The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

Address: 43 Rajavithi Soi 12, Victory Monument, Phayathai,

Bangkok 10400

Tel : +66 (0) 2 640 9591-2 

Fax : +66 (0) 2 271 3632


Asia Pacific Regional Director and Thailand Country Director:

Mr. Louie Bacamo

                                                                                                                              Email: louie.bacomo@jrs.net




Address: 9/1 Panglornikom Road, Soi4, Jongkam, 

                Amphur Muang, Mae Hong Son 58000

Tel. 053 695 121              

Fax. 053 695 066

Mr. Rolando Plata Verzosa (Rollie)


                               The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

Year started working with refugees in Thailand: 1980

Sectors of work: Education, psycho-social services, livelihoods, legal assistance, emergency assistance, medical services, capacity building, advocacy. People served include refugees, asylum seekers, people in detention, and migrants.

Work locations with displaced persons: Bangkok, Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Mae Sot, Wiang Haeng (Chiang Mai)

Funding sources: EC/Save the Children International, CAFOD, IRT, Misereor/KZE, Caritas network, Jesuit mission, private individuals.

PROJECT Descriptions:

Mission: To accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.


Refugee Education Programme, Mae Hong Son

Goal:To ensure the delivery of quality inclusive education and training for refugees in Ban Mai Surin Camp and Ban Mai Nai Soi Camp, and to enhance skills and livelihood opportunities for refugees.

Activities: JRS supports the Karenni Education Department (KnED) in provision of the following educational programmes: Primary Education (Kindergarten – 4th Standard); Secondary School Education (5th – 10th Standard); Special Education (inclusive and out-of-school); Home-School Liaison; Curriculum Development; Teacher Training; and vocational training, non-formal education and adult literacy.


Sustainable Livelihoods Programme, Mae Sot, Tak

Goal: To empower migrants and migrant organisations in Mae Sot to become more self-reliant and have sustainable livelihoods.

Activities: Livelihood activities, capacity building, emergency assistance, advocacy


Outreach to the Shan and Lahu, Wiang Haeng, Chiang Mai

Goal: To promote educational and livelihood opportunities for the Shan and Lahu refugee communities in Wiang Haeng and Chiang Dao District, including Krung Jor Temporary Camp.
Activities: Educational support, teacher training, livelihood activities


Urban Refugee Programme, Bangkok

Goal: To support urban refugees and asylum seekers in Metropolitan Bangkok with emergency assistance and psychosocial and legal services.

Activities: Casework, community support, psycho-social counseling, legal services, emergency assistance


Immigration Detention CenterProgramme, Bangkok

Goal: To improve the physical and psychosocial wellbeing of detainees and to strengthen the protection of detainees.

Activities: Medical care, supplementary food program, social activities, legal services, assistance with voluntary return, advocacy.


Education for Migrant Children Programme, Ranong

Goal: To increase the educational opportunities of Burmese migrant children in Thai schools.

Activities: Educational support, community outreach, advocacy.