“HIAS is a national resettlement agency and an international refugee service organization with programs around the world.” [from: “Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities” by Melanie Nezer, Senior Director, U.S. Policy and Advocacy at HIAS in February 2013; https://www.hias.org/sites/default/files/resettlement_at_risk_1.pdf%5D
The project connected with this On The Rescue Front blog is a three-year project of the American Jewish Historical Society, with generous funding from HIAS, to organize and create access to the administrative files of HIAS from the 1950s to about 2000. An additional part of the project involves improving access to client files, which are closed to the public for 72 years, but available to family members seeking immigration and resettlement information on their particular family.
As the project continues, our intention is that our blog posts will form an introduction to the long history of HIAS, highlighting materials that catch our attention as we arrange the files into a logical order for research. Enjoy – and please send comments so we know who is reading the posts.
If you are not familiar with HIAS, take a look at their website [www.hias.org] for the projects they are currently involved with around the world.
Susan, Lawrence and Elizabeth