Volunteer with HIAS

Volunteers play an integral role in HIAS’ efforts to help refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. and abroad. Whether you are an experienced educator or attorney, have language skills, or are interested in sharing what you love about your community with newcomers, we invite you to learn more about volunteer opportunities near you.

This video about a HIAS volunteer working with asylum seekers in New York City was produced by volunteers Adrian Carey and Sybile Penhirin.

Busing Response

Over the last two years, an increased number of migrants and asylum seekers have arrived in cities across the country, many of them coming on buses sponsored by the governors of Arizona, Florida, and Texas. HIAS has compiled a list of volunteer, advocacy, and educational resources to help ensure that migrants and asylum seekers are welcomed across the country and in your own community.

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Current Opportunities

HIAS’ global headquarters are located in Silver Spring, MD. HIAS assists over 150 asylum seekers in the Greater Washington, D.C. area with free legal representation. Volunteer opportunities may include various types of mentorship, cultural orientation support, ESL tutoring and English conversation, and interpretation and translation.

Fill out an application to learn more about D.C. area opportunities

The HIAS NY Legal and Asylum Volunteer Program aims to provide HIAS clients with holistic, wraparound services by facilitating one-on-one partnerships between our clients and volunteer mentors in the New York tristate area. Volunteer opportunities include various types of mentorship, cultural orientation programming, ESL and English conversation support, interpretation and translation services, and accompaniment opportunities.

Learn more and apply to be a volunteer

HIAS works with a network of resettlement partners who provide on-the-ground resettlement and integration services to refugees in communities across the United States.


Volunteer opportunities with the HIAS Resettlement Network may include various types of mentorship, cultural orientation support, ESL tutoring and English conversation, interpretation and translation, serving after school programs, and assisting with special events and projects. Reach out to our resettlement partners to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Find a Resettlement Partner near you

For the first time in 40 years, groups of ordinary Americans can now engage in direct resettlement work through Welcome Corps, a newly launched governmental program for private sponsorship of refugees. We at HIAS can help you navigate the process as your Private Sponsorship Organization, equipping you to spearhead resettlement for a refugee family in your community. For more information, email PrivateSponsorship@hias.org.

Learn more about Welcome Corps

HIAS’ Pro Bono & Partnerships team engages volunteer attorneys from across the United States to help refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced people access vital immigration legal services. In addition to providing pro bono legal support to clients through our offices in the NYC and DC metropolitan areas, the Pro Bono & Partnerships team also works with organizations across the country, including HIAS’ Refugee Resettlement Partners, to identify and meet emerging needs.

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