Personal Stories

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.

A Refugee Family's Journey to Charlotte

Jun 16, 2017

Charlotte Magazine recently published a feature story about a Syrian family who finally found refuge in the United States after a four-year ordeal. The happy ending to a challenging chapter in their life was imperiled by the first executive order, which halted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee admissions program.

Going the Distance for Refugees. Literally.

Jun 14, 2017

Melinda Menzer, an English professor at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, swam 9.2 miles in the Tennessee River on Sunday, June 4 to raise money for HIAS.

Make America Great (By Welcoming Refugees) Again

Apr 03, 2017

Former USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez recently penned an op-ed for Reuters firmly opposing President Trump's executive orders banning immigrants and refugees.