Press Releases

HIAS Seeking "Ambassadors" in DC Area

Posted on Wed, Apr 27, 2005 at 13:32 pm

(Washington, D.C.) – HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is forming a Washington, D.C. area chapter of the “HIAS Ambassadors,” a group of volunteers aged 50 and over who will meet occasionally to discuss issues affecting HIAS’ work around the world. An Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the HIAS Washington D.C. Office, 2020 K St., NW, Suite 7700.

“In recent years as we’ve traveled around the country, we’ve noticed a strong interest


Interfaith Coalition of Faith-based Leaders Release Report Expressing Opposition to the REAL ID Act

Posted on Mon, Apr 11, 2005 at 13:32 pm

(Washington, D.C.) – An interfaith coalition of prominent faith-based leaders announce the release of the report Faithful but Forsaken: REAL ID Act Harms Victims of Religious Persecution at a news conference Tuesday, April 12, at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room G-11. Each of these traditions, having witnessed the suffering of persons whose beliefs often place their lives in jeopardy, come together to express strong opposition to the refugee-related provisions of the REAL ID Act currently under


HIAS Breathes Sigh Of Relief As Senate Takes First Step To Help Threatened Jewish Seniors

Posted on Wed, Mar 23, 2005 at 13:31 pm

(New York, NY) – The legislative campaign to restore Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for elderly and disabled refugees advanced on Wednesday when the Senate Finance Committee approved a provision in the Personal Responsibility and Individual Development for Everyone (PRIDE) Act to provide a two-year extension of benefits.

Under the 1996 welfare reform legislation, refugees, asylees and other humanitarian migrants were provided seven years to become citizens or lose their SSI benefits. Sadly, since 2003, logistical problems, difficulty learning English and


Religious Freedom Report Echoes Longstanding Concerns of HIAS

Posted on Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 15:36 pm

(New York, NY) – The report of a study by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom touches on several key issues of importance to the Jewish community, represented on immigration and refugee issues by the 124-year-old Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society HIAS.

According to the study, released this week, asylum seekers in the United States are treated poorly and wildly inconsistently from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and those without legal representation have a far higher likelihood of being denied asylum –


HIAS: REAL ID Act Would Further Restrict Victims of Persecution, Including Jews

Posted on Thu, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:35 pm

(New York, NY) – The bill proposed yesterday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) would mean people fleeing religious persecution, including Jews, would have an even more difficult time finding safe haven in America, say officials at HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

“The REAL ID legislation would make it much more difficult for victims of religious and other types of persecution to find safe haven in the United States through the asylum system,” says Gideon Aronoff, vice president


HIAS Young Leaders Strive to Make a Difference

Posted on Fri, Jan 14, 2005 at 16:03 pm

(New York/Vienna) – A city rich with European history, castles and music, yet for some 540 refugees en route to the U.S. through Vienna, their time there can be a living hell. Per Austrian law, those awaiting refugee processing there are not allowed to access publicly funded programs, children cannot attend school, and adults are not permitted to work. Their lives are put on hold as they look ahead with anxiety and frustration not knowing what the future holds.

The normal


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