A High-Level Visit for HIAS Offices in Panama and Ecuador

Jun 23, 2021

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met with HIAS clients in Panama and Ecuador.

Trying to Help Refugees into the Workplace? Now There's an App for That.

Nov 20, 2020

It’s often hard for refugees to find jobs, but what if there were an app to help them? HIAS is now partnering with SkillLab to promote economic integration for refugees in Ecuador, Peru, and Panama.

HIAS Leaders Speak at UNHCR Forum For NGOs

Sep 29, 2020

HIAS's international program teams played a key role at the 2020 UNHCR-NGO Global Annual Consultations.

Cell Phones Become a Lifeline For Refugees Struggling With Mental Health

Aug 12, 2020

As therapy sessions become phone calls and support groups become WhatsApp group texts, HIAS clients count on phones, chat apps, and even social media to stay in touch with counselors and peers.

Taking the Lead in Emergency Assistance

Jul 07, 2020

HIAS has rapidly created systems to protect refugees facing emergencies and to deliver aid to them during the pandemic.

Ensuring Refugees’ Basic Needs During Pandemic

Apr 01, 2020

HIAS is assisting many people in crisis and adversely affected by COVID-19: they need to purchase basic needs and buy goods to help prevent the spread of the virus, and have access to food and shelter.

Job Fair Makes Things More Fair for Refugees in Panama

Jan 31, 2019

In Panama, HIAS helped provide trainings and empowerment sessions to more than 80 refugees to help them find jobs.

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.
Paola*, a Colombian refugee in Panama, proudly shows off the chicken coop that she built with funds from a HIAS Panama livelihood grant.

Refugee Turned Entrepreneur Builds a Business in Panama

Aug 20, 2015

When paramilitaries invaded Paola's hometown in Columbia*, she fled with her two young grandchildren to Panama. In order to support herself and her grandchildren, she sells tamales made from corn she grows herself. Now her business is expanding, with a little help from HIAS.
Despite having committed no crime, families are often held for months in prison-like facilities while waiting for their asylum cases to proceed.

Seeking Asylum Isn’t Illegal – So Why Were These Kids in Jail?

Jul 16, 2015

If there is a list somewhere of the greatest threats to America’s national security, children likely come in towards the bottom. Yes, they cry on airplanes and occasionally roam wild, but generally these are sources of irritation rather than alarm. Yet, since last summer, the United States government has been locking up hundreds of mothers and children.