News & Stories

Sharing stories to influence change

When Rashid (not his real name), a participant of Jesuit Social Services’ settlement programs, was offered the opportunity to travel to Canberra to meet with a number of federal MPs late last year he took it with both hands.“I was very happy to be asked to go to…

Read More

#fairgoforfamilies brings refugee voices to Canberra

For many refugees living in our community the challenges of resettlement can be exacerbated by the trauma of long-term separation from their immediate family. Over the past year Jesuit Social Services, the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) and the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) have collaborated…

Read More

Justice and Peace Commission Statements on Manus Island

The Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Justice and Peace Commission have both released statements calling on the Australian Government to end the crisis on Manus Island by bringing all 600 refugees and asylum seekers to Australia immediately.…

Read More

A joint Catholic statement on the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island

November 8, 2017A week after the official closure of the Manus Island detention centre, more than 600 refugees and people seeking asylum languish inside, unsafe and uncertain about their futures.After forcibly transferring the men to Manus Island in 2013-2014, the Australian government and its sub-contractors have now abandoned…

Read More

More than 600 men on Manus Island deserve sanctuary in Australia

The more than 600 men at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre must be spared further emotional and physical harm and resettled in Australia or suitable third countries, says Jesuit Social Services.“More than 600 men are directly impacted by the closure of the Manus Island detention centre today,…

Read More

The injustice dished out to refugee families

12th October 2017By Andrew Hamilton SJFamilies divided across the globe have often been an unconsidered side effect of Australia’s refugee policy. When Australia welcomes refugees and people seeking asylum generously, there can still be a long delay in being reunited with family members overseas. When the attitude to…

Read More

This treatment of people seeking asylum is unacceptable

Dear friends,On Migrant and Refugee Sunday we awoke to the announcement that around 100 people seeking asylum, brought to Australia for medical reasons, were to have their income support stopped and their government supported accommodation vacated in 3 weeks. This is the first group and it is likely…

Read More

Enough is enough

The people on Manus Island who sought protection in Australia must in decency be brought to Australia. Enough is enough. The protests at the cutting of services on Manus Island, the leaked conversation between the Australian Prime Minister and the United States President and most recently the death…

Read More
UA-81862637-1