Refugee Resettlement

Supporting Afghan Evacuees, Jewish Communities Host Iftar Dinners

Apr 29, 2022

After just a few months of living in the U.S., Afghans resettled by Welcome Circles are navigating how to observe Ramadan in their new homes – and Welcome Circles are learning how best to support them.

The ‘Afghan Man You Need To Know’ Works for HIAS Partner in Pittsburgh

Apr 19, 2022

In August 2021, Stars and Stripes’ Afghan journalist Zubair Babakarkhail spent 10 days trying to escape Taliban-occupied Kabul with his family. He talks to HIAS about leaving Afghanistan and the last seven months in Pittsburgh.

Tulsa Synagogue Welcomes Refugees and Their Stories to Seder

Apr 14, 2022

At Congregation B’nai Emunah in Tulsa, Oklahoma, refugee stories will be woven throughout this year’s Passover Seder – their first since becoming a HIAS Resettlement Partner.

Hope and Questions as U.S. Pledges to Resettle 100,000 from Ukraine

Mar 31, 2022

While the Biden administration’s March 24 pledge to welcome Ukrainians is encouraging news for refugees and advocates alike, the announcement leaves many questions unanswered.

It Was a Genocide Against the Rohingya

Mar 24, 2022

The United States officially recognized that the Myanmarese military committed crimes against humanity and genocide against the Rohingya people in 2017.

Melanie Nezer on CNN: U.S. Shares Responsibility for Accepting Ukrainian Refugees

Mar 21, 2022

The U.S. must share responsibility for accepting Ukrainian refugees in the midst of the “fastest pace of displacement since World War II,” Melanie Nezer, HIAS senior vice president for global public affairs, told CNN's Kristen Fisher during a March 19 appearance on “New Day.”
A woman holds a sign as demonstrators rally in support of Ukraine in Times Square, New York, on March 12, 2022.

Renewal of Lautenberg Amendment Brings Hope for Ukrainian Family Reunification

Mar 18, 2022

The Lautenberg Amendment, renewed as part of a federal spending bill signed March 15, provides a pathway for members of historically persecuted religious groups from the Former Soviet Union to reunite with family in the U.S.

Hetfield on U.S. Must Lead on Ukraine Refugees

Mar 15, 2022

HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield writes on It is getting late, but the Biden-Harris administration still has an opportunity to demonstrate American leadership by welcoming refugees.

Hetfield: U.S. Must Act Now to Accept Ukrainian Refugees

Mar 07, 2022

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield appeared on MSNBC to discuss humanitarian needs in Ukraine, the United States’ response, and the impact of this crisis on Ukrainian children.

Ukraine, Afghan Resettlement Top of Mind for Refugee Shabbat

Mar 03, 2022

With hundreds of Jewish communities around the world preparing to participate in Refugee Shabbat on March 4-5, the ongoing crises in Ukraine and Afghanistan loom large.