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HIAS: One Green Card, One Diploma, One Happy Graduate

Mikes Joseph in cap and gown graduates from nursing school

Mikes Joseph made the mistake of getting older. Turning 18 was hardly his fault, but when Joseph celebrated his birthday in New York in 2016 he lost his eligibility for a special immigrant juvenile visa from Haiti. His legal status was in limbo and HIAS stepped in to help. Joseph, who came to the United […]

HIAS: One Refugee’s Journey Out of Extreme Poverty

José Miguel Palma has achieved his dream

José Miguel Palma has achieved his dream. Growing up in Tumaco, Colombia, amid an armed conflict, he knew he wanted to learn a profession and support his family. Even after he fled to Ecuador as a teenager and spent years struggling to make ends meet, he held onto that goal. Today, with the support of […]

HIAS: Only in America

Dalaut and daughter

Daulat was born in India but raised in Uganda. Until Idi Amin came to power, he was a Ugandan citizen and held a Ugandan passport. He owned a modest electronics repair shop in Kasese, where jukeboxes continuously bopped out Western rock and country hits. In 1972, when Amin ordered all 60,000 residents of Asian descent […]

HIAS: Refugee Women in Chad Bake Bread to Make a Living

Glazing the bread after working the dough and shaping it

With dough sticking to their hands, women are empowered in refugee camps in Chad. At a recent bread making training, women learned the techniques of mixing, rolling, braiding, glazing, and baking dough, all part of a project funded by UNHCR and the U.S. State Department and run by HIAS in six different camps of Iriba. […]