HIAS' Role

Every year, the U.S. offers refuge to tens of thousands of people from around the world.

The refugee resettlement process involves many different steps and follows different paths depending on the refugee’s country of origin, location of family, and a host of other factors.

HIAS’ Refugee Resettlement Program is made up of local service agencies, most of which are part of the Jewish communal network. Refugees arriving in the U.S. are always greeted at the airport by an affiliate agency staff member and/or a family member if they have one.

The first 30 days of resettlement is filled with activities and service provision. Our dedicated affiliate staff members assist clients in orientating to life in the U.S., obtaining medical care, finding and securing employment, enrolling children in school, providing English lessons and vocational training and other services essential towards refugees becoming acclimated to life in the United States.