• Sudanese Refugees Making a Difference in Chad

    Jul 28, 2016

    So much of what I saw in these refugee camps was artificial–buildings that don’t belong in the middle of a desert, and people who don’t belong in the camps. By empowering refugees to become agents of change in their own communities, HIAS is helping to restore their dignity and self-sufficiency.
  • Stories of Strength, Survival and Success: Asylum Seekers in Israel

    Jul 25, 2016

    After escaping persecution in Eritrea, Asmait made her way to Israel, where she became a custodian in a neighborhood school. Despite her hard work, the students teased her ruthlessly. Their attitudes changed only after a teacher asked Asmait to share her story with them. “It felt strengthening,” explained Asmait. “I knew then that the reason people are not happy to see us is just because they do not know our story.”



Press Releases

  • HIAS Praises Expanded Protection for Central American Refugees

    “We’re very pleased to see the United States take concrete action to address the ongoing crisis in the Northern Triangle," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield. "The violence and suffering in that region of the world are acute, and we hope this will be the first of many steps taken to offer much needed assistance there. We also hope the United States will soon do more for Central American asylum seekers here, allowing them to access asylum and not keep them in detention."

  • HIAS Lauds Refugee Protection Act as Effective Solution for U.S. Asylum System

    “The Refugee Protection Act proposes thoughtful, effective, and much needed solutions to these problems and will ensure that fairness is restored to the asylum system,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ Vice President for Policy and Advocacy.