HIAS Convenes Briefing on Asylum Seekers in Israel

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 15:27 pm

On July 11, HIAS hosted a briefing for its Jewish organizational colleagues to discuss updates on the situation facing asylum seekers in Israel. The briefing included updates on legislation relating to the rights of these asylum seekers, and discussed what impact the American Jewish community can have on advocating for this population. Learn more about HIAS’ work in Israel.

House Hearing on the DREAM Act

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 15:00 pm

On July 23, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing on the DREAM Act and the immigration status of illegal immigrants brought to this country as children. The Subcommittee’s Chair, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) emphasized the need for the juvenile legal system to rehabilitate rather than punish. Four additional congressmen served as witnesses to the hearing. Learn more.

Interfaith Panel Explores Ways to Help Syria

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 14:03 pm

This afternoon, HIAS staff attended an interfaith event sponsored by the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which examined the role of faith communities in engaging in humanitarian crises. The event featured representatives of three faith traditions, and examined the possibility of greater interfaith action in humanitarian projects taking place in Syria. Learn more about the Syrian Emergency Task Force here.

HIAS Hosts We Were Strangers, Too Call

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 at 14:01 pm

Earlier today, "We Were Strangers, Too: The Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform" held its national quarterly call. Over 50 Jewish organizations and communities around the country participated in the call, which provided legislative updates, discussed national and local projects and initiatives, and reported on plans for organizing around the High Holidays. Listen to a recording of the call here.

Strangers in Israel

HIAS in the News

Posted by Roberta Elliott on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 at 9:57 am

Eric Schwartz, HIAS Board member and former State Department official, and HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield encourage Israel to take back its proud tradition of refugee protection in an op-ed published in today's Washington Post: "Strangers in Israel: The Netanyahu government is sending African refugees back into harm's way."

"If We Didn't Do It..."

HIAS in the News

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 at 15:15 pm

In response to its editorial calling for HIAS to consider "an orderly sunset," the Baltimore Jewish Times this week has two pieces outlining the continued need for the organization in the 21st century.

The first, "If We Didn't Do It..." profiles HIAS' impact on the Jewish community in Baltimore and beyond, and the second is an op-ed by HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield, "Because We Are Jewish," outlining HIAS' work today and how it continues to

The Cinderblock Welcome


Posted by Allison Mandeville on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 13:46 pm

After passing through a metal detector and barbed wire fence, visitors to Delaney Hall Detention Facility are greeted by a white cinderblock wall splashed with the word “Welcome!” in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and French. The detector, the fence, and the wall mark the start of each trip that HIAS’ “Know Your Rights” team makes to the Newark, New Jersey detention center. It is an ironic, and yet somehow fitting, set-up. While I would hardly describe the facility as “welcoming,” it

HIAS Receives Support From Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

HIAS is one of four groups that yesterday were allocated money to aid Syrian refugees fleeing Syria's two-year-old civil war. More than $100,000 was distributed by the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, a group of 49 organizations coordinated by the JDC. Read more in the Forward and the Jewish Press.

By Adapting to the Times, HIAS Rescues Itself

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

J. recently posted an editorial about how HIAS has taken its mission of helping the vulnerable and adapted it to new circumstances—now rescuing non-Jewish refugees around the world. 

HIAS: Redefining Refugee Education

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 17:38 pm

 Borgen Magazine recently highlighted HIAS' history and current international work with refugees in this post.

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