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  • 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.
  • Fordham Pie Contest Raises Funds and Awareness for Syrian Refugees

    Dec 08, 2016

    Step one: Buy a pie.​ Step two: Throw the pie at a professor or fellow student. Step three: Help Refugees.
  • LISTEN: HIAS December Briefing Call

    Dec 06, 2016

    HIAS held a briefing call for supporters on Tuesday, December 6 on the “big changes” to both policy and the environment of welcome in the United States as we prepare for a Trump administration. Click to listen to a full recording.
  • AmeriCorps Volunteers Turn Their Attention Toward Refugees

    Dec 05, 2016

    Saba Al Tameemi came to Washington state with her husband and two children in October 2015. Just two months later, the 35-year-old Iraqi with a master’s degree in English and American Literature from the University of Baghdad began helping other newly arrived refugees achieve self-sufficiency.

  • After War, and Waiting, Syrian Refugees Find Welcome in Buffalo

    Dec 01, 2016

    The middle-aged man sat quietly in a nondescript refugee center conference room. On the table before him lay a hand-drawn illustration, a colorful, heartfelt expression of thanks to those who had helped his family reach safety after years of tragedy and trauma.
  • Teens Win Status With Legal Help From HIAS: “It Feels Good to Live Without Fear”

    Nov 29, 2016

    Nerea, Oliver, and Eduardo have experienced more violence than any child should. In Honduras, they were stalked by MS13, a notorious street gang, and moved into their aunt and uncle’s home in a neighboring city in an effort to escape. But that was just the start.
  • Across the US, Refugees Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving

    Nov 22, 2016

    Across the country, refugees have already begun to gather for Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S. communities that have welcomed them. Celebrations from Philadelphia to San Diego let refugees and volunteers share the food, and the spirit, of the upcoming holiday.
  • From Brooklyn to the Bronx, a Manhattan Synagogue Spreads Welcome on Thanksgiving

    Nov 22, 2016

    Early Sunday morning, Charlie Blank and Jenn Corker set off to meet a family of Afghan refugees. A halal turkey sat in a cooler on the back seat. Blank and Corker are members of East End Temple, a Reform Jewish congregation in Manhattan that has been working with HIAS to find ways to support and advocate for refugees.

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