HIAS Partners

The ‘Afghan Man You Need To Know’ Works for HIAS Partner in Pittsburgh

Apr 19, 2022

In August 2021, Stars and Stripes’ Afghan journalist Zubair Babakarkhail spent 10 days trying to escape Taliban-occupied Kabul with his family. He talks to HIAS about leaving Afghanistan and the last seven months in Pittsburgh.

Resettled Afghans Find New Lives and New Schools in Philadelphia

Feb 10, 2022

The first day of high school is always hard. It’s doubly difficult if you are not fluent in the language and barely know where you live.

That was where 15-year-old Ali Wahaj Mosakhil found himself in early December, trying to navigate from his new home in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Olney to Samuel Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia.

A Warm Welcome for Refugees in Tulsa

When a Tulsa synagogue approached HIAS in early 2021 and asked to become a resettlement partner, it didn’t make immediate sense.

WATCH: A Warm Welcome for Refugees in Tulsa

Dec 21, 2021

When a Tulsa synagogue approached HIAS to become a resettlement partner, it didn’t make immediate sense. But this inclusive, non-denominational Tulsa community works differently from most synagogue congregations.

After Months on the Run, Afghan Family Finds Safety in New Home

Dec 02, 2021

As the Taliban closed in on Kabul, Abdul and his family had to move frequently, never staying in one place for more than a day. Now, with the help of HIAS' resettlement and corporate partners, they are safely resettled in their new home in California.
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Three Years On, Lessons from Squirrel Hill: Q&A with Mark Oppenheimer

Oct 26, 2021

Mark Oppenheimer’s new book Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood traces the response of the community in the weeks and months after the attack. HIAS spoke with the author about what we can learn from the community, the event, and its aftermath.

HIAS Announces Expansion of Refugee Resettlement Network in 7 Cities

Oct 19, 2021

The Department of State has approved seven new resettlement locations that will be part of HIAS’ national resettlement network to help provide homes and support for refugees when they arrive in the United States. HIAS is now helping refugees in 24 metropolitan areas across the country.

Preparing for arriving Afghan refugees in Charlotte, NC.

Schlepping to Help Arriving Refugees Feels Good in Charlotte

Aug 30, 2021

Betsy Jenkins was watching her foster sons playing with each other in the yard when she saw the email, “Extra help needed for new refugee apartment move-in, can you help?”

HIAS Resettlement Partners Preparing to Greet Afghans

Aug 23, 2021

In the San Francisco Bay Area, HIAS resettlement affiliates JFCS East Bay and JFS of Silicon Valley are getting ready to welcome more Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders in one month than they usually do in half a year.

Resettlement Agencies Across the U.S. Are Ready to Rebuild

Jan 26, 2021

As the Trump administration shrank refugee admissions to a trickle, many refugee resettlement organizations shrank as well. Now those groups must repair their ability to welcome new arrivals.