• The Helpline is Still Ringing

    Oct 08, 2015

    Every day, my phone rings. Some of the callers are in New York. Others are in Kiev. The calls come from all over. But when they call, I answer.
  • Offering Help, and Hope, to Trauma Survivors in Kenya

    Oct 02, 2015

    Winnie is the director of psychosocial programs at HIAS Kenya, where she works to help refugees deal with the psychological and emotional effects of the traumatic experiences they have faced and helps to restore dignity in their lives.



  • Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Refugee Resettlement

    Oct 01, 2015

    HIAS has welcomed refugees to the United States as new Americans for more than 130 years. As a Jewish-American organization, HIAS is acutely concerned both with the imperative to rescue refugees and to protect the security of our country. As Jews, we support policies that fulfill the Torah's mandate to 'welcome the stranger,' as we know that effective resettlement policies make the difference between life and death, between oppression and the opportunity for success.
  • A World Refugee Day Reading

    Jun 18, 2015

    Jews are a people with many holidays — times set aside to lift up important values we hold throughout the year. World Refugee Day on June 20th is a day designated to ensure that we pay attention to the daily plight of refugees — something we might strive to always be aware of but overlook in the day to day rush of our lives. We hope this reading helps you commemorate this important day:

Press Releases

  • HIAS Responds to Senate Refugee Resettlement Hearing

    "Since World War II, the U.S. has been an example to the rest of the world and has been a leader in both providing humanitarian assistance and in resettling the most vulnerable refugees from around the world. It’s a legacy we can be proud of — and one we must build on now, during this crisis, if we intend to continue to set the model we hope others will follow.”

  • HIAS Responds to Sec. Kerry’s Refugee Announcement

    HIAS CEO and President Mark Hetfield responds to Secretary Kerry’s announcement that the United States would accept 85,000 refugees next year, saying "Syrian refugees and the refugee hosting countries in the world need one giant leap from the United States, and instead they are getting one small step."