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  • HIAS Interns Leave Their Mark

    Aug 31, 2016

    “I was a HIAS U.S. Programs Intern over the summer and honestly had an incredible experience,” said Nasreen Baten-Tschan, one of three summer interns working with the U.S. programs team at HIAS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • Hitting Important Milestone, U.S. Resettles 10,000th Syrian Refugee

    Aug 29, 2016

    The U.S. will reach an important milestone this week for refugees. The Obama Administration announced today that it will meet its goal of welcoming at least 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of September, part of its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria created by years of an unrelenting civil war.
  • L.A. Synagogues Going the Distance for Refugees in SoCal

    Aug 24, 2016

    A recent story in Jewish Journal highlighted the efforts of Temple Beth Am in LA to help recently resettled refugees in Southern California. Beth Am, who have joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign, partnered with Modern Orthodox B’nai David-Judea Congregation to collect needed items for newly arrived refugees.
  • TIME: The U.S. Is Failing Central American Refugees

    Aug 19, 2016

    "We must do more to help those seeking asylum—whichever direction they’re fleeing," writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield in a newly published opinion piece for TIME.
  • The Forward: Could Trump’s ‘Ideological’ Test Bar Orthodox Jews and Israelis?

    Aug 16, 2016

    “As Jews, we feel called to oppose policies which would bar a person based on their faith or where they come from,” Nezer said. “We have full confidence in the U.S. government’s commitment to keeping our country safe, and we cannot allow xenophobia and fear to drive our policies.”
  • Fire Strikes Refugee Housing in Buffalo: How You Can Help

    Aug 12, 2016

    On the night of July 21, 2016, a house in Buffalo, New York caught fire. Next door: the apartments of 14 newly arrived refugees from around the globe.
  • A Syrian Refugee in Quito

    Aug 10, 2016

    It’s not an exaggeration to call the current refugee crisis global. Its effects are truly being seen worldwide. Meet Dannah, who fled her native Damascus with her mother and daughter and is now rebuilding her life in Ecuador, with help from HIAS.
  • HIAS Briefing Call on U.S. Refugee Resettlement - July 27, 2016

    Aug 08, 2016

    With more displaced people than ever before, people are asking questions about what the U.S can do to help, and also wanting to learn more about how resettlement to a third country, like the United States, actually works.​ To help answer these questions, HIAS held a briefing call on July 27 for those interested in learning more about the refugee resettlement process.
  • Asylum Seekers Still at Risk, Report Finds

    Aug 03, 2016

    “More than 50,000 unaccompanied children from Central America crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in fiscal year 2014 alone. We owe it to those kids to ensure they won’t be sent back into an unsafe situation by mistake or oversight,” said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.
  • NGOs Issue Vision Statement Ahead of UN Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

    Aug 02, 2016

    A group of more than 30 NGOs who work on refugee, migration and human rights issues issued a joint statement urging that the upcoming high level meeting on refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly affirm a few basic principles.

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