HIAS programs help survivors address the fear, isolation, and depression that can result from forced flight, surviving or witnessing violence, loss or separation from family, and the daily stress of living on the margins of foreign cities or in refugee camps. Providing a pathway to healing is crucial if refugees are to establish new lives built on dignity and self-sufficiency.
HIAS offers individual and group counseling in refugee communities. We maintain a particular focus on the most vulnerable, including survivors of torture, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and orphaned or separated children and persecuted LGBT persons.
In addition, preventing further exploitation is imperative. HIAS operates programs for both refugee and host communities to ensure that the rights of individual refugees to a safe environment are respected by all.