HIAS in the News

Focus on Amy Greenstein

Posted on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 19:11 pm

Amy Greenstein, HIAS' Director of Young Leadership Development, recently was profiled in Barnard's Alumnae in Action.



Disabled Refugees Face Loss of Social Security Benefits

Posted on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

The Miami Herald quotes Mark Hetfield, HIAS' Senior VP for Policy and Programs, in an article about the thousands of refugees scheduled to lose their Social Security disability aid in less than two months because they have not become citizens. Learn more about HIAS' advocacy on this issue.


Iranian Jews in America: Torn Between Homelands

Posted on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 14:59 pm

The Atlantic quotes Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ Senior VP for Policy and Programs, in an article about the torn loyalties of Iranian Jews in America.


From Ukraine to Arizona: HIAS Aids M.D. Hopeful

Posted on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 13:12 pm

The Arizona Jewish Post featured a story about Ella Starobinska, a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson who was resettled by HIAS in 2005 from Kiev, Ukraine. In June, she was awarded the Lt. Steven Zilberman Memorial Scholarship by HIAS. Learn more about HIAS scholarships.


HIAS Advocates for SSI Extension

Posted on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

Today’s Los Angeles Times featured refugee advocates’ concerns about the impending Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Extension deadline. HIAS’ President/CEO Gideon Aronoff was quoted. Learn more at HIAS' Advocacy page about SSI Assistance for Indigent, Elderly, and Disabled Refugees, Asylees, and other Humanitarian Immigrants.


HIAS urges extension of refugee benefits

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.


Russian emigre ends long path to freedom

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.


HIAS Board Member Eugenia Brin Judge for Jewish Community Heroes Contest

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.


HIAS Fights To Extend Welfare Benefits for Indigent, Non-Citizen Refugees

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.


Hometown Hero: Engineer suffered hardships to get to U.S.

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.


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