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HIAS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/15/2014: HIAS INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: HIAS INC

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New York, NY

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HIAS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/15/2014: HIAS INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: HIAS INC

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Physical Address: New York, NY 10001 
EIN: 13-5633307
Web URL: www.hias.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P84 Ethnic/Immigrant Services
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q71 International Migration, Refugee Issues
Ruling Year: 1954 
Top Funders: Government and Intergovernmental Agencies - $11,054,000
Contributions and Memberships - $2,444,000
Operating Grants - $2,853,000


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Mission Statement

Persecution, conflict, and ethnic hatred have created more than 43 million refugees and other displaced people around the world. HIAS protects refugees—including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities—whose lives are in danger for being who they are. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than a century of expertise to our work with refugees—helping them take control and rebuild their lives in safety and freedom, and advocating for the protection and dignity of all refugees and displaced people.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $25,418,714
Total Expenses $26,508,866

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Leadership

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Mr. Mark Hetfield

Profile:

Mark Hetfield was appointed president and CEO of HIAS after a 25-year career, much of it served at HIAS, most recently as the agency’s senior vice president of policy and programs. An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark has led HIAS’ transformation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. As a result, HIAS currently is a major implementing partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State. Under Mark’s leadership, HIAS has gained international prominence and recognition as the pre-eminent voice of the American Jewish community on refugee and immigration issues. Passionate about the organization’s mission to help all who flee ethnic cleansing, violence, and other forms of persecution, Mark has said, “HIAS doesn’t help people because they are Jewish but because we are Jewish.” Mark began his career as a HIAS caseworker in Rome, Italy assisting Jewish refugee applicants from the Soviet Union. He later rejoined the agency as its Washington, D.C. representative, and again as its director of international operations. Between his roles at HIAS, Mark served as senior advisor on refugee issues at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he directed a congressionally-authorized study on the treatment of asylum seekers. Released in 2005 and still widely used, it is the most comprehensive study on expedited removal to date. Mark and his team were recognized for their work with the Arthur C. Helton Award for the Advancement of Human Rights, presented by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The award itself was named for a leader in the field of refugee protection.

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Programs

Program: Location Services (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$21,907,733
Category:
Social Science Research
Population Served:
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Program Description:

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.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 2008, HIAS brought more than 4,668 religious minorities from Iran (159 Jews) to the U.S.; and resettled over 2,000 refugees, about 15% are Jews from the former Soviet Union and Iran.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

HIAS' Extensive Network of International Operations assists Jewish and other refugees in four regions of the world: Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. -In Africa and Latin America, HIAS coordinates and funds significant programs in psychological and social assistance to reduce the impact of violence, trauma, stress, and suffering. -HIAS holds a contract with the U.S. Department of State to operate the Overseas Processing Entity (OPE) in Vienna, to assist persons seeking or suggested for admission to the U.S. under the U.S. refugee Program, primarily members of Iranian religious minoritis which include Jews, Christians, Baha'is, Zoroastrians, and Mandaeans. -In Israel HIAS provides scholarships and other assistance to new Israeli immigrants, as well as training and technical expertise to the Israeli government, the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees, and Israeli Non-Governmental organizations in their mutual efforts to develop an Israeli Asylee system. -HIAS has operations in the Russian Federation. In Moscow, HIAS monitors the migration needs of Jewish Communities throughouit the Former Soviet Union and counsels Jewish families seeking to reunite with relatives in the U.S. -In the U.S. HIAS coordinates and funds refugee resettlement activities in conjunction with its nationwide network of affiliates throughout various U.S. government and privately sponsored programs.

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