Jesuits in the U.S. are engaged in many international activities in support of justice efforts around the world. Some current examples are:
U.S. Jesuits work with African Jesuits on HIV/AIDS issues, especially through the African Jesuit Aids Network (AJAN). The African Jesuits have named peace in this troubled continent as a major ministerial goal, and U.S. Jesuits support the Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as studies in this field by African Jesuits in the United States. We are exploring new ways of advocating for American policies and practices that could serve Africa better and more justly. These include investigating U.S. corporate activities on the continent with a particular focus on extractive industries such as oil extraction and mining.
U.S. Jesuits support the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in South Asia, particularly Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal. Lay men and women with Jesuit Volunteers International teach elementary school children in Nepal. Jesuits are present in such troubled areas as Myanmar as well as in long-term “missions” such as Japan. They assist Chinese Jesuits in education and help advocate for just policies wherever U.S. and corporate activity warrant it.
U.S. Jesuits are working with European Jesuit ministries such as the Catholic European Study and Information Center (OCIPE) to coordinate advocacy work and other efforts to create social and economic structures that are more just and equitable.
U.S. Jesuits have worked closely with the Jesuits of Colombia in their efforts to bring about peace to that conflict-torn country. We collaborate closely with the Jesuit Migration Service of Mexico and Central America on issues related to migration and development.
Jesuits and their social ministries work with international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Labor Organization and various regional development banks to promote more just development structures and policies. The Washington-based Center of Concern, an independent research and advocacy organization staffed and supported in part by Jesuits, has long been an important player in this arena.