Syrian refugees

Refugees in Greece Need Legal Aid. Here’s What HIAS is Doing to Help.

Jan 12, 2017

On July 1, 2016, on the Greek island of Lesvos, HIAS launched its newest international office in order to provide assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers facing an unfamiliar and daunting legal bureaucracy. “For those who survive the harrowing journey, landing on Lesvos is only the beginning,” said Rachel Levitan. “HIAS Greece was established to meet the urgent need people have for legal assistance and guidance on the island.”

New York Jewish Communities Get Resourceful for Refugees

Jan 04, 2017

Last year saw the number of people worldwide forced from their homes by war and persecution balloon to over 65 million, including millions fleeing the horrific conflict in Syria. As the need for urgent refugee assistance grew, so did the Jewish community’s grassroots efforts to help welcome and protect the most vulnerable refugees.

WATCH: Council on Foreign Relations Panel Discussion with HIAS' Mark Hetfield

Dec 14, 2016

Experts, including HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.

Fordham Pie Contest Raises Funds and Awareness for Syrian Refugees

Dec 08, 2016

Step one: Buy a pie.​ Step two: Throw the pie at a professor or fellow student. Step three: Help Refugees.

After War, and Waiting, Syrian Refugees Find Welcome in Buffalo

Dec 01, 2016

The middle-aged man sat quietly in a nondescript refugee center conference room. On the table before him lay a hand-drawn illustration, a colorful, heartfelt expression of thanks to those who had helped his family reach safety after years of tragedy and trauma.

What You Should Know When Candidates Talk About Refugees

Oct 10, 2016

With the global refugee crisis at the forefront of the discourse related to a presidential election for the first time in recent history, we felt it was necessary to set the record straight on some crucial points.

Hitting Important Milestone, U.S. Resettles 10,000th Syrian Refugee

Aug 29, 2016

The U.S. will reach an important milestone this week for refugees. The Obama Administration announced today that it will meet its goal of welcoming at least 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of September, part of its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria created by years of an unrelenting civil war.

A Syrian Refugee in Quito

Aug 10, 2016

It’s not an exaggeration to call the current refugee crisis global. Its effects are truly being seen worldwide. Meet Dannah, who fled her native Damascus with her mother and daughter and is now rebuilding her life in Ecuador, with help from HIAS.

Interfaith With Impact: HIAS Volunteers Join Multifaith Effort for Syrian Refugees

Jun 30, 2016

In a powerful show of support for Syrian refugees, close to 1,000 volunteers gathered in the historic 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, assembling personal hygiene kits for those who have fled the Syrian civil war. “It made me feel part of a larger community. One that is saying to the recipients of these packages, there are people who care about you. You are not forgotten,” said Laurel Garron, a HIAS volunteer.

A Record-Smashing Year for Global Displacement: What You Need to Know

Jun 21, 2016

More than 65 million people were displaced by war and persecution by the end of 2015, according to a report released on World Refugee Day by the U.N. refugee agency. Here’s what you need to know.

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