Global Crisis

The Refugee Ban Is In Effect. Now What?

Jul 13, 2017

“As a Jewish organization that protects refugees, we are reminded of the other shameful times in our history when America slammed its door shut on people fleeing for their lives.”

SLIDESHOW: Celebrating World Refugee Day 2017

Jun 21, 2017

See photos of how people honored World Refugee Day 2017 around the world.

60,000 Reasons Why We're Fighting the Muslim Ban

Feb 28, 2017

Legal challenges have suspended many parts of the Muslim ban, but our doors remain closed to some 60,000 vulnerable people seeking safety in this country. That hurts people like Eden, Sunam and Magan who have been separated from loved ones. The family reunions they had long hoped for now seem out of reach. We're challenging that in court.

HIAS Names Shelly Pitterman Senior Vice President for Programs

Feb 07, 2017

HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelly Pitterman as senior vice president for programs, effective February 6, 2017. Pitterman, who will be based in...

Genesis Prize Recipient Anish Kapoor Pledges Support for Refugees

Feb 06, 2017

Kapoor, a renowned British-Indian sculptor of Jewish descent, said he will dedicate his $1 million award to expanding the Jewish community’s engagement on the global refugee crisis.

Refugees in Greece Need Legal Aid. Here’s What HIAS is Doing to Help.

Jan 12, 2017

On July 1, 2016, on the Greek island of Lesvos, HIAS launched its newest international office in order to provide assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers facing an unfamiliar and daunting legal bureaucracy. “For those who survive the harrowing journey, landing on Lesvos is only the beginning,” said Rachel Levitan. “HIAS Greece was established to meet the urgent need people have for legal assistance and guidance on the island.”

Interfaith Advocates Rally Finance World In Support Of Refugees

Oct 31, 2016

Before they were raising funds from donors and corporate foundations in support of refugees, they were colleagues in the financial world. Greg Sharenow and Hussein Allidina founded the Interfaith Refugee Project as a way for their peers in the financial industry to join a united, interfaith response to the global refugee crisis.

USA Today: World Must Recommit to Refugees

Sep 19, 2016

Ahead of this week's refugee summits, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield took to the pages of USA Today to argue that, “now is the time for the world to recommit to the ideals and promises of the Refugee Convention.”

A Record-Smashing Year for Global Displacement: What You Need to Know

Jun 21, 2016

More than 65 million people were displaced by war and persecution by the end of 2015, according to a report released on World Refugee Day by the U.N. refugee agency. Here’s what you need to know.