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  • HIAS: Redefining Refugee Education

    Jul 15, 2013

    Perhaps the most promising and gratifying news about HIAS is their commitment to helping refugees become educated after ensuring their safety.

  • Colombian Refugees and the Effects of Violence Throughout Latin America

    Jul 11, 2013

    HIAS Latin America helps refugees who have fled Colombia’s decades-old civil war and prolonged internal violence. Since the beginning of the war, more than four million Colombians have been displaced within the country and as many as 750,000 have fled the country as refugees. HIAS’ offices in Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela provide crucial psychological and therapeutic services to Colombian refugees that would otherwise have no access to these types of services.

  • Speeding Relocation of Darfur Refugees Away from Chad Border

    Jun 21, 2013

    As the quickly approaching rainy season promises devastating flooding, HIAS is on the ground at Goz Amir Camp in southeastern Chad aiding Sudanese refugees relocating from camps on the Sudan–Chad–Central African Republic border.
  • UNHCR, HIAS, and Faith-based Coalition Unveil Landmark Declaration

    Jun 12, 2013

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and representatives of 25 faith-based non-governmental organizations today unveiled a landmark declaration aimed at strengthening protection for the world's more than 40 million refugees, internally-displaced, and stateless people.
  • Statement to U.S. House - Hearing on SAFE Act

    Jun 06, 2013

    The Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act, also known as the SAFE Act or H.R. 2278, would negatively impact individuals fleeing persecution, including refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless people. This legislation worsens expansive laws targeting terrorism that instead have consequences for refugees and asylees. It expands our immigration detention system that currently holds many torture survivors, asylum seekers, and others seeking protection in the United States from persecution in their home countries.
  • Senator Lautenberg's Legislation Brought Thousands to Freedom

    Jun 03, 2013

    For more than two decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died this morning at age 89, championed legislation that created a safe escape route to freedom for persecuted religious minorities from many corners of the globe. Today, HIAS joins the people of New Jersey and America in mourning his loss.
  • Ukraine Develops its Commitment to the Rights of Unaccompanied Minors

    May 31, 2013

    After a little more than a year working at HIAS in Ukraine, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study human rights and refugee law in the United States. Seeing Ukraine’s asylum system from this new perspective allows me to value Ukraine’s comparative freedom from bureaucracy, but also increases my concern about the country’s relatively low level of respect for the rule of law and human rights.
  • Rampant Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iran

    May 22, 2013

    Behind Iran’s menacing foreign policy is a fractured internal state that is becoming increasingly totalitarian. News agencies do not frequently report on this aspect of Iran, but religious persecution in Iran is rampant.
  • HIAS' National Refugee Resettlement Conference Gives Professionals New Tools for Success

    May 09, 2013

    This is the annual HIAS National Resettlement Conference, a veritable boot camp for refugee resettlement workers who prepare for, receive, and facilitate integration of the nearly 3,500 refugees HIAS affiliates resettle across the country each year.
  • The Ultimate Legacy: Senator Lautenberg and Continued Protection for Iranian Religious Minorities

    May 08, 2013

    “More than twenty years ago, I created this program to allow religious minorities to escape persecution and live safely in the United States.” That is what Senator Lautenberg said about the Lautenberg Amendment after an extension and expansion of the program was included in the Senate’s immigration reform bill.

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