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  • 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."
  • Global Leaders Pledge Increased Aid for Refugees: What You Need to Know

    Sep 21, 2016

    Speaking to assembled world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, President Obama called for empathy for the “innocent men and women and children, who, through no fault of their own, have had to flee everything that they know, and everything that they love.”
  • Jerusalem Post Spotlights HIAS’ Work

    Sep 20, 2016

    HIAS “has become known as the U.S. Jewish community’s voice on refugee issues,” mobilizing the Jewish community around the refugee crisis, writes the Jerusalem Post.
  • USA Today: World Must Recommit to Refugees

    Sep 19, 2016

    Ahead of this week's refugee summits, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield took to the pages of USA Today to argue that, “now is the time for the world to recommit to the ideals and promises of the Refugee Convention.”
  • New Yorkers Show Support for Refugees at #JewsforRefugees Assembly

    Sep 15, 2016

    More than 200 people, including representatives from over 50 synagogues and communal organizations, gathered at HIAS' #JewsforRefugees Assembly in New York Wednesday evening to call for stronger international leadership to alleviate the global refugee crisis.
  • VIDEO: HIAS’ Mark Hetfield and Melanie Nezer Brief Foreign Press Members

    Sep 15, 2016

    Ahead of two momentous summits on the global refugee crisis, HIAS CEO and Pres Mark Hetfield and VP of Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer briefed foreign press at the New York Foreign Press Center of the U.S. Dept. of State.
  • The World Gathers to Confront the Refugee Crisis: Here’s What You Need to Know

    Sep 14, 2016

    World leaders will convene in New York on September 19 during the UN General Assembly to address the displacement crisis affecting millions of people around the globe. It’s the first time such a high level gathering has ever been held solely to focus on refugee and migration issues. The Jewish community will be watching closely, because today’s refugee law comes directly from our own historical experience as refugees.
  • The Coolest Handbags We’ve Ever Seen Were Made by This LGBT Refugee

    Sep 12, 2016

    Henry started his business with just five hand-sewn tote bags made from pieces of traditional East African fabric. They were an instant hit, and he has been expanding ever since. Over the past 11 months, he has hired 20 LGBT refugees to do piece-work, cutting the fabric he uses to make his bags. By working from home, they stay safe and are still able to earn a living.

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