Jesuits in the US are engaged in many international activities supporting justice efforts around the world. Some current examples are:
U.S. Jesuits work with African Jesuits on HIV/AIDS issues, in particular supporting 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 a new Peace Institute at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as studies in this field by African Jesuits in the US. We are currently exploring ways that we can advocate for more just U.S. policies in Africa, as well as 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. Jesuit Volunteers participate in educational missions in Nepal. Jesuits are present in such troubled areas as Myanmar, as well as long term “missions” such as Japan. They assist Chinese Jesuits in education and provide advocacy support wherever U.S. policy and corporate activity warrants 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 at creating more just world structures.
U.S. Jesuits have worked closely with the Jesuits of Colombia in their efforts to bring about peace in that troubled country. We collaborate closely with the Jesuit Migration Service of Mexico and Central America regarding migration and [under]development.
Jesuit ministries work with international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Labor Organization and various regional development banks to develop more just development structures and policies. The Center of Concern, an independent center staffed and supported in part by Jesuits, has long been an important player in this area.