JRS UK

Juliet has been coming to the Jesuit Refugee Service Day Centre for over seven years. She’s a strong, independent woman with a wicked sense of humour. As with the majority of the destitute refugees JRS UK walk with through the Day Centre, Juliet is required to ‘report’ with the Home Office on a regular basis. It’s an inflexible administrative process which can be incredibly disorientating.Juliet explains: ‘Oh my God, going to report at the Home Office is the most stressful. Everyone who has...
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On the 2nd July, JRS UK gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) as part of its inquiry into modern slavery. Director of JRS UK, Sarah Teather, gave evidence to the committee, alongside James Wilson, Deputy Director of Detention Action, and Ahmed Ayeed, Director and Solicitor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.The evidence submitted by JRS is based on our experience of accompanying victims of trafficking and modern slavery in detention.The HASC inquiry focuses on  what...
New report shows need to end hostile policies on asylum and build communities of hospitality, says Jesuit Refugee Service UK.A new report finds that asylum seekers in destitution and detention feel dehumanised by the asylum system but find strength through community membership, faith and volunteering. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK has responded by calling for an end to hostile environment policies and for the development of policies and social action to foster community, hospitality and...
JRS UK Legal team: Michael, Legal Officer; Lujaina, Legal Project Volunteer; and Jess, Legal Caseworker
Michael and Jess have recently been working to set-up a new specialist Legal Advice Project at JRS UK, following their successful registration with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).The complexity of the asylum system often results in people initially being refused asylum, but with good legal advice and representation, people are able to demonstrate that they are refugees, and entitled to international protection.Solicitors and Immigration Advisors find it harder and...
Celebrate Refugee Week in style with a special performance from JRS UK Refugee Gospel Choir. The choir will be performing contemporary gospel pieces, alongside some well-known favourites.Directed by Magdalena Supel from Soul Sanctuary, all the members of the JRS Gospel Choir are refugees and people seeking asylum; who are supported by JRS UK. Each Wednesday afternoon the choir gather to practice and rehearse, and they come together to share with one another.Matilda Tonkin Wells, who helps to co...
Sophie Cartwright (Policy Officer), Beatrice Grasso (Detention Outreach Manager), Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Sarah Teather (JRS UK Director)
On Friday morning, the JRS UK team were delighted to welcome the centre’s local Member of Parliament, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, into their centre in Wapping. Jim, who is the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, went to hear more about the work of JRS UK and to see how he could be of assistance.JRS is an international Catholic organisation at work in around 50 countries around the world whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and those who have been forcibly displaced....
Victims of trafficking who are detained in Immigration Removal Centres are longing to be given a voice, says Beatrice Grasso. JRS UK are helping them to be heard.‘Please help me.’ These words are spoken very often inside Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) as the uncertainty of indefinite detention slowly takes its toll. During one of JRS UK’s regular outreach visits to Harmondsworth IRC, this was Xuan’s (not his real name) desperate plea to the volunteers.The volunteer who accompanied Beatrice...
Han, a refugee friend of JRS
Cristina Pecheanu, Destitution Services Manager at Jesuit Refugee Service UK, shares the importance of the activities run at the centre. ‘I was abandoned by the system, I was neglected and I don’t know how to move forward. So when I came, I found each volunteer trying to put in their best effort to welcome me with my name, which in itself is a source of comfort. Each time, each encounter gives me strength to fight for my life.’These touching words from one of our refugee friends, Han,...
A team of runners will take up the challenge of the London Marathon for Jesuit Refugee Service UK on 28th April, this year for the first time.“I came to London many years ago from the North West, but I have always felt welcome here,” explains Daniel Curtin. “I now feel duty bound to share that with others, to make them welcome, just as others shared their city with me. I can’t, however, achieve this by myself. I know all those coming to their Day Centre feel that they belong when they receive...
 Dries van den Akker SJ, Colette Scully and Martina Maher
They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen  - well they didn’t consider saints! A new cookbook with a difference, Saintly Feasts: Food for Saints and Scholars links every recipe with a saint, from St Wilgefortis ‘St Cucumber’ to St John, who was plunged into a pot of boiling oil but emerged unscathed.The authors, Martina Maher and Colette Scully are two Irish ladies living in Birmingham who have been cooking Sunday lunch for the Jesuits for 22 years. One among them, Fr...

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