Press Releases

Lee Gordon Elected to Board of Directors of HIAS

Posted on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 14:56 pm

(New York, NY) – Lee Gordon, of Chicago, IL, has been elected to the Board of Directors of HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community. Gordon is a Senior Managing Director of the Investment Advisory Division at Mesirow Financial, a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago. In his current position, he assists business owners, families and individuals with integrating financial, tax and corporate plans through customized investment and risk management strategies.

He currently serves on the


HIAS Urges U.S. to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in Wake of Disaster

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 17:16 pm

(New York, NY ) HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly urges the U.S. government to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians currently in the U.S., in wake of the earthquake that devastated much of Haiti yesterday.

To that end, HIAS, has joined the Refugees Council USA and 24 other refugee agencies in sending a letter today to Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, calling upon


HIAS Launches National Center for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Services: HIAS Engages Local Partnerships Throughout the U.S. to Implement National Advocacy Campaigns

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 17:13 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, today launched the HIAS National Center for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Services (the "Center"). The Center, which will operate on a national level to assist and engage local organizations and Jewish communities that serve newcomers, is a testament to HIAS’ ongoing commitment to provide essential resettlement services to refugees and immigrants. It was introduced at the HIAS 2010 National Refugee Services Conference, an annual gathering of


HIAS Applauds Mayor Bloomberg's Endorsement of Immigrant Contributions

Posted on Mon, Jan 04, 2010 at 11:01 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly applauds the positive remarks about immigrants and immigration made by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in his inaugural address over the weekend.

According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS: “We at HIAS strongly concur with Mayor Bloomberg that New York City owes its vibrant success to the immigrants who have arrived at its gateways for three centuries. We extend his sentiment to include the entire


HIAS Welcomes New ICE Procedures for Asylum Seekers

Posted on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 17:19 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the new procedures for asylum seekers announced yesterday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to Mark Hetfield, Senior Vice President for Program & Policy, this is “a step in the right direction” toward fair treatment of asylum seekers.

“Many asylum seekers fled their homelands to avoid being jailed on account of their beliefs, only to find that upon arrival in the United States, they were


Gutierrez Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill a Great Start, HIAS Says

Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 17:17 pm

(New York, NY) -- HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, commends Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) for his introduction of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity” (CIR ASAP) today.

“We applaud Representative Gutierrez for his immigration bill, which helps move the
immigration debate to center stage,” says Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “This legislation reflects the principles that have been promoted by HIAS, including a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the


HIAS Receives $1 Million Gift from Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google and Former HIAS-assisted Refugee

Posted on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 13:17 pm

(New York, NY) – When Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, was seventeen, his family returned to the Soviet Union for a two-week visit. Glasnost had taken hold of the crumbling empire, making Russia a different country than the one the family had fled in 1979 when Sergey was six. Even so, on the second day of the trip, Sergey “got it” and took his father aside, thanking him “for taking us all out of Russia.”

Now, Brin has thanked, HIAS


HIAS' Newly Launched Web Site Wins Davey Award

Posted on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 15:53 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community and the oldest refugee agency in the United States, has won an award for excellence in design for its recently launched Web site: www.hias.org. Announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the 2009 Davey Awards singled out HIAS’ Web site as among the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide.

One of the unique features of the site is


HIAS Launches Its New Web Site with a Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Posted on Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 17:10 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, launched a new Web site last week (www.hias.org) by using the gold standard of online Web site launch strategies – a virtual scavenger hunt. Run as a series of questions about HIAS on the agency’s Twitter site, @HIASimmigration, the hunt encouraged players to search for the answers on the new Web site. The end result was that all those who played became familiar with


HIAS Lauds Passage of Religious Worker Visa Program Extension: Measure will allow Jewish community to hire and retain critical foreign religious workers

Posted on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 14:04 pm

(Washington, D.C) – HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, applauds the passage of a bill yesterday extending the Religious Worker Visa Program (RWVP), portions of which were scheduled to expire at the end of this month. The RWVP is extended through September 30, 2012.

“This is an important step in ensuring that the Jewish community can keep the dedicated and experienced teachers and other foreign religious workers that we rely on,” says Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “HIAS


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