Sara Garcia is 29 years old. She is from Spain but moved to Belgium three years ago. She works as Communications Officer at JRS Europe
If you had to say something that defines yourself, what would it be?
I am always eager to learn.
What values matter more in your life?
Dignity, solidarity, hospitality and equity.
How do you want to contribute to your community?
With my work, I would like to contribute to create a better world.
What is the change that you want/wish to see in Europe?
In the more recent years, we are seeing a regression, and for me Europe has to go forward. I want to live in a Europe that lives up to its values and truly fosters a society of inclusion, tolerance, justice, solidarity and non-discrimination.
Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?
JRS was born 40 years ago with the crisis of the Vietnamese refugees known as “boat people”. Since that moment JRS has responded to several so-call crises to help give opportunities to those who had to leave their homes behind. As long as these situations still occur, JRS will still be there, in camps, reception centres, detention centres… I will be glad the day that JRS’s work is not needed anymore.
How does your work/activity contribute to JRS mission?
JRS gave me the possibility of achieving my dream of working for social change. In my daily work I try to give voice to those who sometimes are unheard, to counter anti-migrant narratives and foster positive ones, and to promote critical thinking.
What does JRS mean to you?
JRS is a place with a lot of people doing their best to create a better society. This is JRS for me The people all around the world that work tirelessly to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees and other displaced people. And I am lucky enough to work side by side with them.