United States

United States

Afghan evacuees Rana, Wali, and Hewad Ahmadzai in their home on August 29, 2022 in Florida. Their family was resettled by Gulf Coast JFCS, a HIAS affiliate. (Zack Wittman for HIAS)

Founded

Late 1880s

Office Locations

Silver Spring, Maryland (Headquarters) and New York City

Resettlement Network

Welcoming refugees to 24 metro areas across the U.S.

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For over a century, HIAS has been helping refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced people rebuild their lives in the United States. Each year, the United States welcomes thousands of refugees from around the world; HIAS is one of nine organizations partnering with the federal government in this work.

Working through our network of resettlement partners in 24 cities across the country, HIAS welcomes resettled refugees and supports them as they rebuild their lives. We also provide legal services and support to clients, including free legal representation for asylum seekers seeking to obtain legal status. This includes our HIAS Border Fellowships, through which we provide legal support to asylum seekers at the U.S.- Mexico border in collaboration with local legal services organizations and in coordination with HIAS’ Mexico offices.

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6,627 people

resettled in new communities across the United States in the 2022 fiscal year

1,820 people

assisted through our legal protection programs in 2021

Our Work in the U.S.

HIAS helps refugees and asylum seekers find safety and welcome in the United States through resettlement and integration, legal protection, and advocacy. With our network of U.S. resettlement partners, HIAS provides newly resettled refugees with the support they need to build strong foundations. This includes providing initial housing and basic needs, financial support, employment and education services, mental health resources, legal assistance, and much more. We also provide direct legal services to asylum seekers through our Silver Spring, MD and New York City offices and network of over 1,000 pro bono attorneys nationwide.

Through our network of local resettlement partner agencies, HIAS welcomes resettled refugees and helps them build their lives in communities across the United States.

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A family of Afghan evacuees settles into their new home in Tulsa. The family was resettled by Congregation B'nai Emunah, a HIAS resettlement partner. (SideXSide/HIAS)

We provide legal services and support, including free legal representation for asylum seekers so that everyone around the world, including displaced people, can have equal access to their legal rights.

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Provide Legal Support

From mobilizing grassroots advocates to engaging policymakers, advocacy is fundamental to HIAS’ work. With the Jewish community beside us, we stand up for the rights of forcibly displaced people globally.

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HIAS Advocacy Courthouse 2020

Our economic inclusion programs ensure that refugees have economic opportunities to earn sustainable income and start their lives anew.

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HIAS’ community-based mental health programs promote the well-being of individuals, families, and communities affected by crisis and conflict so they can heal and rebuild their lives.

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A family of Afghan evacuees settles into their new home in Tulsa. The family was resettled by Congregation B'nai Emunah, a HIAS resettlement partner. (SideXSide/HIAS)

Through our network of local resettlement partner agencies, HIAS welcomes resettled refugees and helps them build their lives in communities across the United States.

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Impact

Waiting Six Years for a Hug

After fleeing Cameroon for her personal safety, Claris sought asylum in the U.S. HIAS helped her win her asylum case and get a green card, but her children were still back in Cameroon. On a sunny morning in May 2021, Claris finally got to wrap her arms around her son and daughter after six years apart, thanks in part to HIAS’ legal team.

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HIAS’ services are free. If someone tries to charge you for services claiming they represent HIAS, please report it at our confidential email address: ethics@hias.org. HIAS has a zero-tolerance policy on fraud and corruption. 

For any other inquiries please email us at info@hias.org.

An Afghan man and his son after arrival at the baggage claim of John Wanye Airport in Orange County, Feb 19, 2022. They were greeted by a group of Welcome Circle volunteers. (Eric Thayer for HIAS)

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An Afghan man and his son after arrival at the baggage claim of John Wanye Airport in Orange County, Feb 19, 2022. They were greeted by a group of Welcome Circle volunteers. (Eric Thayer for HIAS)

Help HIAS provide vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world