HIAS in the News

Civil Society Calls on Kenyan Government to End Abuse of Refugees

Posted on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:18 pm

In a press release yesterday, the Nairobi Urban Refugee Protection Network (URPN) -- of which HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya (HRTK) is a member -- called on the Kenyan government to end police harassment and abuse of refugees. The Kenyan government's December 18 order that refugees and asylum seekers must relocate to the Dadaab and Kauma camps has sparked an upswing in reports of extortion, physical abuse, and loss of property perpetrated not only by criminal gangs, but by


The Iranian American Community's New Year's Resolution

Posted on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:18 pm

Underlining the diversity of the people HIAS assists, the Payvand Iran News just posted an article encouraging contributions to HIAS and other direct service groups that provide social services regardless of refugees' religious beliefs. The article also emphasized the need for volunteers to visit those being held indefinitely in detention centers and building community resources for those in need.


Ahead of March deadline, Jewish groups bracing for sequester cuts

Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

This JTA article highlights the severe federal funding cuts facing HIAS -- as well as numerous other Jewish organizations -- due to the sequester, a measure adopted by Congress last year designed to force budget negotiations in order to avoid across-the-board cutbacks of 8.5 percent. The cutbacks, which are slated to take place on March 1st unless a compromise is reached, would most dramatically impact HIAS' operations in Ecuador aiding refugees fleeing fighting in Colombia, and Chad, where


Advocating for Asylum Seekers in Israel

Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 19:38 pm

The Jewish Journal just posted an article about the work of Maya Paley, who co-founded Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel, an organization calling for reform of the Refugee Status Determination procedure in Israel. Right Now also is a co-sponsor -- along with HIAS, New Israel Fund, and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America -- of "Infiltrators or Refugees? A Presentation and Discussion about Asylum Seekers in Modern Day Israel," which will take


The Latest Buzzword: Immigration

Posted on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 16:54 pm

The Religious Action of Reform Judaism just posted a blog by HIAS' Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy Liza Lieberman in which she outlines both HIAS' top priorities related to immigration reform and explains how people can contribute.


Jewish social services agency has adapted and served for 75 years

Posted on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 18:03 pm

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just posted this article about the evolution of the Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS) of Pittsburgh, a HIAS affiliate, over the past 75 years, as they built a continuum of care to meet the critical needs of the community.


Jewish Responsibility For Those Beyond Our Own Community

Posted on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 at 18:11 pm

On Friday, the New York Jewish Week posted this op-ed by Mark Hetfield, in which he draws a link between Freedom 25, Pearl Harbor Day, and why Jews should be aiding refugees escaping the atrocities occurring in Congo.


Truth serum for lunch

Posted on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

The Economist just posted an article about Leonid Razvozzhayev, who currently is being held in pretrial detention in Lefortovo prison. A national of the Russian Federation, he disappeared on October 19 after approaching the HIAS office in Kyiv, where HIAS provides free legal assistance to asylum seekers in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who had referred Mr. Razvozzhaev to HIAS.


HIAS & the Lautenberg Amendment in The Review of Faith & International Affairs

Posted on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 18:40 pm

Learn more about HIAS' advocacy and coalition work on the Lautenberg Amendment, as well as the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in which HIAS participates, in this journal article by Greg Mitchell.


Specter remembered as an iconoclast who enjoyed going toe to toe with tyrants

Posted on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Looking back on Senator Arlen Specter's life and legacy, the JTA discussed his involvement with the Soviety Jewry movement and cited HIAS regarding his work to preserve and expand the Lautenberg Amendment, which aids religious minorities escaping persecution.


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