Through our network of local resettlement partner agencies, HIAS welcomes resettled refugees and helps them build their lives in communities across the United States.Learn more
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.
resettled in new communities across the United States in the 2022 fiscal year
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.
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Read more