HIAS Partners

Jewish Journal: This is What it Takes to Resettle a Refugee

Feb 24, 2016

“Six months ago, we felt we were shouting into the wind trying to get people to understand there’s a refugee crisis,” Riva Silverman, vice president of external affairs for HIAS, a Jewish refugee aid organization, told congregants at a Shabbat lunch in January at Temple Beth Am on La Cienega Boulevard.

Salvadoran Sisters Reunited with Parents in Charlotte

Feb 02, 2016

The biggest difference between North Carolina and El Salvador? “It’s safer here. You can walk around at night,” Vanessa says. The 19-year-old has been in the U.S. for only a few months, but the words fly out almost immediately. “It was such a drastic change… I felt safe right away here.”

Getting to Know Our (Refugee) Neighbors

Jan 22, 2016

Columbus, Ohio prides itself on being one of the most welcoming cities in America, but it seems there is still a disconnect between refugees and the people in their communities. So we decided that the native Columbus community needed to meet our new refugee neighbors. Face to face. Person to person. It was time for our clients to have their voices heard and for Columbus to hear them.

A Barber, a Tailor and a Carpenter

Dec 29, 2015

A barber. A tailor. A carpenter. Elementary and pre-school kids. Just a few of the Syrian refugees HIAS President Mark Hetfield met on a recent visit to Toledo, Ohio.

East Bay Event Lets Californians Learn About—and From—Refugees

Dec 08, 2015

Randa Alsafi, who is now a case manager for JFCS East Bay, came to the United States as an immigrant from Syria in 2003. “I am proud to serve newly arrived refugees, helping people from traumatic situations be able to live in a safer place,” Alsafi said.

WATCH: CNN Visits HIAS Resettled Syrian Family in Toledo, Ohio

Nov 17, 2015

CNN reporter Gary Tuchman went to Toledo, Ohio to interview a Syrian family recently resettled by HIAS affiliate US Together.
The author with the daughter of a Bhutanese refugee, at a wedding in Ohio.

Guest Blog: What Visiting a Nepali Refugee Camp Taught Me

Jul 24, 2015

There are over 3,000 Bhutanese refugees in the Cleveland, Ohio area alone. Many of them eventually became my close friends, but while I had heard their stories I couldn’t quite picture the refugee camp where they had spent so much time waiting and hoping. So I decided to go to Nepal.

Resettlement at Risk

Feb 25, 2013

This paper explores the ways in which refugee impact the U.S.communities where they live and documents the rise of anti-refugee sentiment in three states.