Personal Stories

One Green Card, One Diploma, One Happy Graduate

Jul 02, 2021

Mikes Joseph needed HIAS' help to get his green card so he could graduate nursing school.

WATCH: I Never Thought It Will Happen to Me

Jun 24, 2021

The story of Baraka, a gay man who fled his home in Rwanda after his sexuality was discovered, and the critical help he has received from HIAS Kenya.

Celebrating Refugees' Impacts In Our Communities

For World Refugee Day, hear from three former refugees who have become leaders in their fields: author, poet, and former HIAS client Roya Hakakian; mental health and trauma recovery specialist Jiha

#RefugeesGive Tells The Stories of Refugees Helping Their New Communities

Jun 08, 2021

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, GivingTuesday will highlight the voices of refugees and their stories of generosity.
Yiftach Millo

Let Me Tell You Why I Think of Adam During Pride Month

Jun 07, 2021

Yiftach Millo has worked on LGBTQ refugee issues for many years, but for Pride month he tells the story of Adam, the "ultimate" refugee.

For HIAS’ New Executive Vice President, It’s Personal

May 25, 2021

Sabrina Lustgarten, HIAS' new executive vice president, says “The refugee is the first person to attend to in the chain of responsibilities.”

One Man's Journey Is Every Man's Story

May 24, 2021

Yeinier's journey from Cuba to the United States took 22 months; with HIAS’ help, his story had a happy ending, but it came at a high price.

Welcoming Refugees, One Word At A Time

HIAS volunteer and English tutor Carol Barker has developed strong bonds with Larissa Lakouetene, a resettled refugee from the Central African Republic.

Voices from Aruba: HIAS, Clients Work Together Through Pandemic

Dec 14, 2020

HIAS established an office on the island in 2019 to help Venezuelan refugees. Now HIAS Aruba is feeling the impact of COVID-19 and pivoting to meet the need in different ways. Here are some "voices" from Aruba to explain.

Opinion: A Biden Appointee Who Carries the Jewish Story Itself

Dec 09, 2020

In an op-ed originally published in New York Jewish Week, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, writes about how former HIAS Board Member Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated to lead the Dept. of Homeland Security, is uniquely suited to lead the department and restore respect for human rights.

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