Jesuit Refugee Service/USA offered training to six chaplains from detention centers across the United States during a three-day meeting in Los Angeles last month. JRS/USA based the training on knowledge gained via our long years of service to detainees in our Detention Chaplaincy Program.

Buddhist Monk Hui Dong provided attendees an introduction to Buddhism.

The JRS/USA chaplaincy programs provide pastoral and religious assistance to meet the needs of non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) both in four U.S. federal detention centers located in California, Texas, Arizona and New York, and in a Los Angeles County detention center. These programs enable people of all faiths to have access to pastoral care within their faith tradition.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes that ensuring detainee access to a Religious Service Program is crucially important because detainees have a fundamental right to freedom and exercise of religion. To further that aspect of our mission, we have compiled a Religious Service Program Guide to assist chaplains at detention centers throughout the United States.

Access the Religious Services Guide here:

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