Respond to Emergencies
HIAS is committed to proactively responding to emergencies around the world in order to better assist displaced populations — including refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people — and vulnerable host communities. These emergencies include complex, protracted situations arising out of conflict or political upheaval, those triggered by a natural disaster, or the initial stages of the effects of climate change.
Displaced individuals are at heightened vulnerability to emergencies and disasters, and these crises are often the springboard for large-scale and long-term displacement. Through the HIAS Emergency and Humanitarian Programs Team we provide immediate help to short or long-term displaced communities. The team is prepared, funded, and ready to scale provision of essential goods and services, build resilience, and support recovery. HIAS’ Emergency and Humanitarian Programs Team better enables HIAS to continue meeting the most critical needs facing vulnerable populations before, during, and after an emergency.
Expand emergency programming capacity
Adapt emergency response systems
The recent terrorist attacks in Israel have been devastating. HIAS is rushing critical emergency aid and is ready to provide support to those displaced.
War in Ukraine has created one of the largest human displacement crises in the world today. HIAS is responding with emergency humanitarian assistance, providing essential services to displaced persons within Ukraine and helping refugees from Ukraine in neighboring countries.
Violence in Sudan has forced more than 400,000 refugees to flee to Chad. HIAS is responding with emergency humanitarian assistance, providing essential services to displaced persons in refugee camps.
JOIN OUR EMERGENCY ROSTER
HIAS is looking for experienced, high-quality humanitarian professionals to join our emergency roster. The aim of the HIAS roster is to bolster our emergency response capacity and to increase our capacity to effectively respond to humanitarian crises around the world. Humanitarian professionals on the roster should be interested in short-term deployments to respond to global emergencies and crises.
How to Join
Successful applicants will be added to the HIAS emergency roster. Roster members will be contacted when they are needed to support an emergency response and may need to deploy within 72 hours.
Desperation Drives Thousands Through Darién Gap
For years, people have risked their lives to traverse the Darién Gap in an attempt to get to the United States. Many have died trying. HIAS, which has well-established operations in Panama and nearby Colombia and Costa Rica, has staff on the ground in the region and is working to help those fleeing violence.Read more
Responding to Severe Flooding in Chad
In the Koukou Angarana region in eastern Chad, where HIAS works in the Goz Amir refugee camp, more than 1,000 households were affected by severe flooding at the end of July 2022. As one of the main humanitarian aid partners of UNHCR and the World Food Program in eastern Chad, HIAS is distributing food, sandbags, tents, blankets, plastic sheeting, and mosquito nets.Read more
Quick Pivot to a War Footing
Right to Protection (R2P) — HIAS’ long-time partner in Ukraine — had to ensure the safety of its staff, and work out how the organization responds to the needs of refugees and displaced persons during wartime.Read more
Sep 28, 2022
The Emergency Response Fund
Sep 28, 2022
This fund is used to establish a foundation for emergency response capacity during times of displacement and for actively responding in a variety of contexts including critical emergency needs assessments.
Sep 13, 2022
Waiting for the Sky to Close
Sep 13, 2022
As part of a partnership with HIAS, VOICE conducted a four-week rapid assessment of Ukraine and five bordering countries to assess the needs of women and girls affected by the war and the needs of WROs and groups responding to the emergency.