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.

Situation Report: Burundi

Aug 26, 2015

Burundi, rocked by a spate of assassinations and post-election violence, looks increasingly likely to spiral out of control. Thousands have fled the country, adding to an already worrisome refugee situation in the region.

HIAS Responds to Increased Violence in South Sudan, Stands Ready to Assist New Refugees

Jun 18, 2015

HIAS president and CEO Mark Hetfield issued a statement in response to the reports of increased violence in South Sudan resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

Safehouses Offer Protection to Refugees in Dire Jeopardy

Mar 26, 2015

Last month, while visiting Nairobi, Kenya to train HIAS local staff on resettling vulnerable refugees, I met “Sylvia”, a refugee living in a HIAS safehouse on the outskirts of the city. For refugees like Sylvia, who have exceptionally serious protection concerns, safehouses provide critical short-term security while they await resettlement—often their only option for long-term safety and freedom from persecution.

What Does Restoring Dignity Look Like?

Jan 26, 2015

Kenya is home to more refugees than any other country in Africa. Hundreds of thousands of refugees reside there in camps and urban slums, and originate from various African conflicts of the last 50-plus years. When my family and I visited HIAS in Kenya in late 2014, Anne Wambugu, HIAS’ Regional Director for Africa, gave us an inside look at the most urgent needs of the local refugee population.

Protecting Refugee Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Dec 09, 2014

Triple Jeopardy: Protecting At-Risk Refugee Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, a new HIAS-authored report, addresses the barriers to protective services facing SGBV survivors.
Triple Jeopardy Report Cover

Triple Jeopardy

Dec 08, 2014

Certain refugee populations—including older, disabled, male survivors and sexual minority refugees—are often overlooked in sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response effort.
16 Days of Activism Against GBV campaign poster

HIAS Joins African Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence

Nov 20, 2014

Every year since 1991, the 16 days between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and International Human Rights Day (December 10) is marked by the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, an international initiative created by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University and now joined by thousands of organizations around the world.