Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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Coping During Displacement: Integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Refugee Assistance Programs

March 28, 2023

At JRS/USA, we recognize the immense challenges faced by refugees and displaced individuals. We understand that displacement can cause profound trauma, which can have long-lasting effects on mental and emotional health. That's why we believe it's crucial to integrate Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) into our refugee assistance programs.The 2023 report "Coping During Displacement: Integrating MHPSS in Refugee Assistance Programs" highlights the importance of MHPSS in supporting refugees and displaced persons. The report emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to MHPSS that considers the unique experiences of each individual. We believe that by integrating MHPSS into our programs, we can help refugees build resilience and cope with the challenges of displacement.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

A Path Forward: Building a Future for Refugee Students Through Post-Secondary Education

April 20, 2022

The education gap between refugees and their host community peers is wide, especially at the higher levels of education. Today, only five percent of refugees have access to post-secondary education and training , but these learning and educational opportunities are essential to their success. Opportunities to work, earn a living, and be self-reliant are the most effective ways for refugees to rebuild their lives.This brief summarizes the challenges that prevent access to post-secondary opportunities and highlights programs and people that are increasing refugee participation, including students supported by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). When programs open doors to post-secondary training and education, refugees can rebuild their lives and maintain a sustainable livelihood. Therefore, governments, practitioners, and communities have a collective responsibility to provide access to fulfilling and meaningful post-secondary opportunities for refugees who seek them.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers