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  • 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.
  • Young Refugee Photographers Show Promise

    Sep 26, 2016

    “These young people were looking to talk about their lives, their dreams and their experiences as refugees. We thought that photography was a good way to tell these stories,” said HIAS Psychologist Cesar Torres. The exhibition, held at one of the largest theaters in the area, featured the work of six refugee youth following seven months of training and artistic development.
  • Former HIAS Client and Holocaust Survivor Interviewed on Democracy Now!

    Sep 22, 2016

    Former HIAS client, Kindertransport survivor and refugee advocate Manfred Lindenbaum was interviewed live on Democracy Now!, sharing his personal experiences as a refugee and responding to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son’s comparison of Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.
  • UPDATED: Texas Rabbis Write in Support of Welcoming Refugees

    Sep 21, 2016

    "As rabbis, we believe that every life is sacred, and every person is created in the image of God. Our biblical tradition teaches us to 'welcome the stranger' with compassion, and to care for those in need. We strongly support refugee resettlement in our local communities, and we call on you to uphold the legacy of a country and state that welcomes refugees."

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