Guided by our Jewish values and our historical experiences of persecution and flight, HIAS strives to ensure that the world never turns its back on those who have fled oppression, violence, or genocide. We advocate in the U.S. and internationally for laws that protect the human rights of all refugees wherever they are.
The U.S. has a long and proud tradition of refugee protection and resettlement. The atrocities of World War II, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the 1951 Refugee Convention, all form the foundation of U.S. refugee policies.
Unfortunately, the U.S. resettlement system is currently underfunded and mired in bureaucratic red tape. It must be rebuilt to effectively fulfill its original purpose to provide a safe haven for refugees and asylum seekers, while simultaneously addressing the urgent humanitarian concerns of the current worldwide refugee crises.
Beyond our shores, conflicts around the world are straining the resources of refugee host countries as never before. The international community has a responsibility to share this burden by providing financial assistance and resettlement opportunities for the most vulnerable.
HIAS is dedicated to leading the American Jewish community to push for needed reforms in American and international policies that protect all refugees.