- Urge Congress to support the bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act, which will provide Afghan evacuees the opportunity to apply for permanent residency in the U.S.
- Call your Member of Congress to oppose the continuation of Title 42 at U.S. borders, which denies people fleeing violence and persecution their legal right to seek asylum.
- Use HIAS' social media graphics to raise awareness about the importance of ending Title 42.
- Tell the Biden Administration to ensure that people seeking to leave Afghanistan have access to safety.
- Participate in HIAS' August Advocacy Program Set up a meeting with your Member of Congress to advocate for the rights and safety of refugees.
SHOW UP VIRTUALLY
- Join the Jews for Refugees Facebook Group to stay connected to the Jewish movement for refugees.
- Make an in-kind donation to help refugees and asylum seekers with basic needs.
- Donate air miles to help HIAS reunite clients with their families.
- Contribute to bond funds to release immigrants from detention.
- Hang a “Refugees Welcome” banner in your window.
- Purchase refugee-made products and support refugee-owned businesses online
- Learn about how your congregation/organization can sponsor an Afghan or Ukrainian refugee family through the new HIAS Welcome Circle initiative
- Sign up to learn about how your community can be involved in local support/sponsorship for refugees
- View all current HIAS volunteer opportunities (all remote, due to COVID-19) on the HIAS Volunteer Page.
- Lawyers are needed for a variety of pro bono projects. Learn more and submit your interest.
- Spanish-speaking individuals can volunteer remotely to support HIAS' Border Response Team in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, providing services to asylum seekers. Find out more and sign up here.
- Updates on remote volunteering at HIAS can also be found at the following links: New York, Washington DC.
- Visit the HIAS Events Page for a listing of online programs to learn about refugees around the world.
- Listen our recent webinars to learn about how HIAS is taking action for refugees in the U.S. and around the world at this unprecedented time and what you can do to help.
- Subscribe to Crossing Borders, the HIAS podcast on the global refugee crisis.
- Organize a HIAS online book club using our recommended reading list. You can register your group here. In addition, use our book club guide.for students.
- Learn about HIAS’ work to protect refugees during COVID-19.
- Use this time to learn more about the worldwide refugee crisis with our General Education Resources.
ORGANIZE YOUR COMMUNITY ONLINE
- Join an upcoming educational series designed for congregations who are part of HIAS' Welcome Campaign.
- Host an online organizing meeting with community members to discuss ways to help local refugees and asylum seekers. E-mail email@example.com for support.
- Encourage your synagogue to join the HIAS Welcome Campaign.
- Donate to support HIAS’ work with refugees who are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID and facing urgent new needs.
*To discuss ways to be involved with our work, contact Rebecca Kirzner, Senior Director of Grassroots Organizing and Advocacy, who can support you and provide resources.