Advocate for Refugee Rights

Advocacy is fundamental to the HIAS Foundation’s priorities. With the Jewish community's support, HIAS stands up for the rights of forcibly displaced people globally.

Activists from HIAS and other refugee-supporting organizations demonstrate at Ronald Reagan Airport in response to the decision to reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. Washington, D.C., October 16, 2019. (Eric Kruszewski for HIAS)


HIAS’ advocacy work in the United States and abroad is guided by over a century of expertise in assisting forcibly displaced people. We advocate for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced people, regardless of their national, ethnic, or religious backgrounds. HIAS works to protect and advance fair and humane refugee and asylum policies. In the U.S., this work largely focuses on refugee resettlement and asylum; throughout the world, HIAS advocates for policies that serve displaced people, including through protection and safety, economic integration, ending gender-based violence, and responding to emergencies. Through this work, HIAS seeks to create a world in which all forcibly displaced people can rebuild their lives and find safety, welcome, and opportunity.


congregations have taken action for forcibly displaced people with HIAS


letters were sent by HIAS supporters to government representatives in 2021, advocating for humane refugee and asylum policies


United States


The HIAS Foundation supports HIAS in working to uphold and expand the rights and protections of refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced people around the world. HIAS accomplishes this by:

  • Engaging directly with Congress, federal governmental agencies, and the administration to protect refugee rights.

  • Urging the international community to support international and local organizations in their response to ongoing and emergent humanitarian crises.

  • Mobilizing our supporters to stand up for the rights of forcibly displaced people by contacting their elected officials.

  • Engaging the Jewish community in grassroots advocacy.

  • Carrying out local, on-the-ground advocacy for displaced people served by our country offices around the world.


“They Tell Us They Finally Feel Heard”

In April 2021, Israel’s High Court of Justice ordered the government to consider the asylum applications of 2,445 refugees. This was due in part to HIAS Israel’s legal advocacy on behalf of Sudanese asylum seekers, about 435 of whom were included in this ruling.

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“They Tell Us They Finally Feel Heard”