Posted by Mark Hetfield on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:30 am
Recent headlines in Israeli publications Haaretz and Ynetnews about the "willful emigration" of detained migrants to their countries of origin have raised some questions in my mind about the meaning of free will.
Repatriation is considered the preferable durable solution for people in refugee situations, usually both by the refugees themselves and the international community. When an asylum seeker no longer fears persecution in his or her country of origin and can return there in safety and
Posted by Kyle Kissick on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm
HIAS Latin America helps refugees who have fled Colombia’s decades-old civil war and prolonged internal violence. Since the beginning of the war, more than four million Colombians have been displaced within the country and as many as 750,000 have fled the country as refugees. HIAS’ offices in Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela provide crucial psychological and therapeutic services to Colombian refugees that would otherwise have no access to these types of services.
I had the privilege of learning much more about
Posted by HIAS – NY on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:01 am
Irina K. vividly remembers the struggles of her first year in America as a Ukrainian refugee and young mother. Today, nearly 25 years later, these memories continue to drive her work with refugees arriving in the United States from across the globe.
“My experiences as a refugee—learning English, developing survival skills, adapting to a new culture after overcoming culture shock—help me relate to and connect with the people I work with today,” Irina explains.
Born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine during the
Posted by HIAS – NY on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 15:16 pm
As the quickly approaching rainy season promises devastating flooding, HIAS is on the ground at Goz Amir Camp in southeastern Chad aiding Sudanese refugees relocating from camps on the Sudan–Chad–Central African Republic border.
HIAS, which has been providing trauma counseling and social services to refugees in camps in eastern Chad since 2005, is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to speed the relocation of refugees from the imperiled Tissi border settlement to a site some 30 km
Posted by HIAS – NY on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and representatives of 25 faith-based non-governmental organizations today unveiled a landmark declaration aimed at strengthening protection for the world's more than 40 million refugees and internally-displaced and stateless people.
From February to April, HIAS led a coalition of faith-based organizations and academic institutions in drafting the declaration, known as the Affirmation of Welcome. Next week, on World Refugee Day (June 20), HIAS will launch a year-long campaign to promote the Affirmation within the
Posted by HIAS – NY on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 13:08 pm
For more than two decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died this morning at age 89, championed legislation that created a safe escape route to freedom for persecuted religious minorities from many corners of the globe.
Today, HIAS joins the people of New Jersey and America in mourning his loss.
Growing up poor and the son of Jewish immigrants in Paterson turned Frank Lautenberg into a fighter, not just for the people of New Jersey,
Posted by Olga Morkova on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 16:04 pm
After a little more than a year working at HIAS in Ukraine, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study human rights and refugee law in the United States. Studying in Washington, DC has provided me the opportunity to know HIAS even better. I have been able to meet with colleagues who do the same work we do in Ukraine—helping refugees and promoting human rights—but on the other side of Atlantic Ocean, where the economy and the values of
Posted by Shannon Hall on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 18:08 pm
Much of the news today about Iran is centered on its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and the threatening stance it takes towards the rest of the Middle East, particularly Israel. However, behind Iran’s menacing foreign policy is a fractured internal state that is becoming increasingly totalitarian. News agencies do not frequently report on this aspect of Iran, but as those of you who have received HIAS’ updates on the Lautenberg Amendment know, religious persecution in Iran is
Posted by Mark Hetfield on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 15:23 pm
Good news from the Senate Judiciary Committee: Last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee finished its mark-up of the Refugee and Asylum provisions of S. 744—the Gang of 8's Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill.
In spite of an arsenal of amendments submitted by Senator Grassley (R-IA), which would have stricken most of the good refugee and asylum provisions from S. 744, the refugee and asylum provisions emerged from the mark-up largely unscathed. Most importantly for HIAS, Section 3403—the provision that we
Posted by HIAS – NY on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 18:51 pm
Below is the text of Mark Hetfield’s speech, presented at the State Department as part of an annual forum at which stakeholders and the public submit comments, suggestions, and concerns about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
STATEMENT OF HIAS
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