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  • Mark Hetfield Named to Forward 50

    Nov 14, 2016

    HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield was named to the Forward newspaper's annual list of “Jews who have impacted American life” for 2016. This year’s Forward 50 recognizes Hetfield for being at the forefront of the Syrian refugee relief efforts.
  • How We Move Forward Together For Refugees

    Nov 11, 2016

    It's going to take all of us, working harder than ever, to make sure that refugees still feel welcome in this country. It is up to us to ensure that the U.S. remains a place where families fleeing war and persecution can find safety and dignity.
  • Voting for the First Time, Former Refugees Embrace Democracy

    Nov 04, 2016

    “We became refugees in the first place because there was no democratic process, no freedom. So how can you stay in your house and say your vote doesn’t count?”
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Donation Supports HIAS’ Refugee Work

    Nov 01, 2016

    Bishop Dean M. Davies stopped by HIAS’ Washington, D.C. offices on Monday, October 31 to deliver a $200,000 pledge, as well as some words of support. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the generous donation to HIAS’ ongoing work in support of refugees, one of many such donations it has made in response to the global refugee crisis.
  • Interfaith Advocates Rally Finance World In Support Of Refugees

    Oct 31, 2016

    Before they were raising funds from donors and corporate foundations in support of refugees, they were colleagues in the financial world. Greg Sharenow and Hussein Allidina founded the Interfaith Refugee Project as a way for their peers in the financial industry to join a united, interfaith response to the global refugee crisis.
  • Sukkot Round-Up: Refugees Find Welcome In Sukkahs

    Oct 26, 2016

    As part of the ongoing Jewish response to the global refugee crisis, HIAS created new visual resources for congregations and families to print and hang in their sukkahs. The visuals provided an educational component to the familiar sukkot tradition, a reminder that today, 65 million refugees and displaced people still wander the earth in search of a safe place to call home.
  • LISTEN: HIAS Leaders Hold Briefing Call On Election, Refugee Summits

    Oct 21, 2016

    HIAS held a briefing call for supporters on Thursday, October 20, providing updates on the global refugee crisis. Listen to a full recording of the call here.
  • SLIDESHOW: This Sukkot, American Jews Stand With Refugees

    Oct 20, 2016

    In recognition of the more than 65 million refugees and displaced people still wandering the earth in search of a safe place to call home, synagogues and families are “inviting” five individuals into their sukkah this year as they recreate the huts in which our Israelite ancestors found refuge.
  • NGO Leaders Send Open Letter to the Next President

    Oct 19, 2016

    An open letter to the next president of the United States, signed by the heads of 38 NGOs, including HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield, urges the next leader to "pause and consider what kind of president will you be and what will be your legacy on confronting today's most pressing international development and humanitarian challenges."
  • Joseline's Journey To Safety

    Oct 13, 2016

    In August 2013, when she was just 24, Joseline* fled her home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo after surviving a brutal act of sexual violence perpetrated by six unknown male attackers. Now 27, she is getting a new lease on life thanks to the help she received from HIAS.

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