Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is the international migration agency of the American Jewish community. We provide rescue and refuge for persecuted and oppressed Jews around the world. In recent years, as the population of Jewish refugees has diminished, we have directed our expertise to assist refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds. HIAS also advocates in Congress for fair and effective policies affecting refugees and immigrants. Since 1881, HIAS has assisted more than 4,500,000 people worldwide.
HIAS provides protection and assistance to some of the most endangered populations around the world. Depending on location, these services can include trauma counseling, art therapy, legal advice, and humanitarian assistance. We assist refugees from more than 20 countries with U.S. resettlement, immigrant integration, and citizenship programs, working closely with the U.S. government, the government of Israel and other countries, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and a host of non-
- Mission Statement:
- Guided by Jewish values and our shared history of migrations, HIAS: • assists Jewish and other refugees and migrants escaping violence, repression, and poverty to find safety and security in the United States, Israel, and elsewhere; • facilitates their resettlement and other forms of assistance through a network of local service agencies; • advocates on their behalf at the international, national, and community levels; and • connects each generation of Jews, one to the other.
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