Accompanying people seeking asylum through their journeys of seeking protection.
Accompaniment is central to the JRS mission.
Accompaniment is the act of journeying with a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is central to JRS’ work in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) defines ‘accompaniment’ as a direct and personal approach of individual interaction and cooperation with refugees which mutually empowers refugees and our personnel alike.
In accompanying the people we work with, JRS Australia recognises and acknowledges their humanity, a collective human condition that is often overlooked in refugees by the people, institutions and policies they encounter as they progress on their journeys.
The companionship and personal attention provided by JRS helps to restore dignity to forcibly displaced people so that they are able to focus on their future and deal with the circumstances of their past in a more constructive and resolute way.