HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom. HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. Their aim is to protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. HIAS also advocates for the protection of refugees and to assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Their work is guided by their Jewish values and history with over 130 years of expertise in working with refugees. All that they do is predicated on the values of Welcoming, Dignity and Respect, Empowerment, Excellence and Innovation, Collaboration and Teamwork, and Accountability.
For over 130 years HIAS has been dedicated to protecting the rights of refugees. HIAS was founded in 1881 to provide aid to Jews escaping pogroms in Eastern Europe. Today, their reach extends throughout Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa. As refugee needs change across the world, HIAS responds with the care they are seeking. “This particular moment is a very exciting time to be working with HIAS,” says Absolute Travel’s Managing Director, Leslie Overton. “Today they are using expertise gained over a century of working with Jewish refugees to help millions of people from Kenya, Colombia, Israel and beyond find protection and support. We are honored to help highlight their expanding reach and powerful work by bringing supporters to the communities where they are making change happen.”