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  • Because We Are Jewish

    Aug 01, 2013

    What HIAS has done is moved from the “Exodus” period of our first 120 years, in which HIAS focused on bringing Jews from oppression to freedom, to HIAS’s “Leviticus” period, in which we fulfill Jewish values and assist refugees of all faiths and ethnicities based on our own Exodus experiences.
  • The Cinderblock Welcome

    Jul 31, 2013

    After passing through a metal detector and barbed wire fence, visitors to Delaney Hall Detention Facility are greeted by a white cinderblock wall splashed with the word “Welcome!” in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and French. As a summer intern with HIAS, I have spent two days each week at Delaney Hall, serving as an interpreter for the incredible team that provides legal counsel.
  • By adapting to the times, HIAS rescues itself

    Jul 18, 2013

    One could say that the grandchildren of Russian Jewish immigrants helped by HIAS a century ago are now paying it forward, coming to the aid of others in need around the world. 

  • With Few Jews Left to Save, HIAS Aids Non-Jewish Refugees

    Jul 16, 2013

    “If anyone would know about being forced to flee from their homes, the Jews would know,” said Anne Mwangi-Wambugu, HIAS’ country director for Kenya, which has taken in refugees from conflicts in neighboring countries as well as gay refugees subject to persecution elsewhere.

  • HIAS: Redefining Refugee Education

    Jul 15, 2013

    Perhaps the most promising and gratifying news about HIAS is their commitment to helping refugees become educated after ensuring their safety.

  • A Voluntary Deportation of Eritreans from Israel?

    Jul 15, 2013

    Reading about the new procedure that allows voluntary repatriation from detention, one wonders: If the people reported on in the article want to return because they truly want to go home, then why not let them make this decision outside the walls of detention? After all, the result should not be different if this is a genuinely voluntary decision.
  • Colombian Refugees and the Effects of Violence Throughout Latin America

    Jul 11, 2013

    HIAS Latin America helps refugees who have fled Colombia’s decades-old civil war and prolonged internal violence. Since the beginning of the war, more than four million Colombians have been displaced within the country and as many as 750,000 have fled the country as refugees. HIAS’ offices in Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela provide crucial psychological and therapeutic services to Colombian refugees that would otherwise have no access to these types of services.

  • Speeding Relocation of Darfur Refugees Away from Chad Border

    Jun 21, 2013

    As the quickly approaching rainy season promises devastating flooding, HIAS is on the ground at Goz Amir Camp in southeastern Chad aiding Sudanese refugees relocating from camps on the Sudan–Chad–Central African Republic border.
  • UNHCR, HIAS, and Faith-based Coalition Unveil Landmark Declaration

    Jun 12, 2013

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and representatives of 25 faith-based non-governmental organizations today unveiled a landmark declaration aimed at strengthening protection for the world's more than 40 million refugees, internally-displaced, and stateless people.
  • Statement to U.S. House - Hearing on SAFE Act

    Jun 06, 2013

    The Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act, also known as the SAFE Act or H.R. 2278, would negatively impact individuals fleeing persecution, including refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless people. This legislation worsens expansive laws targeting terrorism that instead have consequences for refugees and asylees. It expands our immigration detention system that currently holds many torture survivors, asylum seekers, and others seeking protection in the United States from persecution in their home countries.

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