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  • 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.
  • What You Should Know When Candidates Talk About Refugees

    Oct 10, 2016

    With the global refugee crisis at the forefront of the discourse related to a presidential election for the first time in recent history, we felt it was necessary to set the record straight on some crucial points.
  • HIAS Remembers Ellen Dubin

    Oct 07, 2016

    For 20 years, Ellen Dubin was at the center of refugee resettlement efforts in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following her passing on September 29, 2016, HIAS remembers her integral contributions to the refugee community and her central role in resettling more than 1,500 refugees from at least 15 countries in North Carolina.
  • Resettled Refugees Meet With Congress, Share Personal Experiences

    Oct 07, 2016

    Refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons from each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia participated in the Refugee Congress, sharing their own stories and helping to inform policy makers about the realities and challenges of fleeing persecution and restarting life in a new land.
  • Meet George, A Liberian Refugee Bringing a Positive Message to Capitol Hill

    Oct 05, 2016

    George has called America home since he was seven years old. Originally from Liberia, his family fled a violent civil war. George was on Capitol Hill last week to meet his representatives in Congress because, he said, “I wanted to be a voice for refugees. I know their struggle.”
  • Torture is Illegal, But Not Gone. Here’s What HIAS is Doing About It.

    Sep 29, 2016

    Despite an international ban on the use of torture, it is still a heartbreakingly common tactic around the globe. HIAS Kenya took on 180 such cases last year. This year, they already have more than 70 new ones.
  • WATCH: Senators Make Emotional Case for Helping Refugees

    Sep 28, 2016

    “I just think that this is really a matter of values when you come right down to it, and I think our country is enriched by refugees like my grandfather,” said Senator Al Franken (D-MN). “I think we have to do a gut check here, and see who we are as a people.”
  • HIAS Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee

    Sep 27, 2016

    In advance of a September 28, 2016, congressional hearing on the Obama administration's plans for the U.S. refugee resettlement program for fiscal year 2017, HIAS submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

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