Press Releases

HIAS Joins Brief Urging Supreme Court to Overturn Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law

Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 15:32 pm

(New York, NY) – In advance of the Supreme Court’s consideration of Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB-1070) next month, HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, has signed on to an amicus curiae brief submitted today urging the Court to strike down the law. More than 100 faith-based, community, and civil rights groups joined the brief.

Under Arizona's law, local law enforcement officers are required to obtain proof of legal status from anyone whom


HIAS Deeply Grieved by Murders of Members of Toulouse Jewish Community

Posted on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:24 pm

(New York, NY) – The board and staff of HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, are deeply saddened by the murders of four members of the Toulouse (France) Jewish community. According to press reports, this is one in a chain of murders that have taken place in the Toulouse area since last week, including the killing of three troops who had recently returned from Afghanistan. In this dark hour, we stand behind the families of


Regina Spektor Sells Out Benefit Concert for HIAS

Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 16:40 pm

Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor (center) with, from left: Jane Ginns, co-chair HIAS Regina Spektor Benefit Concert Young Leader Steering Committee; Marc Silberberg, Chairman of HIAS; Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS; Alan Lungen, Young Leaders Steering Committee co-chair. Photo credit: Josh Strauss

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HIAS Scholars 2012 Competition Open: Application Deadline is February 29, 2012

Posted on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 16:40 pm

(New York, NY) – The annual scholarship competition sponsored by HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, is open and accepting applications for 2012. HIAS-assisted refugees who immigrated to the United States are eligible to apply.

Last year, HIAS’ annual scholarship program, established in 1974, became HIAS Scholars, a program that incorporates both community-service and leadership development components. Awardees participate in community building projects serving local immigrant communities. Additionally, participants develop important leadership skills through targeted training and


HIAS Announces Benefit Concert Featuring Regina Spektor at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted on Fri, Jan 06, 2012 at 14:04 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, proudly announces a benefit concert featuring Regina Spektor, Russian-American singer-songwriter and pianist, on February 23rd. The concert will be held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City, and will support HIAS’ lifesaving mission to rescue, resettle, and reunite vulnerable refugees so they may live in dignity and freedom.

Presale tickets for this event


HIAS Announces Reauthorization of Lautenberg Amendment to Protect Religious Minorities in Iran and Former Soviet Union

Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 16:25 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the reauthorization of the Lautenberg Amendment, which was included in the FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act that was passed by the House and Senate this weekend. It is expected that the President will sign the bill into law this week.

The Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitates the processing for U.S. refugee status for Jews and other historically persecuted religious minorities from Iran and the former Soviet Union


HIAS Calls on Homeland Security to Stop Relying on Secret Evidence to Deny Refugees

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

(New York, NY) -- HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly supports the screening of refugees for security purposes, but calls upon the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reverse its trend of using secret evidence to delay, deny, and de-approve thousands of refugee applications worldwide. HIAS opposes DHS’s policy of withdrawing approval of hundreds of refugees and delaying thousands more without sharing the basis for the decisions.

The United States has a long and proud


HIAS Awarded Federal Grant for Citizenship Preparation Program: $600,000 Awarded from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 14:58 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, has been selected to receive a grant totaling $600,000 as part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Citizenship and Integration National Capacity Building Grant Program. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced that 42 organizations from 27 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to receive a total of $9 million in grants to promote citizenship education and immigrant integration in


HIAS Applauds the 108 Congressional Democrats and Republicans Urging Protection of Religious Minorities Who Flee Iran

Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 13:57 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the action taken by 108 members of Congress, who late yesterday sent a letter to the leaders of the House of Representatives urging them to renew the Lautenberg Amendment, and looks forward to the quick reauthorization of this critical safety valve for Jews and other religious minorities.

The bi-partisan group, which included members of Congress from all over the country representing a wide range


HIAS Applauds Obama Administration on New Immigration Enforcement Policy

Posted on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement regarding immigration enforcement. DHS announced yesterday that it will implement an agency-wide expansion of prosecutorial discretion guidelines with the goal of allowing immigration officials to focus their enforcement efforts on targeting dangerous criminals. In addition, a joint committee will be created with the Department of Justice to review nearly 300,000 cases currently in removal proceedings and determine


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