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Jesuit Refugee Service publishes booklet on advocacy

Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (photo: JRS)

A new 36-page booklet addresses all aspects of JRS advocacy, from day-to-day work in favour of one or more individuals to longer-term activities seeking to change policies nationally, regionally and globally.

The booklet gives a breakdown of the most important issues on which JRS advocacy is focused and provides concrete examples of concerns and positive outcomes of this work. The issues include: access to quality education, food security, detention, protection and durable solutions, landmines and cluster bombs, sexual- and gender-based violence and peace and reconciliation.

The publication, issued on 15 July 2011 in English, Spanish and French, demonstrates how the organisation is involved in the empowerment of forcibly displaced persons, assisting them to gain access to the rights to which they are entitled.

“We wanted to clearly set out what advocacy means in JRS, how it is an integral part of our mandate rooted in our proximity to refugees, flowing from our direct accompaniment and service provision and based on Jesuit values”, said JRS International Advocacy Coordinator, Amaya Valcárcel.

“Advocacy is an integral part of the JRS mission and our daily activities around the world. Addressing the root causes of human displacement and striving to change unjust policies are fundamental to the JRS mandate. Accompaniment becomes advocacy when an appeal is made by a JRS staff member, on behalf of a refugee, to an outside party that can provide help”, continued Ms Valcárcel.

While JRS advocacy draws on the 1951 UN refugee convention, widely acknowledged to be the cornerstone of refugee protection, the organisation uses a wider definition of ‘de facto’ refugees to guide its advocacy and service provision, including victims of armed conflicts, erroneous economic policy or natural disasters, as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs).

For a copy of the booklet in English, click here: JRSAdvocacymanual_ENG.

French: JRSAdvocacymanual_FRA

Spanish: JRSAdvocacymanual_ESP

To receive printed copies of the booklet, contact Amaya Valcárcel: international.advocacy (a) jrs.net
Tel: +39 06 689 77 465

Source: www.jrs.org

About utaroma

I'm the Officer for Advocacy Networks and Communication of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat at the Jesuit Curia in Rome. Or, shorter and sweeter: passionate about writing, fighting and networking for the greater glory of God.


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