HIAS in the News

Immigration returns to communal agenda

Posted on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

This article in the New Jersey Jewish News highlights a shift in public discourse within the Jewish community as immigration reform moved front-and-center in the recent presidential campaign and, more recently, was addressed by President Obama in his State of the Union on Tuesday.

Former Diplomat Takes Helm of Jewish Migration Agency

Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2013 at 13:47 pm

The Forward just covered the appointment of Mark Hetfield as President & CEO of HIAS. 

HIAS appoints Mark Hetfield as CEO and president

Posted on Wed, Feb 06, 2013 at 11:42 am

The JTA just posted the news that Mark Hetfield has been named HIAS' President & CEO.

Q & A with HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield

Posted on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 at 14:57 pm

Following a January 28 event hosted by the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation (which is headed by HIAS Board member Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian) that honored HIAS and three other Jewish non-profits instrumental in resettling Iranian Jews to Southern California, JewishJournal.com posted an interview with Mark Hetfield in which he discusses HIAS' long-standing relationship with Iranian American Jewry.

The 21st-Century Iranian Jew: Precarious Lives Of Pride ... And Fear

Posted on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 12:35 pm

The Baltimore Jewish Times recently posted an article about the Jewish community in Iran—a population that has, since Khomeini took power in 1979, shrunk from 100,000 to today’s estimate of only 20,000 to 25,000. The article recounts the story of one Jewish refugee who fled Iran and cites experts in the field—including HIAS' Mark Hetfield—as well as numerous academics, who paint an incongruous picture of what it currently is like to be Jewish in Iran.

Challenges for African Asylum Seekers in Israel—How Much Has Changed?

Posted on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 12:15 pm

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's (RAC) latest blog post is by HIAS' Policy Associate Shaina Ward, who discusses both the current legal and social challenges facing African asylum seekers in Israel and her own experiences with this issue over the past three years.

Jewish groups praise immigration reform proposals

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 20:00 pm

The JTA and the Forward today covered the response by Jewish groups to President Obama's immigration reform proposals, quoting HIAS' President & CEO (Interim) Mark Hetfield, who stated that it is time to fix a broken system that is rife with "artificial, technical barriers that deny asylum to persecuted people."

Advocates Spotlight Plight of African Immigrants in Israel

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

This week in Los Angeles, HIAS—in partnership with Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel, New Israel Fund, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, National Council of Jewish Women/LA, and IKAR—held a forum about African refugees in Israel called "Infiltrators or Asylum Seekers?" The Forward covered the event, at which keynote speakers, including Mark Hetfield, President & CEO (Interim) of HIAS, called for greater tolerance toward these refugees.

Immigrant to America helping those newly arrived on these shores

Posted on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Read a profile of recently elected HIAS Board member Albert Hayoun, whose family was helped by HIAS when they came to this country from Egypt (by way of France).

'Faith and Protection'—the UNHCR Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 13:10 pm

The South African Jewish Report just published an op-ed by Alana Baranov about the responsibilities of those in faith-based organizations to communicate and take the lead in supporting humanitarian and peace-building efforts. She discusses this in the context of the fifth UNHCR Dialogue on Protection Challenges, which gathered religious and NGO leaders from around the world, including HIAS' Mark Hetfield, who led the discussion on behalf of the broader Jewish delegation.

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