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  • Some Heartening News for Refugees from Recent Brookings Polls

    Jul 11, 2016

    Last month, the Brookings Institution released polling results showing that a majority of Americans support opening their doors to refugees escaping conflict in the Middle East.
  • Countdown to Resettlement: Iranian Refugees Prepare for Life in the US

    Jul 06, 2016

    When I walk into the cultural orientation session, intended to help prepare this group of Iranian refugees for life in the U.S., they are in the middle of a game. All of the participants, young and old, jump up and rush to find seats. One young woman, who is not trying particularly hard to find a chair, feigns disappointment at having to answer the next question.
  • Interfaith With Impact: HIAS Volunteers Join Multifaith Effort for Syrian Refugees

    Jun 30, 2016

    In a powerful show of support for Syrian refugees, close to 1,000 volunteers gathered in the historic 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, assembling personal hygiene kits for those who have fled the Syrian civil war. “It made me feel part of a larger community. One that is saying to the recipients of these packages, there are people who care about you. You are not forgotten,” said Laurel Garron, a HIAS volunteer.
  • Guest Post: Newcomer Art Exhibit Expands Dialogue in North Carolina

    Jun 28, 2016

    Journeys to a Different Landscape, showcasing works by kindergarten through high school students from 19 different countries who have settled in the Triangle area, drew more than 100 community members to its opening in Carrboro on May 13.
  • Stories of Survival: Pedro and His Wife Find a New Life in Venezuela

    Jun 26, 2016

    “Because of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, since 2007 HIAS Venezuela has been able to assist more than 500 victims of torture and their families, including Pedro,” said Isabel Altuve, Interim Director of HIAS Venezuela.
  • Photos: See How Refugees Around the World Celebrate World Refugee Day

    Jun 23, 2016

    On June 20, 2016, World Refugee Day celebrations around the world honored the bravery and perseverance of the millions of men, women and children who are refugees today—and also provided an opportunity for refugees themselves to have a bit of fun.
  • A Record-Smashing Year for Global Displacement: What You Need to Know

    Jun 21, 2016

    More than 65 million people were displaced by war and persecution by the end of 2015, according to a report released on World Refugee Day by the U.N. refugee agency. Here’s what you need to know.
  • [VIDEO] After 17 Years, Refugee Brothers Find A New Country, A New Home

    Jun 20, 2016

    Watch this beautiful Jewish-Muslim-Christian refugee story and meet Jalal, Kamal, and the community that welcomed them with open arms.
  • León Rodríguez: Welcoming Refugees is More Than Just a Humanitarian Obligation

    Jun 20, 2016

    Before he became Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security, León Rodríguez was the grandchild of Jews who fled anti-semitism in Poland and Turkey. “At the end of the day, refugees and refugee families are just like us, except in much more difficult situations,” Rodríguez says in an exclusive video interview.
  • In New York, Musicians Gather for World Refugee Day Tribute

    Jun 14, 2016

    Yankovskaya, who was once a refugee herself, started the Refugee Orchestra Project to showcase “the contribution that those who have come to this country seeking a better life have made.” Many of the musicians and singers are also refugees, like acclaimed soprano Lubana Al Quntar who hails from Syria.

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