Press Releases

Mark Hetfield Named President & CEO of HIAS

Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 at 13:10 pm

 (New York, NY) – Mark Hetfield today was named President & CEO of HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, effective immediately. The announcement was made by HIAS Chairman Marc Silberberg, following a unanimous vote by the HIAS Board of Directors. Hetfield was most recently HIAS’ Interim President & CEO while an extensive national and international search to fill the agency’s top position was conducted by a specially appointed board committee in collaboration with a search firm.


HIAS Welcomes President Obama's Plan for Immediate Immigration Reform

Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 17:38 pm

(New York, NY) — HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds President Obama for his critically important speech today in Las Vegas. The President stated that “most Americans agree that it’s time to fix the system that’s been broken for way too long.” HIAS is appreciative that his plan includes dealing with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally with an earned pathway to citizenship and modernizing our legal immigration system so that families do not have


HIAS Welcomes Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Urges Reform of Refugee and Asylum Laws

Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 14:20 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform released today with the support of Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Bennet (D-CO), and Flake (R-AZ). While we await the actual legislative language, HIAS is grateful for the leadership of these senators and for their reaching agreement on key issues: There must be a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants


HIAS Mourns the Loss of Senator Arlen Specter, a Leader in Jewish Rescue

Posted on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

(New York, NY) - HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, mourns the loss of Senator Arlen Specter, who died yesterday. For HIAS and Jews in America and around the world, the longtime senator from Pennsylvania will always be remembered for his dedication to Jewish rescue.

Senator Specter was a champion for legislation that helped thousands of Jews and other religious minorities who faced persecution for their religious beliefs find freedom and new lives in the United


HIAS Applauds Measure Allowing Jewish Community to Hire and Retain Critical Foreign Religious Workers

Posted on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 15:49 pm

(Washington, D.C.) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the enactment today of a bill extending the Religious Worker Visa Program (RWVP), portions of which were scheduled to expire this weekend. The RWVP was extended for three years through September 30, 2015.

"This is an important step in ensuring that the Jewish community can keep the dedicated and experienced teachers and other foreign religious workers on whom we rely," said Mark Hetfield, President


HIAS Welcomes the Majority of Today's Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona's SB 1070; Continues to Push Congress for Federal Immigration Reform

Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the portion of today’s Supreme Court decision in the case of Arizona v. United States that struck down three of the four challenged provisions of the Arizona law, but is very concerned that the Court upheld the provision that allows law enforcement agents to check the immigration status of people they detain.

According to Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ President and CEO (Interim), “Though we view the positive


HIAS Scholarship Program 2012 Distributes Funding to Deserving Former Clients: HIAS Scholars engage in community activities to help immigrants

Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 15:10 pm

(New York, NY) – As the President announced a favorable change in policy that would allow undocumented students to stay in this country, HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, announced that it had recently awarded $152,000 in scholarships to 38 immigrant students in the United States in its second-annual HIAS Scholars Program. Each year since 1974, HIAS has provided financial assistance to Jewish immigrants who were rescued and resettled by HIAS, and either have achieved naturalization


HIAS Applauds President Obama's Announcement to Stop Deporting DREAMers

Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:21 am

(New York, NY) -- HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, commends President Obama for his new policy for undocumented youth in the U.S. who would qualify for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin a process for granting "deferred action" to undocumented youth who are in the U.S. and would otherwise qualify for the version of the DREAM Act that passed the House of


HIAS Strongly Condemns Violence Against Migrants in Israel

Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly condemns the violent riots against migrants in South Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, in which Africans were attacked and their property destroyed.

According to Mark Hetfield, Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs (Interim President & CEO, as of June 1): “The spirit of Shavuot is marred by this week's mob violence against asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in South Tel Aviv. During this holiday


Mark Hetfield Named Interim President & CEO of HIAS

Posted on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 15:02 pm

(New York, NY) – Marc Silberberg, Chairman of the Board of HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, today announced that Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO, will be stepping down, effective May 31, 2012. Mark Hetfield, Senior Vice President for Policy & Programs, has been named interim President & CEO while a search for Aronoff’s successor is underway. Aronoff, who has been with HIAS since 2000 and in the most senior position since 2006, is leaving to


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