Attorneys Volunteer to Protect Asylum Seekers

Nov 21, 2016

Recognizing the growing demand for assistance navigating the tedious legal process tied to securing asylum status in the U.S., HIAS recently launched a pro bono training program for attorneys to volunteer their services.

Asylum Seekers Still at Risk, Report Finds

Aug 03, 2016

“More than 50,000 unaccompanied children from Central America crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in fiscal year 2014 alone. We owe it to those kids to ensure they won’t be sent back into an unsafe situation by mistake or oversight,” said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.

Stories of Strength, Survival and Success: Asylum Seekers in Israel

Jul 25, 2016

After escaping persecution in Eritrea, Asmait made her way to Israel, where she became a custodian in a neighborhood school. Despite her hard work, the students teased her ruthlessly. Their attitudes changed only after a teacher asked Asmait to share her story with them. “It felt strengthening,” explained Asmait. “I knew then that the reason people are not happy to see us is just because they do not know our story.”

Young Rwandan Finds a New Start in South Portland

Apr 13, 2016

After finishing at Southern Maine Community College, Yves plans to transfer to the University of Southern Maine to complete his Bachelor’s degree. Where does he find the time to study between two jobs and his classes? “It's hard, but I try.”

Client Success Story: 'Bintou' Granted Asylum

Jan 07, 2016

When Bintou* came to HIAS seeking legal assistance, she was anxious about her future. While she was in the United States pursuing a business degree, war had broken out in Mali, her country of citizenship. She feared it would not be safe for her to return there, but she wasn’t sure what she could do about it.
Usumain Baraka, an asylum seeker from Darfur who arrived in Israel as an unaccompanied minor

Promoting a Pro Bono Culture in Israel

Sep 17, 2015

HIAS Israel Director Sivan Carmel urges lawyers to consider the benefits of pro-bono work with refugees and asylum seekers. "If you join our program you will probably not change the world, but you can make a real difference in the life of one person, of one family."

HIAS Secures Asylum for Tajik Persecuted for Converting to Christianity

Sep 14, 2014

HIAS is proud to announce that a client, a converted Christian from Tajikistan who was jailed and tortured for bringing bibles into the country, has been granted asylum in the U.S.

Asylum Seekers, Not 'Infiltrators'

There are tens of thousands of asylum seekers, mostly from East Africa, in Israel today. But while they have been in the country for years, their legal status remains in flux.