HIAS INC

Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee

aka Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  https://www.hias.org

Mission

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.

Ruling year info

1954

President and CEO

Mr. Mark Hetfield

Chair

Mr. Robert D. Aronson

Main address

1300 Spring Street Suite 500

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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Formerly known as

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

EIN

13-5633307

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With now nearly 84 million forcibly displaced people around the world today, we continue to face the largest forced displacement crisis on record. As the past five years have shown, the global refugee crisis shows no signs of abating as war, violence and climate change continue to force people to flee their homes. COVID-19 will continue to restrict movements across borders until the pandemic subsides and increasing politicization and hostility toward refugees and asylum seekers only exacerbate their lack of protection. Across our programs, HIAS will continue to protect the safety, health, and rights of vulnerable individuals and support their ongoing recovery through integrated programming focused on mental health support, prevention and response to GBV, economic inclusion, and legal protection.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protecting Refugees

HIAS works in 16 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Eurasia, and the Middle East to help refugees find safety and freedom and regain control of their lives through four signature approaches: legal aid, gender-based violence prevention and response, mental health and psychosocial assistance and economic inclusion.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of refugees resettled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers, Cross-border families, Immigrants, Internally displaced people, Refugees and displaced people

Related Program

Protecting Refugees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of people reached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Protecting Refugees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of women and girls assisted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Protecting Refugees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS aims to provide vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocate for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.

HIAS' core values are the foundation for our work:

1. Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité •הכנסת אורחים (Hachnasat Orchim)
We Welcome the Stranger

2. Justice • Justicia • Justice • צדק (Tzedek)
We Pursue Justice

3. Empathy • Empatía • Empathie •חסד (Chesed)
We Approach our Clients with Empathy

4. Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • חברותא (Chevruta)
We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

5. Courage • Coraje • Courage • אומץ (Ometz)
We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

6. Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • רוח (Ruach)
We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards.

Through innovative community-based programs focused on legal protection, mental health and psychosocial support, gender-based violence prevention and response and livelihoods assistance, HIAS is currently operational in 16 countries including Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Greece, Guyana, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Ukraine and Venezuela and across 23 sites in the U.S.

HIAS used to help refugees because they were Jewish, and today we help refugees because we are Jewish. HIAS supports the most vulnerable refugees, including unaccompanied children, single-headed households, pregnant mothers, older persons and persons with disabilities. In 2021 alone, HIAS helped more than 1.2 million refugees escape persecution and rebuild their lives. HIAS programs employ a protection lens that is beneficiary-centered and evidence-based, and programs are planned, executed, and monitored in close coordination with partners to ensure coverage, non-duplication of services, and cost-efficiency.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced persons.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To identify potential abuse, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HIAS INC

Board of directors
as of 05/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Robert Aronson


Board co-chair

Mr. Jeffrey Blattner

Marc Silberberg

Rene Lerer

Dianne Lob

Robert Aronson

Jeffrey Blattner

Lee Gordon

Eric Schwartz

Sandra Spinner

Yuli Wexler

Judith Friedman

Lana Alman

Gary Hirschberg

Leon Rodriguez

Ilan Rosenberg

Dorit Perry

Frank Risch

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/17/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.