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  • HIAS Volunteer Wins Asylum for Belarusian Dissident in North Carolina

    Jan 23, 2017

    “Asylum is an amazing thing,” Marty Rosenbluth said. His smile was audible, even over the phone, as he described his most recent win. “When you’re in the courtroom, and that client gets good news...that's the best feeling in the world. Money can’t buy that.”
  • 1,500+ Rabbis Urge U.S. to Keep Doors Open for Refugees

    Jan 18, 2017

    More than 1,500 rabbis have signed a powerful letter to elected officials calling on the United States to keep its doors open to refugees.
  • The Hill: Graham, Cruz Proposal to Defund the U.N. is Misguided

    Jan 18, 2017

    "Cutting all funding to the U.N., which includes the Refugee Agency, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF, would cause immeasurable suffering," writes HIAS VP for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer.
  • Refugees in Greece Need Legal Aid. Here’s What HIAS is Doing to Help.

    Jan 12, 2017

    On July 1, 2016, on the Greek island of Lesvos, HIAS launched its newest international office in order to provide assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers facing an unfamiliar and daunting legal bureaucracy. “For those who survive the harrowing journey, landing on Lesvos is only the beginning,” said Rachel Levitan. “HIAS Greece was established to meet the urgent need people have for legal assistance and guidance on the island.”
  • Refugee Youth Get College & Career Ready With Help From This Innovative Program

    Jan 10, 2017

    For more than five years, JF&CS Pittsburgh has offered support specifically tailored to the needs of high school students. What started as a small summer program now reaches upwards of 60 high school juniors and seniors per year at two schools in the area.
  • New York Jewish Communities Get Resourceful for Refugees

    Jan 04, 2017

    Last year saw the number of people worldwide forced from their homes by war and persecution balloon to over 65 million, including millions fleeing the horrific conflict in Syria. As the need for urgent refugee assistance grew, so did the Jewish community’s grassroots efforts to help welcome and protect the most vulnerable refugees.
  • Resolutions That Matter: How You Can Help Refugees in 2017

    Dec 29, 2016

    If your New Year’s resolution is to do all you can to support and welcome refugees in 2017 (hey, us too!), here are some things you can do today.
  • Synagogues Gather to Learn How to Help Refugees

    Dec 27, 2016

    The social hall at Temple Micah in Washington, D.C. was humming with conversation. Roughly 100 people, representing more than 20 synagogues in the D.C. area between them, eagerly awaited information about how their congregations might take on the global refugee crisis in a very local way: partnering with a newly-arrived refugee family through the HIAS Welcome Campaign.
  • 2016: Unprecedented Need, and an Unprecedented Response

    Dec 22, 2016

    This year tested us in ways we never imagined possible, but it also spurred us to reach new heights in our work protecting and welcoming refugees. Together, we made a difference in thousands of lives in 2016.
  • 16 Days of Activism: Standing Up to Violence Against Women

    Dec 20, 2016

    Some bold men in Uganda opted to walk in women’s shoes for a day—literally. They joined a march in the streets of Kampala, boldly decked out in high heels, purses and women’s wraps in order to make a very public statement about the need to end violence against women. This was one of many events held around the world during the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women.

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