Refugee Resettlement


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A Joyful Life Becomes a Work of Art

Jul 12, 2016

Even more than the perpetual smile on his face, Sebazira Amatutule is known for his eagerness to help others. After 17 years in a refugee camp, Amatutule was resettled to the U.S. with his two children. Despite working full time as a landscaper and raising two kids on his own, he always makes time to help anyone who asks. Amatutule’s inspiring story is now part of a photography exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

Countdown to Resettlement: Iranian Refugees Prepare for Life in the US

Jul 06, 2016

When I walk into the cultural orientation session, intended to help prepare this group of Iranian refugees for life in the U.S., they are in the middle of a game. All of the participants, young and old, jump up and rush to find seats. One young woman, who is not trying particularly hard to find a chair, feigns disappointment at having to answer the next question.

VIDEO: After 17 Years, Refugee Brothers Find A New Country, A New Home

Jun 20, 2016

Watch this beautiful Jewish-Muslim-Christian refugee story and meet Jalal, Kamal, and the community that welcomed them with open arms.

PBS Debate Show 'Point Taken' Features HIAS VP Melanie Nezer

Apr 20, 2016

Melanie Nezer joined PBS’s Point Taken for a lively debate about whether the U.S. has taken in enough refugees in response to the current crisis.

New Bill Would Make Life Harder for Refugees “For No Good Reason”

Mar 17, 2016

The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act would, for no good reason, simply make life harder for refugees who have already endured hardship and tragedy, losing homes, loved ones, and the lives they knew, and have met the rigorous requirements to be resettled in the U.S.
A Young Syrian-Kurdish refugee poses for a picture in a makeshift refugee camp in Iraq's Mosul region.

On International Women’s Day, Focus On Female Refugees

Mar 07, 2016

In our work on four continents, we continue to be amazed by the strength and resilience of the women we encounter and serve. This International Women’s Day, let’s all speak up for the women and girls who have been displaced from their homes in staggering numbers.

Refugee Coalition Heads to Capitol Hill

Feb 18, 2016

I am on Capitol Hill right now along with not only other HIAS staff but with representatives from many of the top NGOs working on refugee issues. We're here, pounding the pavement and filling the halls of the various House and Senate office buildings, for two days of intense advocacy organized by Refugee Council USA, a coalition of 20 U.S.-based refugee protection NGOs.
FY2017 Budget (Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)

What Does the President’s Budget Mean for Refugees?

Feb 09, 2016

Even though it may feel like 2016 has just begun, the federal appropriations process for 2017 is already underway. President Obama revealed his budget request today, and deep within the charts and appendices lies his plan for refugees.

Getting to Know Our (Refugee) Neighbors

Jan 22, 2016

Columbus, Ohio prides itself on being one of the most welcoming cities in America, but it seems there is still a disconnect between refugees and the people in their communities. So we decided that the native Columbus community needed to meet our new refugee neighbors. Face to face. Person to person. It was time for our clients to have their voices heard and for Columbus to hear them.

A More Welcoming Union

Jan 12, 2016

"America has been through big changes before ...Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears."