HIAS in the News

The Story of Titanic Survivors Leah and 'Filly' Aks

Posted on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 18:45 pm

This Jewish Journal article describes the journey of 18-year-old Jewish immigrant Leah Aks and her 10-month-old son, Philip, who survived the Titanic and, upon their arrival in New York, were aided by HIAS. The article cites a piece written by Valery Bazarov, HIAS' Director of Family History & Location, about the family and their dramatic immigration experience.


What Two Enemies Share

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

The New York Times yesterday posted an op-ed by Iranian-Jewish-American author Roya Hakakian, a former client of HIAS' Vienna office, in which she reflects on the shared bonds between Israel and Iran.


HIAS Young Leader Featured on Repair the World

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 16:41 pm

In an interview with Repair the World, HIAS Young Leader Alexis Ortiz talks about HIAS' vital work on immigration and her personal involvement volunteering, advocating and—most recently—organizing the upcoming HIAS Regina Spektor Benefit Concert.


Panel: Refugees wrongly labeled 'terrorists'

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2012 at 15:13 pm

HIAS' Melanie Nezer was quoted in a Baptist Press article about a recent Washington panel that urged the White House to implement reforms to its "terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds" (TRIG) policies.


Coalition Requests Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals

Posted on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:42 pm

On January 25, HIAS was part of a broad coalition of organizations that formally requested that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security grant Temporary Protected Status to Syrian nationals presently in the United States. Learn more.


Family enjoys small miracle with meeting long overdue

Posted on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 18:20 pm

This Star-Ledger article covers a family reunion that happened at JFK this weekend—more than 70 years after the Holocaust ripped their family apart—thanks in part to HIAS' efforts lobbying the State Department.


Egypt's Embattled Christians Seek Room in America

Posted on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 18:20 pm

HIAS' Mark Hetfield discusses the ethnic cleansing that is facing Copts in their homeland in this Wall Street Journal article.


Survivor's Son's Search Leads to Global Reunion

Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 17:59 pm

HIAS' Mark Hetfield and Kelsey Beckner are mentioned in this New Jersey Jewish News article due to their role in helping secure a visa so a family separated by WWII finally could reconnect after 70 years.


HIAS speaks at College of Charleston

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 at 17:33 pm

The Charleston Post and Courier covered a talk given by Gideon Aronoff and a "Welcome the Stranger" presentation by Liza Lieberman. The events were hosted by the College of Charleston's Jewish Studies Program.


Travesty of Alabama's Immigration Law: Jews Should Join Fight To Roll Back Xenophobic Measure

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 16:48 pm

The Forward just published an op-ed by HIAS' Gideon Aronoff and Jane Ramsey, the executive director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, which addresses the impact of Alabama's anti-immigrant law, HB 56.


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