Countdown to Resettlement: Iranian Refugees Prepare for Life in the US

Jul 06, 2016

When I walk into the cultural orientation session, intended to help prepare this group of Iranian refugees for life in the U.S., they are in the middle of a game. All of the participants, young and old, jump up and rush to find seats. One young woman, who is not trying particularly hard to find a chair, feigns disappointment at having to answer the next question.

Omnibus Bill Extends the Lautenberg Amendment

Dec 23, 2015

Last week President Obama signed into law a massive $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government. Nestled deep in the bill was a small provision that makes a world of difference to families who are persecuted due to their religious beliefs.

HIAS Steps in to Take Over NY Resettlement Operation

Jun 18, 2015

HIAS has officially taken over the Federation Employment & Guidance Service’s (FEGS) resettlement program in New York after FEGS declared bankruptcy for unrelated reasons.

The Lautenberg Amendment: A Lifeline for Iran’s Religious Minorities

Nov 12, 2014

Perhaps the most important value my family instilled in me as I was growing up is that “we were the lucky ones.” We were lucky to leave Iran just weeks before the fall of the Shah in 1979. We were lucky we had family in Israel.

Granted Asylum, Iranian Workers’ Rights Fighter Sets His Sights on the Future

Jul 31, 2014

HIAS is proud to announce that this month the U.S. granted asylum to Mansoor Osaloo, one of the founders of the Vahed Syndicate, a free trade union representing Tehran’s bus workers, who endured torture and the daily threat of being killed to fight for improved working conditions in Iran.

Rampant Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iran

May 22, 2013

Behind Iran’s menacing foreign policy is a fractured internal state that is becoming increasingly totalitarian. News agencies do not frequently report on this aspect of Iran, but religious persecution in Iran is rampant.