The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the News Deeply in Jan 2018:
“We review the latest refugee-related issues, including Belgium stepping in to help the Palestinian refugee agency after U.S. cuts, Jewish and Islamic aid groups in joint project in Greece, and Kansas refugee bomb plotters failing to get Trump jury.
Jewish and Islamic Aid Groups Announce Joint Project in Greece
A Jewish and an Islamic aid agency have joined forces to assist refugees in Greece. The U.S.-based Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and Islamic Relief USA(IRUSA) will work together in Athens and on Lesbos.
The two groups will focus on expanding legal services such as strategic litigation and advocacy around refugees’ rights.
“Islamic Relief USA is honored to be partnering with such an esteemed and effective organization like HIAS to protect refugees who are in great need of assistance,” said IRUSA president Anwar Khan. “With recent incidents of people not gaining access to essential services, and many [of] them having their rights violated, we will work to put a stop to these disturbing trends and promote the legal rights of all refugees.”
HIAS has been active on the Greek island of Lesbos since 2016 and the two organizations have worked together previously.
“HIAS is incredibly appreciative of Islamic Relief USA’s partnership,” said Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS. ‘Acting on the tenets of our faiths and historical experiences, HIAS and IRUSA are uniquely positioned to address together the mounting risks faced by refugees in Greece, and potentially offer a valuable model for similar joint efforts.’ ”
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