Tagged: Former Soviet Union

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Jul 05, 2022

Vindmans Call for Rebuilding Refugee Program in Ken Burns, NY Times Video

Jul 05, 2022

Vindmans Call for Rebuilding Refugee Program in Ken Burns, NY Times Video In 1985, Ken Burns interviewed two 10-year-old boys on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach for a film about the Statue of Liberty. Nearly 40 years later, those two boys, Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman are speaking out in support of refugee resettlement in a new Ken Burns/New York Times short.

Mar 24, 2022

The Plight of Ukrainian Refugees Highlights the Problem of Title 42

Mar 24, 2022

The Plight of Ukrainian Refugees Highlights the Problem of Title 42 Although most of the millions of Ukrainian refugees are heading to Poland and other nearby countries, a number want to head for the United States. Getting to the safety of loved ones in America though, is deeply problematic.

Jun 17, 2021

WATCH: To Start Another Life, Free

Jun 17, 2021

WATCH: To Start Another Life, Free Ilia, a gay man originally from Russia, has been able to restart his life in safety in the U.S. In this original video, he recounts his ordeal, his escape from Russia, and how he has “learned to be free” in his new homeland.

Nov 09, 2020

Once Refugees, Now Veterans

Nov 09, 2020

Once Refugees, Now Veterans This Veterans Day, HIAS is highlighting the service of refugees in the U.S. armed forces.

Jan 27, 2020

Both History and Present Show Why We Should Help Refugees

Jan 27, 2020

Both History and Present Show Why We Should Help Refugees This Veterans Day, HIAS is highlighting the service of refugees in the U.S. armed forces.

Jan 17, 2020

Playwright Sees Today’s Immigration Issues in Her Family History

Jan 17, 2020

Playwright Sees Today’s Immigration Issues in Her Family History Bena Shklyanoy transformed her family history in the former Soviet Union into a play whose themes are connected to HIAS and today's immigration issues.

Feb 03, 2017

Soviet Jews Push Back on Trump’s Executive Order

Feb 03, 2017

Soviet Jews Push Back on Trump’s Executive Order “Refugee status is not merely a stamp on paper; it's a state of mind and heart which forces one to risk it all for better life. We feel affinity and kinship to those in the same plight.”

Dec 23, 2015

Omnibus Bill Extends the Lautenberg Amendment

Dec 23, 2015

Omnibus Bill Extends the Lautenberg Amendment “Refugee status is not merely a stamp on paper; it's a state of mind and heart which forces one to risk it all for better life. We feel affinity and kinship to those in the same plight.”

Sep 30, 2015

America Welcomed Me. Why Not the Syrians?

Sep 30, 2015

America Welcomed Me. Why Not the Syrians? Julie Smolyansky isn’t surprised that the idea of resettling thousands of Syrian refugees in the United States makes some people uncomfortable. She faced similar suspicion when her family was resettled in the United States from the former Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

Aug 13, 2015

Adopted “American Parents” Helped Soviet Refugee Thrive

Aug 13, 2015

Adopted “American Parents” Helped Soviet Refugee Thrive “Despite how difficult it was in Kyrgyzstan, I never considered applying for asylum before I came to America,” Julia Vinsky said. She calmly described a childhood that involved beatings, broken ribs, concussions and even a kidnapping. She sums up her parent’s attitude succinctly: “you are Jewish, so this is how it is.”