Posted on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:59 pm
This morning HIAS joined partners from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition in calling on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and offers a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In a press conference with faith leaders and Members of Congress from both parties, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) said that, “the efforts of the faith-based community have been instrumental in keeping immigration reform in the forefront of the national debate.”
Posted on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:58 pm
Last week, Congress passed a temporary extension of the Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which permits the U.S. government to approve applications for visas or adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident in any Iraqi case that was pending when the program expired on Sept. 30, 2013. Shortly after the extension was cleared by both chambers, President Obama signed the bill into law.
The Iraqi SIV program, which expired on September 30th, was created in 2008 and provides
Posted on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 at 16:58 pm
Today the White House released its annual memo to the Department of State announcing how many refugees may be admitted to the U.S. through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2014. This year’s Presidential Determination allow the State Department to resettle 70,000 refugees of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Of these 15,000 may come from Africa; 14,000 from East Asia; 1,000 from Europe and Central Asia; 5,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean; and
Posted on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 at 16:57 pm
This week HIAS staff attended the Tom Lantos Institute conference on Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe, which took place in the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest. The conference addressed the alarming resurgence of anti-Semitism throughout Europe, as well as positive aspects of Jewish life in Europe including identity, culture, education, and interfaith dialogue. Keynote speakers included Dr. Anna-Mária Bíró, President and CEO of the Tom Lantos Institute; András Heisler, President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish
Posted on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 16:56 pm
Earlier today, HIAS joined with other refugee advocacy groups for the first Mental Health Advocacy Working Group meeting. Co-chaired by the International Medical Corps and the Center for Victims of Torture, the working group aims to leverage the clinical and policy-related expertise and assets of member organizations to develop coordinated policy, educational, and advocacy initiatives. These activities are aimed at advancing the prioritization, quality, and availability of mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian, transition, and development settings
Posted by HIAS – DC on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 at 15:37 pm
Late last Friday afternoon, even as HIAS Advocacy Mission 2013 briefing packets were furiously being printed, our DC staff was still hard at work switching out meetings with U.S. government officials—now unable to meet with HIAS because of the government shutdown—for briefings with a new roster of renowned speakers and panelists. The outcome? A mission that was even more successful, engaging, and inspiring than anyone had hoped.
First-time mission participant Roman Zelichenko remarked, “I expect it was different than most advocacy
Posted on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 at 18:14 pm
On October 2, Valeriya Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, and Aleksandr Galkin, HIAS Country Director for Ukraine, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The Memorandum provides for cooperation in major areas of work pertaining to refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons in Ukraine, including rights protection, awareness building about their rights in society, provision of legal aid, and consulting. In addition, counteraction against discrimination, xenophobia, and other forms of intolerance is outlined as an important area of cooperation.
Posted on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 18:12 pm
From September 23 to 26, HIAS Kyiv and UNHCR RR Kyiv brought a small group of national judges and lawyers from refugee-assisting NGOs to Strasbourg, France to familiarize them with the Council of Europe institutions in Strasbourg—particularly the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which is an important source of European legal standards in the area of asylum. As Ukraine is party to the Council of Europe, it participates fully in the development of these standards and is also bound
Posted on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:09 am
What if picking up your entire life and your family and moving to a new country with a very different culture and language was your only way to survive? What if, upon arrival, people in your new community actively tried to prevent people like you, refugees, from staying in their city?
This scenario is not just hypothetical. Across the United States, the increase in state and local government anti-resettlement activities is creating a hostile environment for those arriving in their new
Posted on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:41 am
This afternoon, journalist and human rights activist Meron Estefanos discussed the violent kidnappings of Eritrean refugees in Sinai. These refugees, who attempt to reach Israel or Europe by walking through the lawless Sinai Peninsula, are often seized by local authorities and sold to Bedouin tribes. These traffickers then attempt to extort the families of the kidnapped for ransom, and often torture the refugees while they are being held. Listen to a recent episode of "This American Life" featuring
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