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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.