Press Releases

Congressman Jerrold Nadler Receives HIAS Tribute Award for Peace and Freedom

Posted on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 17:32 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, presented Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) with its Tribute Award at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 15. The award honors an individual “who has made a substantial contribution to the furtherance of peace, freedom, and security,” and recognizes Nadler’s efforts on behalf of immigrants and refugees.

Congressman Nadler has been working to ensure that comprehensive immigration reform includes family reunification, and is the


Faith Leaders Stand Against Hate in the Immigration Debate

Posted on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 14:55 pm

(Washington, DC) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, joined faith leaders from diverse American denominations and Members of Congress today to pray for an end to hateful rhetoric and the politics of fear that scapegoat immigrant workers, separate immigrant families, and divide our communities.

The prayer vigil on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol was planned in response to the annual lobby day of The Federation for American


HIAS Office in Kyiv, Ukraine Defaced with Nazi Symbols

Posted on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

(Kyiv, Ukraine) – The main entrance door to the HIAS offices in Kyiv, Ukraine was defaced with Nazi symbols late Sunday afternoon. According to the HIAS duty guard, who responded to a disturbance outside the door, the group of vandals consisted of three young males, aged 17-18, with closely cropped hair wearing athletic clothing.

The perpetrators used a stencil to spray-paint a Nazi eagle on the door sign with the HIAS Kyiv’s hours of operations. They also laid


HIAS' Poster Contest Winners on Display at the U.S. Capitol

Posted on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 11:55 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS leaders gathered today at the Russell Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol complex to view winning posters from HIAS’ 2008 Poster Contest for Immigrant Youth. Since 1995, HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, has sponsored an annual immigrant art poster contest; this year, for the first time, the winning posters are on display in the Russell Rotunda.

The exhibit, which began on September 15, will continue for one week, and includes 11 winning


Russian American Emigres Gather with Politicians to Celebrate Passage of Bill

Posted on Wed, Sep 09, 2009 at 13:51 pm

(Brooklyn, NY) – Hundreds of Russian-American émigrés yesterday joined Governor David Paterson, elected officials, New York Russian-speaking community leaders, representatives of various national and city non–profit organizations, and the press corps in a ceremonial signing of Russian Language Voter’s Bill at the Shorefront Y in Brooklyn, NY. The bill requires that, starting next year, all election materials be translated into Russian; currently materials are available in Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.

HIAS’ program, Civic and Voter Education Initiative (CVEI), an


HIAS Mourns Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy, Champion of Refugee and Immigrant Rights

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 16:19 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, today joins our fellow Americans in mourning the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy.

Throughout his lifetime of public service, Senator Kennedy fought to protect refugees fleeing persecution and to welcome newcomers from around the world to join in America’s future. His leadership on the 1965 immigration legislation ended our nationality-based quota system – in part a long-due response to the tragic consequences of the immigration quota acts


HIAS Supports the Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009

Posted on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 17:56 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, supports the Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act. This important legislation acknowledges that immigrants want to learn English, become citizens, and participate fully in their adopted country, but frequently are unable to do so because the programs they need are underfunded or non-existent.

“HIAS supports this act because each day we witness the human consequences of the federal government’s ongoing failure to


HIAS Receives Top Rating from Charity Navigator: Proof That Donors' Trust in HIAS Is Well Placed

Posted on Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 16:45 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, highly regarded in the philanthropic world for its data-driven analysis that rates charitable organizations on their ability to efficiently manage and grow the organization's finances. According to Charity Navigator, approximately a quarter of the charities evaluated receive this, their highest rating.

According to Ken Berger, President of Charity Navigator, receiving four out of a possible


HIAS Uses its Expertise to Facilitate Reunion of Darfuri Refugee Family in U.S.

Posted on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 9:39 am

(New York, NY)–  A four-year-old Darfuri girl, who has languished in a displaced person camp in Sudan without her mother and father for most of her life, arrived in New York yesterday morning, where she was reunited with both parents. Wesal Adam’s arrival signaled a happy ending to her parents’ years-long struggle to bring her here to live together as one family. HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, was instrumental in obtaining permission for her to


Reuniting Families Act Upholds Family Unity in U.S. Immigration System

Posted on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

(Washington, D.C.) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds yesterday’s introduction of the Reuniting Families Act into the United States Senate.

If enacted, the bill, sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Charles Schumer (D-NY), would decrease waiting times for close family members of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents joining their families in the U.S. In some cases, spouses and young children are separated for years from


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