HIAS NY Legal and Asylum

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the HIAS NY Legal and Asylum Volunteer Program! This page is intended for those living in the NYC metro area. If you are outside of the area, please click here to be connected to local volunteer opportunities.

We are currently onboarding direct service volunteers in the NYC area! The first mandatory step in our process is attending one of our informational webinars. To register for our webinar on Thursday, October 26 from 6-7PM ET, click here. To register for our webinar on Wednesday, November 1 from 12-1PM ET, click here. You can find more information about available volunteer roles below. 

Volunteer opportunities for individuals in New York include:

Long term volunteer roles

  • Mentors work one-on-one with HIAS clients, acting as a cultural liaison and providing varied types of support as asylum seekers learn how to navigate healthcare, education, and public transportation systems.
  • English Language Partners help clients build both basic and conversational English skills that allow them to communicate more fluently with their neighbors, employers, and service providers.

Short term volunteer roles

  • Special Project Volunteers work on goal-oriented, shorter-term projects. Each project is unique – volunteers may help a client apply for a replacement social security card, review a resume, submit job applications, or navigate a specific affordable housing challenge. Projects vary in length from a few days to several weeks.

Other volunteer roles

  • Volunteer Interpreters and Translators are regularly needed to assist with remote interpretation and translation needs that support our asylum-seeking clients’ legal case and social integration.
  • Social Service Volunteers work with our social service department to create, update, and expand our resource guides for clients. Guides help clients easily access resources in NY, such as housing, financial, medical, and job placement assistance across multiple counties.
  • Accompaniment Volunteers provide or assist with transportation for appointments related to HIAS clients' legal cases.

If you're interested in volunteering with migrants and asylum seekers who have arrived in New York over the last year, please click here to fill out our interest form.

For group volunteering inquiries, questions, or accommodations, please contact our volunteer coordinator at caroline.wolinsky@hias.org.

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Mission Statement

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.