HIAS Responds to Increased Violence in South Sudan, Stands Ready to Assist New Refugees

Press Releases

Posted by HIAS – NY on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 13:23 pm

In response to the reports of increased violence in South Sudan resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians, HIAS president and CEO Mark Hetfield issued the following statement:

"The extraordinary levels of inter-ethnic mass killings being reported out of South Sudan is a worrisome indication of where the violence that started late last year is heading. Footage showing horrifying acts including the ruthless massacre of human lives is an unthinkable scenario, but one with which we are tragically acquainted.

At HIAS, we

The Linking Communities Project Announces Grants for OH and PA Initiatives


Posted by HIAS – NY on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 20:07 pm

Financial support promotes welcome and integration for refugees and communities

Projects that develop leaders among refugee populations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as educate and engage communities across these states on refugee issues, just received an infusion of financial support from the Linking Communities Project: Creating Welcome for Refugees—an initiative by HIAS and our partner organizations.*

Refugees, like all immigrants, contribute culturally to American’s rich diversity and economically to the cities and towns where they settle, which is why the Linking

HIAS in the Huffington Post: Passover, Refugees, and Living Below the Line

HIAS in the News

Posted by HIAS – NY on Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

In his Op Ed in the Huffington Post, HIAS' Mark Hetfield reflects on the connection between the lessons of Passover and the plight of refugees around the world—and discusses both what HIAS and similar organizations are doing and how we as individuals can help as well.

Auburn Theological Seminary to Honor HIAS VP for Leadership

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Posted by HIAS – NY on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn to be recognized at annual event alongside women leaders including Chelsea Clinton and Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis

(New York, NY) – On Wednesday, April 23, faith leaders and social justice advocates will gather to honor Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, who serves as HIAS’ first ever Vice President for Community Engagement, alongside fellow leaders of faith and justice at the 18th annual Auburn Seminary Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit Breakfast.

Rabbi Rosenn recently joined HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that

HIAS’ Food Programs Offer Lifeline to Refugees Across the Globe


Posted by HIAS – NY on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 13:27 pm

Addressing the economic challenges of refugees—among the world’s most vulnerable people—is one critical step to reducing poverty in our world. Ethnic conflicts in places like Sudan, Syria, and Columbia have forced 15 million people to flee their home countries often with little more than the clothes on their backs.

In camps and urban areas alike, HIAS provides humanitarian aid and distributes food to refugees to ensure they do not go hungry.

In Chad alone, this year HIAS is distributing more than 8,730

NY Daily News: America, open your arms to Syrian refugees

HIAS in the News

Posted by HIAS – DC on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

With Syrians facing the worst refugee crisis in the world in decades, the U.S. must continue to fulfill its basic responsibility to protect these particularly vulnerable refugees, argues HIAS' Melanie Nezer in this NY Daily News article


NPR Covers HIAS' Work with Refugee Children

HIAS in the News

Posted by HIAS – NY on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 13:47 pm

NPR joined HIAS on a visit to Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, where HIAS partner Jewish Family and Children’s Service helps resettle refugees, providing them survival skills to begin a new life.

HIAS staff and board members visited the school earlier this week as part of HIAS' National Refugee Resettlement Conference, which brings together refugee resettlement partner agencies from across the country.


HIAS Op-Ed in The Hill: Broad terrorism policies unfairly target victims

HIAS in the News

Posted by HIAS – DC on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

In her Op-Ed in The Hill, HIAS’ Melanie Nezer explains how overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” in the USA Patriot Act not only have delayed or prevented thousands of refugees from finding safe haven in the United States, but also undermine America's leadership in the realm of refugee protection.

A Global Perspective on LGBTI Protection Issues

HIAS in the News

Posted by HIAS – NY on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

An article on LGBTI migrants in immigration detention that was co-authored by Rachel Levitan and published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender was named "Immigration Article of the Day" by the Law Professor Blog Network.

Waiting for Asylum, But Treated Like Criminals

HIAS in the News

Posted by HIAS – NY on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm

HIAS' Melanie Nezer discusses the difficult situation people claiming asylum in the U.S. face, both inside and outside detention centers, in this article from Fusion.

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