Personal Stories

Book & Film Club: Jessica Goudeau, After the Last Border

Dec 02, 2020

Dr. Jessica Goudeau, discusses her book "After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America" with the HIAS Book and Film Club.

After 17 Years, A New Country, A New Home

A Jewish-Muslim-Christian refugee story: meet Jalal, Kamal, and the communities that welcomed them with open arms.

Both History and Present Show Why We Should Help Refugees

Jan 27, 2020

One student tries to find new ways to get involved in the American Jewish movement for refugees and asylum seekers.

Playwright Sees Today's Immigration Issues in Her Family History

Jan 17, 2020

Bena Shklyanoy transformed her family history in the former Soviet Union into a play whose themes are connected to HIAS and today's immigration issues.

Innovative HIAS Program Helps Lift Venezuelan Refugees Out of Poverty

Jan 06, 2020

UNHCR recognizes the success stories of families in HIAS Ecuador's Graduation Model refugee integration and poverty prevention program.
Lee Bycel, Refugees in America

Human Stories: Refugees in Their Own Words

Nov 08, 2019

Lee Bycel is telling the world about refugees by telling their stories in his new book.

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.

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