16 Days of Activism: Standing Up to Violence Against Women

Dec 20, 2016

Some bold men in Uganda opted to walk in women’s shoes for a day—literally. They joined a march in the streets of Kampala, boldly decked out in high heels, purses and women’s wraps in order to make a very public statement about the need to end violence against women. This was one of many events held around the world during the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women.

Joseline's Journey To Safety

Oct 13, 2016

In August 2013, when she was just 24, Joseline* fled her home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo after surviving a brutal act of sexual violence perpetrated by six unknown male attackers. Now 27, she is getting a new lease on life thanks to the help she received from HIAS.

Torture is Illegal, But Not Gone. Here’s What HIAS is Doing About It.

Sep 29, 2016

Despite an international ban on the use of torture, it is still a heartbreakingly common tactic around the globe. HIAS Kenya took on 180 such cases last year. This year, they already have more than 70 new ones.

The Coolest Handbags We’ve Ever Seen Were Made by This LGBT Refugee

Sep 12, 2016

Henry started his business with just five hand-sewn tote bags made from pieces of traditional East African fabric. They were an instant hit, and he has been expanding ever since. Over the past 11 months, he has hired 20 LGBT refugees to do piece-work, cutting the fabric he uses to make his bags. By working from home, they stay safe and are still able to earn a living.

Photos: See How Refugees Around the World Celebrate World Refugee Day

Jun 23, 2016

On June 20, 2016, World Refugee Day celebrations around the world honored the bravery and perseverance of the millions of men, women and children who are refugees today—and also provided an opportunity for refugees themselves to have a bit of fun.

Will Kenya Shutter the World's Largest Refugee Camp and Displace Thousands?

May 12, 2016

Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, is home to more than 344,000 refugees. If it were a city, it would be Kenya’s third largest. On Wednesday, the Kenyan Interior Ministry announced plans to close the camp by November. The announcement has raised significant concerns from local and international refugee protection organizations.

Innovative Partnership Lets Refugees in Kenya Make Their Own Food Choices

Mar 21, 2016

To help their clients restore some normalcy to their lives, HIAS Kenya changed the way it provides food assistance so that refugees can go to the supermarket. Just like their friends and neighbors do. Just like they did, before they fled.

Lucy Kiama, Helping the Most Vulnerable Refugees in Kenya

Jan 11, 2016

Ask Lucy Kiama about refugees or victims of sexual violence in Kenya and she instantly offers a wealth of information and useful context. Her accent is lovely, almost musical, but the words are serious and full of determination. “What drew me to HIAS was the focus on helping the most vulnerable,” Kiama says. “Being forcibly displaced from their countries does not mean that their lives have stopped.”

Video: Winnie Gacheru on HIAS' Work in Kenya

Oct 21, 2015

Winnie Gacheru, director of psychosocial programs at HIAS Kenya, describes working with some of the world's most vulnerable refugees in this short video.
Winnie Mwihaki Gacheru, director of psychosocial programs at HIAS Kenya

Offering Help, and Hope, to Trauma Survivors in Kenya

Oct 02, 2015

Winnie is the director of psychosocial programs at HIAS Kenya, where she works to help refugees deal with the psychological and emotional effects of the traumatic experiences they have faced and helps to restore dignity in their lives.