Sarah Teather

In this special report, BBC2's Newsnight heard from Fr Dominic Robinson of Farm Street Church talk about the crisis facing unemployed and homeless people after the pandemic.Speaking from the Central London Catholic Churches’ refreshment hub in Trafalgar Square, Fr Dominic said: "We are seeing more and more people who have lost their jobs in all sorts of places, a lot from the hospitality sector. This is a crisis that isn't going to go away."Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service...
Jesuit Refugee Service UK has said the indefinite and arbitrary process of immigration detention is fostering a culture of death, suicide and self-harm, that is causing long-term damage to people’s physical and mental health. In a new report, ‘Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention’, JRS say detention has a deep and lasting impact on the individual’s sense of self and humanity and on the way people interact with the world.The traumatic effects of detention stretch far...
Join Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK and Pope Francis biographer and journalist, Austen Ivereigh, for a special refugee week conversation, reflecting on the issues COVID has thrown up for the Church and its care for the most marginalised. What can we learn from Francis’ leadership about how the Church should respond? How is the Church responding on the ground to the issues facing refugees and migrants during the pandemic? What lessons can we learn...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Sarah Teather’s talk at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre began with words from Pope Francis that we are called to see the face of Christ who pleads with us for help among those who are fleeing or suffering.She gave us the opportunity for an encounter with this suffering, to understand something of lives which were already incredibly precarious before the outbreak of coronavirus, but which were then transformed to complete crisis. Those people, surviving by moving between the homes of various...
Refugees welcome
JRS responds to new parliamentary report on the safety of migrants and asylum seekersOn Monday MPs published a report indicting the UK’s excessive focus on border security, leading Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to once again call for safe and legal routes to migrate and seek asylum.The report, compiled by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, says that “A policy that focuses exclusively on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes, and push them into the hands...
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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 Gospel Choir
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, in order to encourage a better understanding between communities.Jesuit Refugee Service UK is marking the event in three ways.JRS UK Director Sarah Teather has been invited to write and present BBC Radio 4’s  Prayer for the Day which is broadcast...
English Channel
This report was published yesterday by Jesuit Refugee Service in response to the current media focus on the English Channel.JRS UK is deeply troubled by the Government’s comments and response to those individuals crossing the English Channel to reach the UK in search of safety and security. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those individuals around the world who are struggling to find safety, as we welcome in this New Year.As was widely reported today (Wednesday 2 Jan), Mr Javid spoke to...
The 30th October was an exciting day for the JRS UK team as a new multi-purpose space, The Elliot Garden Room, was officially opened at the JRS UK Offices in Wapping. This calm and beautiful space, named after Br Bernard Elliot SJ who first started JRS UK in the 1980s, will be used for one-on-one support and therapeutic work for refugees, as well as prayer and reflection groups and creative activities.The building was opened by Fr Damian Howard SJ, Father Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain,...

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