Posted by Mark Hetfield on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 13:24 pm
Last week I attended the formal launch of the “Affirmations for Faith Leaders,” at the Religions for Peace 9th World Congress. The Affirmations, a document HIAS helped draft earlier this year, calls on faith leaders around the world and from all faiths to welcome, protect, and honor refugees in their communities. I was proud to stand with my colleagues and felt a sense of hope for the plight of refugees around the world.
However, despite the efforts of non-governmental
Posted by HIAS – NY on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 11:51 am
Faith and protection—these are two values that embody HIAS’ work around the world, and these also were the two central themes of the United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Dialogue on Protection Challenges last year, which inspired the drafting and circulation of the interfaith document Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders.
Earlier today, Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ President & CEO, attended a formal launch and endorsement of the Affirmations, which took place at the Religions for
Posted by HIAS – NY on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:21 am
Every day, some 5,000 people flee Syria, eager to escape unrelenting violence and the dearth of food, water, and shelter that has left many parts of the country practically uninhabitable. As of October 2013, more than 115,000 people have been killed in the conflict. About four million people have been displaced within the country, and two million Syrian refugees—including a million children—have fled to neighboring states, including Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Medical care, housing, education, and employment are limited for
Posted by Liza Lieberman on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 11:48 am
This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of kristallnacht—"night of broken glass"—when Nazis instigated an overnight rampage in which some 1,000 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.
Mark Hetfield, HIAS' President & CEO, draws connection between that horrible event and refugee protection in an opinion piece published in today's Los Angeles Times.
Posted by HIAS – NY on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 14:20 pm
Imagine barely escaping a targeted, brutal attack on your family by armed militants or experiencing persecution triggered by your sexual orientation, making your way to the welcoming shores of the United States—and being immediately detained and imprisoned without any access to legal counsel or representation. This is the harsh reality of thousands of asylum seekers searching for haven in the United States.
A December 2011 Cardozo Law Review report entitled Access To Justice: The Availability and Adequacy of Counsel in
Posted by Sara Stern, Founder & Manager, The Schoolhouse on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 16:05 pm
While living in Jerusalem in late 2007, I began to notice increasingly frequent radio headlines drawing attention to the growing number of African refugees crossing the border each day into Israel. I had a strong urge to help them. It was clear to me that if these people took great risks to flee their countries and were knocking on our door, we must reach out and offer assistance. For the next three years, I volunteered with the refugees and asylum
Posted by HIAS – NY on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:48 am
Scott and Victor vividly recall the first time they saw Edward*, the Congolese refugee they’d volunteered to house when he arrived in the United States. He was walking through the airport gates with his homeland security papers on a lanyard tied around his neck. “I couldn’t imagine being in his shoes,” says Scott, a dedicated advocate in the LGBTI community. “After all he’s experienced, the amount of blind trust you need to have that you’ll end up okay is just
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 13:16 pm
In June, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S. 744) by a margin of 68-32. This was a huge victory for the immigration reform movement, and we must build upon this momentum to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to reform our country’s broken system in a way that honors our American values.
Please take a moment to urge your Members of Congress to support H.R. 15,
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Fri, Nov 01, 2013 at 13:15 pm
Yesterday, Georgetown University Law Center, the Migration Policy Institute, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) hosted the 10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference in Washington, DC. One of the program highlights was a speech by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who discussed his involvement in the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration bill and specifically thanked faith-based communities for their commitment to immigration reform advocacy.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 13:01 pm
Please join members of the "We Were Strangers, Too" Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform tomorrow - October 17th - for the national Jewish Day of Action against the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act. This legislation was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in June 2013 and would worsen laws targeting terrorism that instead negatively impacts immigrants and refugees. The SAFE Act would also expand the immigration detention system that currently detains torture survivors, asylum seekers, and others seeking protection
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