• Safehouses Offer Protection to Refugees in Dire Jeopardy

    Mar 26, 2015

    Magnolia Turbidy, Director of Durable solutions

    Last month, while visiting Nairobi, Kenya to train HIAS local staff on resettling vulnerable refugees, I met “Sylvia”, a refugee living in a HIAS safehouse on the outskirts of the city. For refugees like Sylvia, who have exceptionally serious protection concerns, safehouses provide critical short-term security while they await resettlement—often their only option for long-term safety and freedom from persecution.
  • A Passover Reflection

    Mar 20, 2015

    Rabbi Jennie Rosenn - Vice President, Community Engagement

    On Passover, we recall our historic flight from slavery to freedom. Reflecting on our Jewish experience and values we recommit to protecting those who flee persecution today. HIAS is pleased to offer a reading by Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, which you may read at your Seder.


  • Asylum Seekers Deserve Better

    Dec 29, 2014

    Melanie Nezer - Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

    The San Antonio Express-News

    In an op-ed published December 28, 2014 in The San Antonio Express-News, HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer argues the U.S. government should end the practice of housing asylum seekers, especially mothers and children, in detention centers.

  • Alphabet Soup

    Dec 18, 2014

    Washington Jewish Week

    A December 18, 2014 article in Washington Jewish Week (later published in its sister publication Baltimore Jewish Times) profiles the "rebranding" of HIAS and the recently announced relocation of staff to Silver Spring, Maryland.


  • A Reflection on Hanukkah

    Dec 08, 2014


    Hanukkah is the celebration of miracles and light, but it is also a reminder of what it is to live life with different beliefs and practices than those around us. As we celebrate the festival of lights, we think of those who today are oppressed because of what they believe.

  • HIAS 2014 Year-End Report

    Dec 08, 2014


    We review our accomplishments protecting and assisting refugees in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States throughout 2014. Our support of refugees and host communities ensures successful integration and the ability for the people we’re helping to recover from their trauma and lead happy, productive lives.

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