International Policies

HIAS works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency); the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; other international refugee assistance organizations; and local and regional human rights groups to protect refugees who are unable to return home.

We promote increased resettlement slots in resettlement countries, the fair and equal treatment of refugees in the countries where they first arrive, particularly for the most vulnerable refugees; and additional funding from the international community to assist the 16.7 million refugees in the world today. HIAS is accredited by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which enables us to undertake advocacy at the U.N. on refugee protection.

Resettlement Quotas

We encourage resettlement countries to accept greater numbers of those with the most urgent need for resettlement. READ MORE

Protection for the Most Vulnerable

It is vitally important that host country governments recognize and protect refugees and ensure that local communities and the police do the same. READ MORE

International Funding

There is a crucial need for additional resources from the international community to address the needs of refugees and share the responsibility with host countries. READ MORE