Religious minorities

Interfaith Conference Works to "Welcome the Stranger"

Jun 21, 2022

Leaders of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish groups responding to refugee crises in different parts of the world gathered in Geneva June 20-21.

Path to Genocide: An Exhibit on the Rohingya Explained

Sep 23, 2020

A new exhibit tells stories of the Rohingya, and how they went from citizens to outsiders to victims of genocide.

When You Say ‘Never Again,’ Remember the Rohingya

Sep 18, 2020

We invite the entire American-Jewish community to commit to acting in 5781 to support the Rohingya people.

Seeing Firsthand the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Dec 03, 2018

My first visit to Bangladesh to learn firsthand about the Rohingya refugee crisis – and I wasn't sure what to expect.

Eid Mubarak: HIAS Staff at the White House

Aug 01, 2016

Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim celebration held at the end of the month-long period of fasting known as Ramadan. It’s a day of togetherness, when families and neighbors gather, all in their best clothes. There are lights, and candy for the kids, and a general atmosphere of festiveness that resembles Christmas or Hanukah.

HIAS Steps in to Take Over NY Resettlement Operation

Jun 18, 2015

HIAS has officially taken over the Federation Employment & Guidance Service’s (FEGS) resettlement program in New York after FEGS declared bankruptcy for unrelated reasons.

The Lautenberg Amendment: A Lifeline for Iran’s Religious Minorities

Nov 12, 2014

Perhaps the most important value my family instilled in me as I was growing up is that “we were the lucky ones.” We were lucky to leave Iran just weeks before the fall of the Shah in 1979. We were lucky we had family in Israel.

Giving Back Helps Refugee Volunteer Move Forward

Oct 23, 2014

Every once in a while a refugee comes along who not only takes challenge head on, but works to help others with their challenges. This is the story of Sadaf Sedgh.

Paving the Path to Freedom for Iran’s Religious Minorities

Aug 28, 2014

Systemically persecuted, Iranian religious minorities cannot apply for resettlement to the United States from Iran because there is no U.S. embassy. Instead applicants—Armenian and Assyrian Christians, Baha’is, Jews, Mandeans and Zoroastrians—begin the application process in Iran, then leave everything behind and go to Vienna to begin the next phase of their journey.

Senator Lautenberg's Legislation Brought Thousands to Freedom

Jun 03, 2013

For more than two decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died this morning at age 89, championed legislation that created a safe escape route to freedom for persecuted religious minorities from many corners of the globe. Today, HIAS joins the people of New Jersey and America in mourning his loss.