HIAS Partners

AmeriCorps Volunteers Turn Their Attention Toward Refugees

Dec 05, 2016

Saba Al Tameemi came to Washington state with her husband and two children in October 2015. Just two months later, the 35-year-old Iraqi with a master’s degree in English and American Literature from the University of Baghdad began helping other newly arrived refugees achieve self-sufficiency.

After War, and Waiting, Syrian Refugees Find Welcome in Buffalo

Dec 01, 2016

The middle-aged man sat quietly in a nondescript refugee center conference room. On the table before him lay a hand-drawn illustration, a colorful, heartfelt expression of thanks to those who had helped his family reach safety after years of tragedy and trauma.

Across the US, Refugees Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2016

Across the country, refugees have already begun to gather for Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S. communities that have welcomed them. Celebrations from Philadelphia to San Diego let refugees and volunteers share the food, and the spirit, of the upcoming holiday.

Voting for the First Time, Former Refugees Embrace Democracy

Nov 04, 2016

“We became refugees in the first place because there was no democratic process, no freedom. So how can you stay in your house and say your vote doesn’t count?”

HIAS Remembers Ellen Dubin

Oct 07, 2016

For 20 years, Ellen Dubin was at the center of refugee resettlement efforts in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following her passing on September 29, 2016, HIAS remembers her integral contributions to the refugee community and her central role in resettling more than 1,500 refugees from at least 15 countries in North Carolina.

[AUDIO] Resettling Refugees in Pittsburgh, Human to Human

Sep 01, 2016

“I don’t know what they’ve been through, but I can relate to them as parents—as human beings.” Leslie Aizenman describes the “low-tech, high-touch process" of resettling refugees in Pittsburgh.

L.A. Synagogues Going the Distance for Refugees in SoCal

Aug 24, 2016

A recent story in Jewish Journal highlighted the efforts of Temple Beth Am in LA to help recently resettled refugees in Southern California. Beth Am, who have joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign, partnered with Modern Orthodox B’nai David-Judea Congregation to collect needed items for newly arrived refugees.

Fire Strikes Refugee Housing in Buffalo: How You Can Help

Aug 12, 2016

On the night of July 21, 2016, a house in Buffalo, New York caught fire. Next door: the apartments of 14 newly arrived refugees from around the globe.

A Joyful Life Becomes a Work of Art

Jul 12, 2016

Even more than the perpetual smile on his face, Sebazira Amatutule is known for his eagerness to help others. After 17 years in a refugee camp, Amatutule was resettled to the U.S. with his two children. Despite working full time as a landscaper and raising two kids on his own, he always makes time to help anyone who asks. Amatutule’s inspiring story is now part of a photography exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: After 17 Years, Refugee Brothers Find A New Country, A New Home

Jun 20, 2016

Watch this beautiful Jewish-Muslim-Christian refugee story and meet Jalal, Kamal, and the community that welcomed them with open arms.