HIAS in the News
Posted on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:33 am
The JTA and the Forward today covered HIAS' efforts to have funding for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) extended. SSI helps elderly and disabled refugees pay for such basic necessities as food and shelter; currently these benefits are slated to expire on September 30th, leaving thousands without this critical monetary lifeline.
Posted on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 10:17 am
The New Jersey Jewish News recently told the story of Raisa Sirota who, at 83, immigrated to the United States from St. Petersburg, Russia. Sirota endured a three-year battle with immigration authorities before HIAS' Moscow director Leonard Terlitsky was able to coordinate the appeal that ultimately allowed her to join her daughter and son-in-law in West Orange, New Jersey.
Posted on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:49 am
HIAS' Vice Chair Eugenia Brin once again has been selected as a judge for The Jewish Federations of North America Jewish Community Heroes competition. The Award honors those "making strides to repair the world, starting in their own communities." Visit the site to nominate your own hero or vote for one of the nominees.
Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 19:17 pm
The Forward today reported on HIAS' efforts to extend benefits for elderly and disabled refugees under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Read what HIAS' Mark Hetfield had to say about SSI and the impact on "the most vulnerable of the vulnerable" if these benefits are terminated.
Posted on Fri, Aug 06, 2010 at 18:35 pm
The Desert Sun just ran a profile of a former HIAS client, Sarah Olsen, who immigrated to Los Angeles from the former Soviet Union in 1980.
Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 13:24 pm
EJewish Philanthropy just covered HIAS' ongoing art exhibit at Ellis Island, which features this year's winners of HIAS’ annual Poster Contest for Immigrant Youth. The exhibit is on display through Labor Day.
Posted on Mon, Aug 02, 2010 at 9:11 am
The New York Times consulted HIAS' Melanie Nezer for Saturday's story on the impending expiration of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for more than 3800 refugees. Congress has not taken action to extend the eligibility period, and now the most vulnerable refugees — all of whom escaped persecution or torture — will lose their benefits on October 1, 2010.
Posted on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 13:52 pm
The JTA highlighted HIAS' position in its coverage of Jewish organizations' responses to yesterday's ruling on SB 1070. Check out what HIAS' Gideon Aronoff had to say about the ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.
Posted on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 16:44 pm
An article in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covers the work of Jewish Family & Children Services of Pittsburgh, an affiliate of HIAS.
Posted on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 16:43 pm
The Sun Sentinel just highlighted the "We Were Strangers, Too" campaign, which HIAS, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and Jewish Community Action spearheaded over a year ago. The campaign's goal is to reach out to Jewish community members and give them the tools to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
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