Venezuela has been experiencing an escalating internal crisis for several years. This has caused the forced displacement of more than 4 million people or up to 20% of the country’s total population. Some forcibly displaced people have returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but displacement and migration continues. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Latin America as well as the Jesuits Migration Network (RJM) and the Jesuit Service to Migrants and Refugees (SJMR) Brazil have come together to provide humanitarian assistance to families displaced within Venezuela itself, and to those who have taken refugee in Colombia and in Brazil. The Jesuit teams have shown tremendous compassion and dedication as they try and reach the most vulnerable migrants. They hope to alleviate suffering and mitigate the effects of the national crisis by providing food, essential household items, lodging, transportation, legal and spiritual advice, healthcare (especially to children needing vaccinations and pregnant women) and extending other emergency services based on need.
The millions of people who have been forcibly displaced are also victims of the growing xenophobia against migrants by local populations. To counteract discrimination, fear and prejudice, JRS, RJM and SJMR work with local communities to disseminate accurate information about the plight of displaced people from Venezuela and conduct educational and advocacy campaigns for both locals and displaced people on migrant rights and the promotion of a culture of hospitality.
Canadian Jesuits International is grateful to be able to respond to this crisis through our support of this project and our partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Services in, Latin America, the Jesuits Migration Network and the Jesuit Service to Migrants and Refugees – Brazil.
Help provide forcibly displaced Venezuelans with basic necessities, health care, and other emergency needs.
Regional Director: Oscar Calderón
JRS Latin America and the Caribbean
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