Centro Astalli (JRS Italy) is the Italian section of the Jesuit Refugee Service. For 40 years it has been engaged in activities and services that have the objective of accompanying, serving and advocating for the rights of those arriving in Italy fleeing war and violence, often including torture. Centro Astalli is also committed to making people aware of who the refugees are, their story and the reasons that brought them here. The support to refugees and the sharing of their experiences is at the centre of all the services of Centro Astalli, from those of first reception (for refugees who have recently arrived in Italy) to the activities of awareness and the commitment to advocacy, which aims to change unfair policies at a local, national or international level. Everyday about 500 volunteers are involved in Centro Astalli services, activities and project to help and accompany asylum seekers and refugees.