Personal Stories

WATCH: Melanie Nezer's TED Talk on Why Asylum is a Fundamental Right

Jul 30, 2019

HIAS Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern U.S. border.

Selling Lemonade to Help "People Who Don't Have Anything"

Jul 15, 2019

After reading a children's book about a family of mice who are forced to leave their home, 4 ½ year old Liv Bridges-Limon, asked if the same thing ever happens to people. Her father Bryan explained that refugees, asylum seekers and homeless people sometimes receive help from others, which gave Liv an idea.
Raphael and the Pope. (Servizio Fotografico - Vatican News)

Waiting in the Rain for the Pope

May 17, 2019

I was invited as a representative of HIAS to the Vatical to speak at an interfaith conference on how organizations respond, cooperate, and advocate in support of refugees. And I met the Pope.

Blankets, Baked Goods, and Bands: Helping HIAS Takes Many Forms

Nov 19, 2018

The varied kinds of support that HIAS has received show the best in human nature.

A Story of WWII Love, Refugee Life, and Escape (with Help from HIAS)

Nov 13, 2018

The Kolber brothers tell their family story from escaping the Nazis to refugee life in Shanghai and to the U.S., with help from HIAS.

Showing Love and Support on Social Media

Oct 31, 2018

Public figures went public on social media in support of HIAS.

Reflections of an Asylum Seeker Turned Graduate

Jul 03, 2018

Though her education was interrupted several times as she sought safety, Benicya received her diploma from the Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School on Tuesday, June 26. Read as she describes her journey in her own words.

Tracing an Ohio Family’s Incredible 78-Year Connection to HIAS

May 15, 2018

“My family was helped by HIAS and other organizations like it. My grandparents worked hard, my parents worked hard, and now I just want to do what I can to make sure others have that same chance.”

Only in America: How a Ugandan Refugee Became a Louisiana Success Story

Feb 13, 2018

Daulat Sthanki arrived in New Orleans in November 1972 with a single bag. Uganda’s loss would ultimately be Louisiana’s, and America’s, gain.

Why We Welcomed Refugees into Our Home on Thanksgiving

Dec 01, 2017

Hearing of their experiences brought home the many reasons we have to be truly thankful; for our freedoms, for our opportunities, for the comforts we enjoy.

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