HIAS provides full-service counseling, legal services, and humanitarian assistance for Colombian refugees fleeing to Ecuador and Venezuela and facilitates the resettlement and integration of refugees in Argentina and Uruguay.
HIAS Latin America provides technical oversight and supports the implementation of regional HIAS programs to assist Colombian refugees in the spirit of Tikkun Olam, which holds that Jews are responsible not only for creating a model society among themselves, but also for the welfare of society at large.
As part of the implementation of the Mexico Plan of Action, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and host governments in Latin America are committed to enhancing refugee protection by promoting self-sufficiency and local integration. HIAS assists Colombian refugees through psychosocial and humanitarian programs in Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela. The programs support refugees as they seek to re-establish their self-worth as individuals, family members, and members of a community - essential steps in achieving self-reliance.
The Latin America Regional Representative provides technical and policy support in the area, equipping HIAS with the capacity to support the migration, integration, and resource needs of Jewish communities throughout the region, and to extend protection to Jewish individuals and communities seeking migration information and assistance.