HIAS New York

Who We Are

A HIAS New York staff member reviews documents with newly arrived refugees at John F. Kennedy airport, March 2017. (Bill Swersey/HIAS)HIAS New York opened as a local affiliate of HIAS in April 2015 to provide direct resettlement services to refugees and other humanitarian migrants. Building on 135 years of experience and expertise in welcoming newcomers, HIAS New York has resettled hundreds of refugees in New York City, and provides employment counseling, job placement and vocational training services to refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs). 

Our dedicated staff are experienced professionals in the field of resettlement and represent the diversity of the communities we serve, with language proficiency in Russian, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Spanish, Arabic, French, and Hebrew. Several members of our staff are former refugees and asylees and know firsthand the challenges faced by our clients today in adjusting to life in a new country.

As an affiliate of the sole Jewish refugee resettlement agency, HIAS New York is proud to implement HIAS’ mission of welcoming the stranger and protecting the refugee regardless of race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.

What We Do

HIAS New York provides direct services to refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs) and other humanitarian migrants, with the goals of successful integration into the community and facilitating self-sufficiency. Learn more from our Resettlement FAQ.

HIAS New York currently operates the following federal and state programs, funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the State of New York.

Reception and Placement (R&P)

As the first step in the integration process, HIAS New York provides refugees in the New York Metro area with initial resettlement services during the R&P period, the first 30 to 90 days of a refugee’s arrival.

Employment and Workforce Development

Matching Grant (MG)

Functioning as an alternative to public cash assistance, the Matching Grant program provides eligible refugees and asylees with specialized case management with the goal of achieving economic self-sufficiency through employment preparation and placement.

Targeted Assistance Grant (TAG)

The TAG program provides short-term, job-driven training, employment preparation, job placement, and other services to refugees or asylees who arrived in the past five years, to achieve economic and social self-sufficiency.

Special Assistance

Preferred Communities (PC)

The PC program provides intensive case management to refugees and asylees who are single parents, face challenges due to serious medical conditions, or identify as LGBTI.

Westchester Refugee Resettlement Program

In January 2017, HIAS New York opened a sub-office in Westchester County. Our Westchester resettlement model is based on collaboration with local congregations and interfaith groups which serve as “host organizations” and play a key role in welcoming refugees families to Westchester and assisting them with integration into the local community.

Get Involved

Our volunteers are invaluable in helping to welcome recent arrivals as they begin their lives as new Americans. Your expertise, interests, and commitment can help refugees build a new life, achieve their goals, and feel at home in their new community. HIAS New York offers many ways for community members to get involved. We have opportunities to fit your individual availability. Find out more about volunteer opportunities in your area here.


To learn more about HIAS New York and its programs, please call us at (212) 967- 4100.