HIAS Blog

Putting It In Perspective: The Child Tax Credit—Dignity for America's Children

Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Thu, May 03, 2012 at 16:07 pm

As a third-year college student in Washington, I see people on the street begging for money every day. While the majority of these people are individuals, impoverished families are not uncommon. It is of course hard to see individuals struggling to get by, but it is even harder to see children deprived of the opportunities I had growing up. As a result, I became interested in what is being done to help alleviate the dire situations of


Putting It In Perspective: Tragedy in Toulouse—Coming Together to Coexist

Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Thu, May 03, 2012 at 13:52 pm

The heartbreaking and gruesome murders of four innocent Jews in Toulouse, France in March left the world in shock. There is absolutely no excuse for any person to kill innocent children and a loving father whose only “crime” is being Jewish. Before the murders at the Jewish school, the gunman killed three French soldiers and left one in a coma. Two of the soldiers were Muslim. Rightfully so, this tragedy has been condemned by Christians, Muslims,


HIAS at TribeFest

Posted by Liza Lieberman on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 17:26 pm

HIAS was proud to partner with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in TribeFest 2012, which convened more than 1,500 young Jews (ages 22-45) from around North America for a three day thought-provoking, high-energy event in Las Vegas from March 25-27. With main stage speakers, break out workshops, and live entertainment events, the program covered issues related to politics, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and culture in the Jewish world.

Speakers ranged from celebrities like Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night


HIAS Israel Scholarship Ceremony, ZOA House, Tel Aviv

Posted by Mark Hetfield on Mon, Feb 06, 2012 at 16:56 pm

Remarks by Mark Hetfield, HIAS Senior Vice-President for Policy and Programs

Israel is an inspiring place, and you are in this room today because each one of you is an inspiring person.

HIAS loves Israel. Prior to 1948, immigration to the United States was the biggest priority for the American Jewish community and for HIAS. Since 1881 HIAS has been the international migration agency of the American Jewish community. It was, and remains, the mission of HIAS to keep the golden door


High Level HIAS Delegation Returns from Latin America

Posted by Lee Gordon & Mark Hetfield on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Marc Silberberg, Chairman of the HIAS Board of Directors, meeting in Limones, Ecuador with a Colombian refugee who ekes out a living harvesting conch. Photo credit: Eric Newman

Between 1933 and 1945, nearly 100,000 Jewish refugees from Europe escaped Nazism by fleeing to Latin


Putting it in Perspective: Practicing what Judaism Teaches at HIAS

Posted by Jenny Fernandez on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 14:55 pm

The Jewish High Holidays have just passed, and as a student it was frustratingly difficult to find time to be able to observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Hours of homework piled up, mandatory meetings were inconveniently scheduled halfway through Services, and midterms approached much more quickly than I thought they would. In general, since I began college, I haven’t been as involved with observing my Judaism as I used to be or as much as I would


Putting it in Perspective: The Iraqi Refugee Crisis

Posted by Ilanit Sisso on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 14:45 pm

It is hard to believe that the war in Iraq has been going on for almost nine years. When President Obama announced that we would pull out of Iraq by the end of 2011, I felt relieved knowing that American troops would be able to return home. While it’s easy to focus on the excitement of having our soldiers back, I later realized we should also take note of what we are leaving behind. Some important questions


Putting it in Perspective: Stateless, Not Forgotten

Posted by Rachel Horn on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 14:39 pm

What areas of the world do we think of when we think about human rights issues? Africa? Maybe some of us would think of nations in the former Soviet Union or countries in Asia. After the uprisings during the Arab Spring, the Middle East is on everyone’s mind as well. But few of us might be aware that Latin America, a vast region encompassing countries in South America and Central America, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the


The Gift of Hope for the Holiday Season: Darfuri Resettlement in New Jersey

Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 15:16 pm

In a season when we are celebrating Chanukah and looking forward to the upcoming New Year, two essential themes have been dominating my thoughts: miracles and new beginnings. As a resident of suburban New Jersey in the MetroWest area, these themes have a particularly Judeo-Darfuri flavor.

Last week I had the opportunity as President of HIAS to visit with the staff and volunteers of the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of MetroWest to experience part of their tremendous work as HIAS’ flagship


Putting it in Perspective: Focusing on the Who, not the What

Posted by Rachel Horn on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 13:23 pm

On October 25, 2011, I had the privilege of attending the conference “Reaffirming Protection: Strengthening Asylum in the United States,” which commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention. Gathered at Georgetown Law for the occasion were representatives from the NGOs, government officials, and academics and students concerned about immigration and asylum in the United States.


The discussion focused on identifying the major challenges facing asylum seekers in the United States and on establishing a set of “pledges,”


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