HIAS in the News

HIAS in the Huffington Post: Passover, Refugees, and Living Below the Line

Posted on Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

In his Op Ed in the Huffington Post, HIAS' Mark Hetfield reflects on the connection between the lessons of Passover and the plight of refugees around the world—and discusses both what HIAS and similar organizations are doing and how we as individuals can help as well.

NY Daily News: America, open your arms to Syrian refugees

Posted on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

With Syrians facing the worst refugee crisis in the world in decades, the U.S. must continue to fulfill its basic responsibility to protect these particularly vulnerable refugees, argues HIAS' Melanie Nezer in this NY Daily News article


NPR Covers HIAS' Work with Refugee Children

Posted on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 13:47 pm

NPR joined HIAS on a visit to Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, where HIAS partner Jewish Family and Children’s Service helps resettle refugees, providing them survival skills to begin a new life.

HIAS staff and board members visited the school earlier this week as part of HIAS' National Refugee Resettlement Conference, which brings together refugee resettlement partner agencies from across the country.


HIAS Op-Ed in The Hill: Broad terrorism policies unfairly target victims

Posted on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

In her Op-Ed in The Hill, HIAS’ Melanie Nezer explains how overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” in the USA Patriot Act not only have delayed or prevented thousands of refugees from finding safe haven in the United States, but also undermine America's leadership in the realm of refugee protection.

A Global Perspective on LGBTI Protection Issues

Posted on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

An article on LGBTI migrants in immigration detention that was co-authored by Rachel Levitan and published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender was named "Immigration Article of the Day" by the Law Professor Blog Network.

Waiting for Asylum, But Treated Like Criminals

Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm

HIAS' Melanie Nezer discusses the difficult situation people claiming asylum in the U.S. face, both inside and outside detention centers, in this article from Fusion.

NY Times: New Rules to Aid Syrians Seeking Asylum

Posted on Sat, Feb 08, 2014 at 17:33 pm

In this New York Times article, HIAS' Melanie Nezer addresses the changes in the Patriot Act’s overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” that have unjustly prevented thousands of refugees from receiving protection in the United States.

HIAS has been pressing for more than a decade for exemptions to the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds, also known as “TRIG” bars. As she points out, the bars were applied so broadly that they even included those who “gave a bowl of

'Let My People Stay'—Asylum Seekers in Israel

Posted on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

This Washington Jewish Week article examines Israel's attitude toward the 53,600 asylum seekers who have fled persecution and violence to seek protection within its borders. As Mark Hetfield explains, with the flow of asylum seekers all but halted, now is the time for Israel to reevaluate its policies aimed at creating a purposefully unwelcome atmosphere, such as the Knesset's recent amendment allowing asylum seekers to be detained without a trial for up to a year.

HIAS Letter to NY Times: Israel Can Help Its African Migrants

Posted on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

In his NY Times letter to the editor, Mark Hetfield urges Israel to take advantage of the current opportunity to create a more welcoming and protective environment for African asylum seekers already in the country.

HIAS Kyiv's work on Statelessness in Ukraine

Posted on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Despite UNHCR's 2010 estimate of at least 35,000 people in Ukraine who are stateless, little is known about this population, and there is no formal statelessness determination procedure in the country.

HIAS Kyiv has been working to shed light on the situation through its recent UNHCR-funded research project. Learn more and read the story Dmitri, one of the 35,000 who is taking the first steps toward obtaining legal status in Ukraine, in this post from the European Network on

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