Sarah Teather

The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has published a report which supports a just and person-centred asylum system. The aim of the report is to bring the refugee experience and policy analysis into conversation with Catholic Social Teaching. The report is also a response to new, deeply troubling government proposals for an overhaul of the asylum system. You can read the full report here. To find out more about the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, click here. Keep up-to-date with news from...
Changes announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel today, have been condemned by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) as deeply cruel, dishonest, and inhumaneThose seeking asylum who arrive via irregular routes, such as in small boats in the English Channel, will no longer have the same entitlements when claiming asylum as those who arrive through government designated routes.Under new plans to be announced in parliament this afternoon, those forced to flee their homes, seeking protection from...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
London-based charity, the Jesuit Refugee Service UK1 has renewed its condemnation of the use of disused barracks as asylum accommodation in the wake of a fire at Napier Barracks, which has led to a lack of electricity and hot water. It was rapidly followed by revelations that Home Office officials intentionally deployed substandard asylum accommodation to manage public opinion. 2In considering the use of barracks as asylum accommodation, the Home Office stated that destitute people...
Asylum seekers are among those being deported from the UK this week, in a bid by the British government to beat the Brexit negotiation deadline.Sarah Teather, director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, said: “Under cover of Covid and the rush for Brexit, the government is subjecting survivors of trafficking and torture to brutal treatment.”“Skipping sections of your own due process to avoid listening to details of trafficking that would require a more careful approach to the person in front of you...
In response to news of the death of a child who attempted to travel across the English Channel to seek safety, Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK said:“This is terrible news. He was just a child. What an awful way to die. In amongst the news coverage, we must remember that he was someone’s son, brother, and friend. We pray for all who loved him and who will grieve for him.  “This terrible tragedy tells us again that governments have to act. We have systematically closed down the safe...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
The Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Sarah Teather, will be talking about Channel crossings on the Sunday programme on BBC Radio 4 this weekendSarah will be speaking alongside a Church of England Bishop. Listen out for the interview this Sunday (you can do so you can do so here). 
Fr Dominic interviewed by Newsnight during the first lockdown
In this special report, BBC2's Newsnight heard from Fr Dominic Robinson of Farm Street Church talk about the crisis facing unemployed and homeless people after the pandemic.Speaking from the Central London Catholic Churches’ refreshment hub in Trafalgar Square, Fr Dominic said: "We are seeing more and more people who have lost their jobs in all sorts of places, a lot from the hospitality sector. This is a crisis that isn't going to go away."Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service...
Jesuit Refugee Service UK has said the indefinite and arbitrary process of immigration detention is fostering a culture of death, suicide and self-harm, that is causing long-term damage to people’s physical and mental health. In a new report, ‘Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention’, JRS say detention has a deep and lasting impact on the individual’s sense of self and humanity and on the way people interact with the world.The traumatic effects of detention stretch far...
Join Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK and Pope Francis biographer and journalist, Austen Ivereigh, for a special refugee week conversation, reflecting on the issues COVID has thrown up for the Church and its care for the most marginalised. What can we learn from Francis’ leadership about how the Church should respond? How is the Church responding on the ground to the issues facing refugees and migrants during the pandemic? What lessons can we learn...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Sarah Teather’s talk at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre began with words from Pope Francis that we are called to see the face of Christ who pleads with us for help among those who are fleeing or suffering.She gave us the opportunity for an encounter with this suffering, to understand something of lives which were already incredibly precarious before the outbreak of coronavirus, but which were then transformed to complete crisis. Those people, surviving by moving between the homes of various...

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