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  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Syrian Family Lands in Maryland, Gets Big Welcome from Local Synagogue

    Sep 07, 2016

    At 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, Karen Green is abuzz with last minute preparations. In just a few hours, she’ll be at Reagan National airport to meet the Syrian refugee family her congregation has spent the last 10 days anxiously preparing for.
  • From Albany to Kansas City, the Jewish Community Is Stepping Up for Refugees

    Sep 06, 2016

    "Against a backdrop of increased fear and unease about refugees, the American Jewish community has stepped up to the challenge, because we understand what’s at stake. Synagogues in places as varied as Albany, Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Francisco are helping newly-arrived families rebuild their lives in the United States," writes Rabbi Jennie Rosenn.
  • [AUDIO] Resettling Refugees in Pittsburgh, Human to Human

    Sep 01, 2016

    “I don’t know what they’ve been through, but I can relate to them as parents—as human beings.” Leslie Aizenman describes the “low-tech, high-touch process" of resettling refugees in Pittsburgh.

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