HIAS in the News

HIAS Receives Support From Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees

Posted on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

HIAS is one of four groups that yesterday were allocated money to aid Syrian refugees fleeing Syria's two-year-old civil war. More than $100,000 was distributed by the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, a group of 49 organizations coordinated by the JDC. Read more in the Forward and the Jewish Press.


By Adapting to the Times, HIAS Rescues Itself

Posted on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

J. recently posted an editorial about how HIAS has taken its mission of helping the vulnerable and adapted it to new circumstances—now rescuing non-Jewish refugees around the world. 


HIAS: Redefining Refugee Education

Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 17:38 pm

 Borgen Magazine recently highlighted HIAS' history and current international work with refugees in this post.


With Few Jews Left to Save, HIAS Aids Non-Jewish Refugees

Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

The JTA just posted this profile of HIAS, which discusses how HIAS has expanded its role to working in refugee camps overseas with populations fleeing violence and persecution, even while remaining a strong voice in immigration reform here in the United States.

The story was picked up by the Jerusalem Post, New York Jewish Week, Arizona Jewish Post, New Jersey Jewish Standard, American Israelite, and J. (who also


League of Nations Lobbying Immigration Bill

Posted on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 16:03 pm

The Center for Public Integrity recently looked at organizations representing different ethnicities and nationalities who are pushing for immigration reform. HIAS' Melanie Nezer spoke with the Center about the importance of the immigration reform bill for asylees and refugees.


U.S. Senate passes immigration bill to fix our broken immigration, refugee, and asylum system

Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 17:43 pm

In this JTA article, HIAS discusses how yesterday's passage of the immigration reform bill by the Senate is a fitting tribute to Senator Lautenberg, who died earlier this month, since it would make permanent his namesake legislation, which has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of persecuted religious minorities. The article was picked up by Haaretz, the Cleveland Jewish News, and the Jewish Press.


Jews Unite Behind Push for Immigration Reform

Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 17:42 pm

HIAS' Mark Hetfield points out that immigration reform is "the ethical thing to do" in this article in the Forward.


Senator Lautenberg: An Appreciation of His Lifesaving Work With Refugees

Posted on Fri, Jun 07, 2013 at 14:19 pm

In his latest Huffington Post blog, Mark Hetfield describes how his experience as a HIAS caseworker in Rome in 1989 gave him a firsthand view of the lifesaving impact of the Lautenberg Amendment, and explains how the need has not diminished today. He also tells how the Lautenberg Amendment impacted his life in a very personal way.


Frank Lautenberg leaves legacy of American Jewry’s profile

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 14:08 pm

HIAS' Alla Shagalova and Melanie Nezer both discuss the impact Senator Lautenberg and his lifesaving Lautenberg Amendment have had in this article from JNS: Alla based on her personal experience—she, her husband, and 2-year-old son received refugee status under the Amendment, and Melanie from the broader perspective of populations at risk.


The Best Of The Greatest Generation

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 14:08 pm

In this tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg in the Jewish Week, HIAS' Mark Hetfield discusses how the Lautenberg Amendment has been crucial in helping hundreds of thousands of refugees escape religious persecution and start new lives in the United States.


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