Swim for HIAS

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Swim to Mexico and Back to Support HIAS

As an open-water swimmer, I have swum in beautiful waters across the United States, from San Francisco Bay to Patriots Point, from the Tennessee River to the lakes of TontoMore...

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Swim to Mexico and Back to Support HIAS

As an open-water swimmer, I have swum in beautiful waters across the United States, from San Francisco Bay to Patriots Point, from the Tennessee River to the lakes of Tonto National Forest.

 

But on November 2, 2019, I swam beyond the borders of the United States. I crossed Lake Amistad, a reservoir on the Rio Grande, swimming to Mexico and back to support HIAS.

 

Amistad National Recreation Area is located north of Del Rio, Texas. I grew up in Texas, and friends and family came to be my crew. The total swim was 10.2 miles and took over five hours.

 

Why swim for HIAS?

 

  • Because refugees seeking sanctuary often risk their lives crossing water
  • Because Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, asylum seekers from El Salvador, drowned in the Rio Grande
  • Because in the words of Warsan Shire, "no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."

 

And because the United States saved my family, and I want other families to be saved too.

 

I believe that water connects us more than it divides us. That's why I choose to swim for HIAS. Please donate.

 

Thank you,

 

Melinda

About HIAS

Vision

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.


Mission

HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are.

  • We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom.
  • We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.


HIAS: For the Refugee from HIAS on Vimeo.

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