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  • Hard Work Ahead to Repair Broken U.S. Asylum System

    Jan 21, 2021

    As the Biden administration prepares to undo the damage done to the immigration system, it will be under pressure to work quickly but it will be hampered by complex issues regarding asylum policies and regulations.
  • The Work Ahead: What's Next For The New Administration

    Jan 20, 2021

    The start of the Biden administration offers new hope for refugees and asylum seekers, but repairing the immigration system will take time and immense effort.
  • Going Deep Into the Guyana Forest to Help Refugees

    Jan 08, 2021

    HIAS Guyana's office opened last year. The country is a relatively new destination for refugees, but the displaced population there has grown rapidly.
  • HIAS and UNHCR Strengthen Long-Standing Partnership

    Dec 22, 2020

    The leaders of HIAS and UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, signed a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen the decades-long cooperation between the two organizations.
  • 2020 Year In Review: A Global Pandemic Met with Resilience

    Dec 22, 2020

    2020 will undoubtedly be a year that many people will want to forget. But despite the unparalleled challenges of 2020, HIAS has been able to not only pivot to online programs and services but actually extend its reach to more clients. HIAS helped more than 1.17 million people this year, the highest number in the organization’s history.
  • HIAS Puts Chromebooks and Computer Education In The Hands of Clients

    Dec 16, 2020

    COVID-19 has made computers a greater necessity for newcomers than ever before. HIAS and its local affiliates are stepping in to teach clients how to use them.
  • Actor Mandy Patinkin Tells HIAS Assembly What Refugees Have Taught Him

    Dec 15, 2020

    Actors and activists Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody spoke to the Jews For Refugees Assembly about their experiences meeting refugees and the need to welcome them to the United States once again.
  • Voices from Aruba: HIAS, Clients Work Together Through Pandemic

    Dec 14, 2020

    HIAS established an office on the island in 2019 to help Venezuelan refugees. Now HIAS Aruba is feeling the impact of COVID-19 and pivoting to meet the need in different ways. Here are some "voices" from Aruba to explain.
  • Israel Scholarship Ceremony Spotlights Social Activism

    Dec 10, 2020

    On Dec. 9, HIAS Israel held its first-ever virtual scholarship awards ceremony. HIAS Israel has given scholarships to student immigrants, or olim, since the 1970s. This year, we awarded 46 scholarships to students from eight countries, the majority from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union.
  • Opinion: A Biden Appointee Who Carries the Jewish Story Itself

    Dec 09, 2020

    In an op-ed originally published in New York Jewish Week, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, writes about how former HIAS Board Member Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated to lead the Dept. of Homeland Security, is uniquely suited to lead the department and restore respect for human rights.

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