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  • 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.
  • Thinking Globally, Interning Locally

    Dec 15, 2016

    This semester, like many college students, I sought an internship that enhanced what I was being taught in the classroom. For some, these internships have been spent filing papers, making copies and answering phones. Not for me.
  • WATCH: Council on Foreign Relations Panel Discussion with HIAS' Mark Hetfield

    Dec 14, 2016

    Experts, including HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.
  • Boscoe Finds Safety and Self-Expression in Seattle

    Dec 13, 2016

    With the same level of determination he applied to his journey to the U.S., Boscoe refuses to let his circumstances determine his future—giving up is simply not an option. “I am so appreciative of the help I received from everyone here, but it is up to me to make sure I move forward,” Boscoe said.

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