HIAS, founded in New York in 1881 as The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, was established to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. After World War II, HIAS evacuated displaced person camps in Europe, and in two waves during the Cold War, helped the Jews of the former Soviet Union to find their way to freedom. Today, HIAS provides humanitarian aid and vital services to refugees and asylum seekers of all faiths so they can rebuild their lives.
Come hear more about HIAS’ work today from Ilan Cohn, the director of HIAS Europe’s new office in Brussels. Ilan is a Dutch citizen who, for the past two decades, worked on migration at the international level, primarily through a number of intergovernmental organisations.
Bill Echikson, who will interview Ilan, is the director of the EUPJ’s Brussels office. A Yale graduate, Bill started his career as a journalist for the Christian Science Monitor and subsequently worked for other large news outlets like the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek. After a seven-year tenure at Google, he now heads the EUPJ’s office in the European capital.