HIAS in the News

In Senate, Lautenberg maintained commitment to the Jewish community

Posted on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 18:50 pm

In this JTA tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg, HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield explains that the Lautenberg Amendment was a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing religious persecution and expresses the hope that his legacy legislation will be made permanent through the passage of the immigration reform bill now before the Senate.

HIAS on Immigration Reform and Jewish Social Justice

Posted on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 13:26 pm

Interviews with HIAS' Melanie Nezer and Mark Hetfield were posted by Laws.com in the wake of the Senate Judiciary Committee's passage of the Gang of Eight's immigration reform legislation yesterday. Melanie discusses the immigration reform bill, while Mark talks about HIAS' history and plans for the future.

Helping Syria War Victims Poses Special Challenges for Jews and Israelis

Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 19:33 pm

Mark Hetfield comments on HIAS' advocacy role in dealing with Syrian war victims in this article from the Forward.

Israeli couple is face of gay family reunification efforts

Posted on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

HIAS' advocacy work to extend family reunification rights for LGBTI refugees is mentioned in this Jewish Standard article about a same-sex American-Israeli couple facing separation due to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Make U.S. Safer by Passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Check out Mark Hetfield's op-ed in the Huffington Post, in which he explains how the Boston bombings show us that "we need immigrants, and we need immigration reform."

Will Marathon Bombings Derail Immigration Reform?

Posted on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

In this Forward article, HIAS' Mark Hetfield emphasizes that recent events are not a reason to delay immigration reform but, if anything, underscore how imperative it is that the comprehensive immigration reform bill recently introduced into the Senate is passed, since it would bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, close loopholes, and ultimately make America more secure.

Eden Siskind Named a Huggable Hero for Children

Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 17:57 pm

Eden Siskind, whose family immigrated to the U.S. with HIAS' help, has been named a Huggable Heroes semifinalist by Build-A-Bear Workshop for her work helping refugee children. Inspired by her grandfather's childhood experience during the Holocaust, for the past four years Eden has organized a 5K benefit race to raise money to support HIAS' art therapy programs for Darfuri refugee children in Chad. Learn more.

Obama names HIAS Board member to religious freedom body

Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 17:54 pm

As reported in the JTA, President Obama recently named HIAS Board member Eric Schwartz to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent body that tracks religious freedoms overseas.

Jewish groups join rally for immigrants

Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:14 pm

The JTA covered yesterday's "Rally for Citizenship" that took place in Washington DC, which brought together tens of thousands of community, labor, faith, and immigrant rights supporters to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The Jewish Push for Immigration Reform

Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:01 pm

In this Zeek Q & A with Abby Levine, Director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, HIAS' Associate Director of U.S. Policy & Advocacy Liza Lieberman discusses the timeline of upcoming immigration legislation.

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