Hias Inc

Rating: 4.88 stars   32 reviews


333 Seventh Avenue 16th Floor New York NY 10001 USA


As the central migration agency of the international Jewish community, HIAS is guided by Jewish values and our shared history of migrations to: (1)assist Jewish and other refugees and migrants escaping violence, repression and poverty find safety and security in the United States, Israel and elsewhere; (2) facilitate their resettlement and other forms of assistance through a network of local service agencies; (3) advocate on their behalf at the international, national and community levels; and(4)connect each generation of Jews, one to the other.


The HIAS Location Service was established early in the twentieth century to help emigres re-establish contact with family and friends with whom they had lost touch during the years of massive Jewish migration. The HIAS Location Service faced its greatest challenge after World War II, when it helped thousands of displaced persons contact their U.S. relatives.

Today, HIAS continues to receive many requests from people around the world who are trying to locate their relatives and friends. Additional inquiries come from those who are engaged in genealogical research and wish to learn about the origins and experiences of their ancestors who immigrated to this country early in the last century.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

A major part of our responsibilities based upon the values of our religion is care for each other. HIAS expertly fulfills this responsibility for us by aiding in the rescue of those who are oppressed and suffer discrimination where they live throughout the world. HIAS has provided these services expertly for well over 100 years. Today they process those fleeing Iran and seeking refuge in Austria. They work today in South America, Russia, Ukraine, Africa. Fortunately, there are relatively few Jews in the world today seeking refuge or escape. Nevertheless, HIAS is strong and ready to help those in need regardless of race or religion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Washington, DC area and New York City

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

For me our responsibility for each other is an essential part of my long term community volunteer activities. HIAS meets my goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well trained, dedicated and efficient

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its services to a wider range of populations in need of this type of help, and strengthen its fight for immigration legislation reform

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About every month

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