//JRS-South Asia: 40 years of Accompaniment

JRS-South Asia: 40 years of Accompaniment

As Jesuit Refugee Service enters into 40 years of existence in November 14, 2020, it is not a time to triumphantly celebrate its achievements but to trace out God’s footprints and His providential accompaniment with refugees, members of JRS, religious, supporters, volunteers, and people of goodwill. JRS was founded on November 14th, 1980, by Fr.Pedro Arrupe, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to respond to the needs of the ‘Boat People’. In India, JRS began its operations in 1984 in an unstructured way. In the early 1990s, JRS set up its South Asian office in ISI, Bangalore. Under dynamic leadership of Fr.Louis Pragash, the then RD, JRS shifted its head office in 2011 to  ISI, Delhi, in order to give greater impetus on networking with international agencies like UNHCR, and visibility to the urban refugees.  

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The author is currently the Regional Director of JRS-South Asia.