Mission and Values



HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.


HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are.

  • We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom.
  • We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 139 years of expertise to our work with refugees.


Impassioned by our mission, we bring the lessons of HIAS’ history and Jewish ethics and experience to our commitment to serve refugees and other displaced persons of concern around the world through the following values: Welcoming, Dignity and Respect, Empowerment, Excellence and Innovation, Collaboration and Teamwork, and Accountability.


We respect the experience, identity, and beliefs of all people. Our welcoming atmosphere begins at our doorstep and extends to our work with refugees and stakeholders around the globe.

Dignity and Respect

We embrace the uniqueness of every human being. As a respect-driven organization, we appreciate the diversity of ideas and perspectives that imbue our work. We uphold the value of each individual and what each has to offer. We make time commitments to one another and are fully present in all our interactions.


We value each person’s voice and ensure that all have an opportunity to be heard. We are committed to clear and open communication through active listening and open mindedness to maintain a supportive organizational culture.

Excellence and Innovation

We approach our work with purpose, vigor, and humility to achieve the greatest impact. As leaders in our field, we apply our professional expertise and skills with the agility to initiate and implement strategic partnerships and innovative programs.

Collaboration and Teamwork

We work collaboratively with stakeholders and refugees to accomplish our mission. We recognize the imperative to include their breadth of ideas, experience, and skills as we work internally and across continents, regions, and cultures.


We are dedicated to integrity, transparency, and discipline in every aspect of our work. We are committed to robust monitoring, benchmarking, and evaluation to effectively meet our objectives and fiscal responsibility to our stakeholders.

HIAS is proud to partner with local Refugee Assistance Organizations around the country to assist newly arriving refugees.