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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [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.
  • 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.
  • Senators Push Obama to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

    Jun 10, 2016

    Canada, our neighbor to the north, has roughly one tenth the population of the United States. Yet Canada has welcomed over 26,800 Syrians since November 2015, while the United States has admitted less than 2,000. But some in Washington want to do something about that.
  • What Shavuot Teaches Us About Welcoming the Stranger

    Jun 09, 2016

    Who is this woman who joins the Jewish people, this woman whose story plays a central role in our Shavuot celebrations? Before Ruth joins the Israelite people and converts, she is a stranger.
  • Six Books to Make Your World Refugee Day More Meaningful

    Jun 06, 2016

    World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength and determination of those who are forced to flee persecution, conflict and violence. We asked the refugee experts at HIAS, the oldest refugee protection organization in the world, to tell us which books moved them, inspired them and changed the way they thought about refugee issues.

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