Resettlement is a viable option for less than one percent of the more than 70 million people worldwide who were forced to flee their homelands due to persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, gender or sexual orientation.
Historically, the United States has been among the world’s leaders in refugee resettlement, and this work lies at the heart of HIAS’ mission in the U.S. We are one of nine primarily faith-based organizations partnering with the federal government to help refugees start their lives in safety in America.
HIAS is proud to partner with local Refugee Assistance Organizations throughout the country to assist newly arriving refugees, as well as The Linking Communities (TLC) Project: Creating Welcome for Refugees.
HIAS’ resettlement clients include some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees, those whose lives continued to be at risk in the country to which they immediately fled: women heads of households in cultures where men traditionally serve as protectors, orphaned and separated children who are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, and persecuted LGBT people, among others.
As the oldest resettlement organization in the world, HIAS has seen time and again that when refugees are provided with a welcoming environment and adequate support, they are tremendous assets to their neighborhoods and societies, boosting local economies and excelling at entrepreneurship. This is especially true in the U.S., where starting over offers not just safety but promise and opportunity.
Following resettlement, HIAS supports both refugees and host communities around the U.S. to ensure successful integration. Although this can be a long process requiring the participation of many actors, refugees bring the resilience and resourcefulness that saved their lives at home.
If you have family who were refugees and you are interested in conducting a Genealogy or Immigrant Record Search, HIAS maintains an archive of arrival cards and other documents and provides them as needed to resettled refugees.