Emergency Response

Learn more about HIAS' emergency and humanitarian response programs here.

Right to Protection's Quick Pivot to a War Footing

Jun 28, 2022

“I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and started calling colleagues,” Alexander (Sasha) Galkin recalled of the first night of the war. As the director of Right to Protection (R2P) — HIAS’ long time partner in Ukraine — he had urgent priorities: ensuring the safety of R2P staff, and working out how the organization could pivot to the new emergency.

UNHCR: 100 Million Now Displaced, 27 Million Refugees Worldwide

Jun 16, 2022

For the first time in human history more than 100 million people are displaced from their homes, UNHCR reports.

Global Humanitarian Community Failing Ukrainian Women and Girls

May 26, 2022

The global humanitarian community is failing women and girls displaced by the Russia-Ukraine war who continue to face a dire and deteriorating situation inside Ukraine and across the region, a new report shows.

Waiting for the Sky to Close

May 25, 2022

As part of a partnership with HIAS, VOICE conducted a four-week rapid assessment of Ukraine and five bordering countries to assess the needs of women and girls affected by the war and the needs of WROs and groups responding to the emergency.

HIAS Finds Ways to Help in Honduras

Apr 06, 2022

HIAS might expand its Latin American presence to help internally displaced people in communities also suffering from unemployment and gang violence.

Across Europe, HIAS Responds to Many Needs of Ukraine Refugees

Apr 01, 2022

HIAS is helping with the immediate needs of both internally displaced persons inside Ukraine and refugees in the bordering countries of Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Moldova where more than four million have fled.

From Royals to Girl Scouts, Supporters Pitch in on Ukraine Crisis

Mar 24, 2022

In the month following the invasion of Ukraine, HIAS has seen major support from individual donors, foundations, and corporate partners, including a gift from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and a $10 million grant from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.

VIDEO: HIAS Staff on the Ground in Lviv, Ukraine

Mar 16, 2022

Lauren Pucci, senior director for emergency and humanitarian programs, reported on HIAS' response to the Ukraine Crisis during a visit to Lviv, Ukraine last week.

R2P Director on NPR: Helping Refugees When You've Become One Yourself

Mar 16, 2022

Right to Protection Director Alexander (Sasha) Galkin speaks on NPR's "Morning Edition" about how R2P's staff have adapted to help those displaced by the crisis in Ukraine while being displaced themselves.

BRIEFING CALL: The Humanitarian Response in Ukraine

Mar 10, 2022

On March 9, HIAS hosted a briefing call covering the crisis in Ukraine. Senior HIAS staff, including those just returned from the region, outlined HIAS’ ongoing humanitarian response, how individuals could help, and the U.S. government’s next steps to assist those displaced by the crisis.