Consortium for Israel & the Asylum Seekers

The Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers (CIAS) is a forum for representatives of organizations and individuals within and outside of Israel working to coordinate efforts and share information regarding the situation of asylum seekers in Israel.

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Partners

The Consortium for Israel & the Asylum Seekers works with organizations and individuals to further our shared message of meeting the needs of the asylum-seeking community in Israel. Here are some of the organizations and a description of what they do. We encourage you to contact them to learn more about the important work they do every day!

ASSAF social workers run after school clubs for at-risk children, provide psychosocial support groups, and provide emergency support to needy community members. ASSAF also advocates for the asylum-seeking community. You can support ASSAF here.

Hotline for Refugees and Migrants

Hotline for Refugees and Migrants is Israel’s leading organization protecting the rights of refugees, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking. You can support the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants here

Kuchinate: African Women's Collective

Kuchinate: African Women's Collective is women’s empowerment project was designed for women who were victims of torture or have other special circumstances, such as special needs children. Their projects allow women flexible work opportunities and support for themselves and their children. You can support Kuchinate here

ATZUM-Justiceworks:

Addressing Urgent Need in Israel, one person at a time

ATZUM seeks to extend assistance and protection to tens of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have fled to Israel in the past decade, particularly those from African nations who escaped the threats and privations of state sponsored violence, oppression and civil war. As these refugees have no safe country to which they might today return, ATZUM works to urge the State of Israel to assure their right to remain, to work, and to secure access to health insurance and adequate housing.

You can support ATZUM here

HIAS in Israel

During the last three years, HIAS in Israel has assisted hundreds of asylum seekers in legal proceedings, including detention, asylum, and domestic violence cases. HIAS prioritizes individuals that are vulnerable, such as victims of torture and trafficking, single parents, unaccompanied minors, and LGBTI asylum seekers. HIAS also facilitates the resettlement of some cases to access safety outside of Israel. You can support HIAS in Israel here.

MESILA

MESILA was founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in collaboration with the Jewish Agency for Israel Ltd. and Israel’s Educational and Cultural Services. Mesila’s main objective is to grant social, educational, and medical assistance to the city’s refugees and migrant workers.

Unitaf

Unitaf focuses on the education of young children, supporting hundreds of children from migrant and refugee communities in Tel Aviv, giving them access to safe and appropriate childcare, while providing on the job training to women from the community. You can support Unitaf here

Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR)

Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR) defends the right to health of people living in Israel without civil status and access to healthcare. It seeks to change public perception of the challenges of migration and the state’s responsibility for the health of all people. You can support PHR here.

Pesia's Kitchen

Pesia’s Kitchen's founder Gideon Ben-Ami and his small team distribute hundreds of meals to members of the migrant and asylum seeker population of South Tel Aviv weekly. Through the generosity of Leket, Israel’s food rescue program, Gideon accepts a twice-weekly delivery of pallets of fresh produce. In addition, the group makes daily pickups from local bakeries, restaurants and supermarkets, as well as assisting with an array of emergency needs. You can support Pesia's Kitchen on their website (scroll to the bottom).

Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel

Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel: is a leading organization working with the asylum-seeking community in Israel. Right Now runs a great online learning center and the #LetUsHelp campaign.

BINA

BINA works to strengthen Israel as a democratic, pluralistic and just society. They are located in South Tel Aviv and partner with the municipality to strengthen the fabric of the community through their cultural, social, and educational programming that reaches more than 50,000 people from Israel and abroad each year. You can Support BINA here.