cares for unaccompanied minors and vulnerable men and families through its Community Detention project, providing a broad range of practical and emotional assistance as residents await the outcome of their visa applications.
JRS Australia regularly visits Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre in a pastoral role, and provides pastoral services on Christmas Island and at two other mainland detention centres. Bearing in mind the long-term consequences of migration, JRS Australia also conducts research and advocacy into forced displacement, particularly in the Pacific Region, using this information to advise government and NGOs on policy and program responses. Moreover, it works with government and other refugee advocacy groups to develop a fairer asylum process and more dignified treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, and is engaged at many levels in the development of a regional cooperation framework to solve the refugee crisis in the Asia-Pacific region.
Fr. Aloysius Mowe SJ
P. 02 9356 3888