Refugee resettlement lies at the heart of HIAS’ work in the U.S., and we are the only Jewish organization designated by the federal government to undertake this humanitarian work.
As the oldest resettlement organization in the world, HIAS has seen time and again that when refugees are provided with a welcoming environment and adequate support, they can be tremendous assets to their neighborhoods and societies, boosting local economies, and excelling at entrepreneurship. This is especially true in the U.S., where starting over offers not just safety but promise and opportunity.
Resettlement is available to a fortunate few -- less than 1 percent of the 60 million people worldwide who were forced to flee their homelands due to persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, gender, or sexual orientation.
HIAS’ resettlement clients include some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees, those whose lives continued to be at risk in the country to which they immediately fled: women heads of households in cultures where men traditionally serve as protectors, orphaned and separated children who are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, and persecuted LGBT people, among others.
Following resettlement, HIAS supports both refugees and host communities around the U.S. to ensure successful integration. Although this can be a long process requiring the participation of many actors, refugees bring the resilience and resourcefulness that saved their lives at home.
- HIAS is proud to partner with local Refugee Assistance Organizations around the country to assist newly arriving refugees.
- The Linking Communities (TLC) Project: Creating Welcome for Refugees.
- HIAS maintains an archive of arrival cards and other documents and provides them as needed to resettled refugees.