Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Check out Mark Hetfield's op-ed in the Huffington Post, in which he explains how the Boston bombings show us that "we need immigrants, and we need immigration reform."
Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 11:05 am
In this Forward article, HIAS' Mark Hetfield emphasizes that recent events are not a reason to delay immigration reform but, if anything, underscore how imperative it is that the comprehensive immigration reform bill recently introduced into the Senate is passed, since it would bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, close loopholes, and ultimately make America more secure.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:47 am
HIAS' new groundbreaking report, "Invisible in the City," discusses the dangers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex refugees living in Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, and Kenya and provides a comprehensive guide and key recommendations for the treatment of LGBTI refugees everywhere. Please join HIAS in launching the report in New York on May 6th and in Washington, DC on May 7th with panel discussions featuring the report's author, Yiftach Milo, an expert in forced migration. Learn more
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:45 am
On April 18th, We Were Strangers, Too: The Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform (WWS2) hosted a national conference call with over 90 participants from across the country to discuss the Senate immigration reform bill S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, introduced on April 17, 2013. The call featured policy experts from HIAS, Center for American Progress, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs who discussed specific provisions of the bill, how the policies would affect
Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 17:57 pm
Eden Siskind, whose family immigrated to the U.S. with HIAS' help, has been named a Huggable Heroes semifinalist by Build-A-Bear Workshop for her work helping refugee children. Inspired by her grandfather's childhood experience during the Holocaust, for the past four years Eden has organized a 5K benefit race to raise money to support HIAS' art therapy programs for Darfuri refugee children in Chad. Learn more.
Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 17:54 pm
As reported in the JTA, President Obama recently named HIAS Board member Eric Schwartz to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent body that tracks religious freedoms overseas.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 14:09 pm
Please join HIAS in New York on May 6th and in Washington, DC on May 7th for discussions on HIAS' new report, "Invisible in the City." Written for HIAS by Yiftach Milo, an expert in forced migration, this groundbreaking report discusses the dangers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex refugees living in Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, and Kenya and provides a comprehensive guide and key recommendations for the treatment of LGBTI refugees everywhere. Learn more and RSVP.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 14:08 pm
On April 17, a bipartisan group of 8 Senators introduced The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill would provide a path to citizenship for the majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. The bill also includes several important asylum and refugee provisions, including the elimination of the one-year filing deadline for asylum seekers, eliminating family reunification barriers for asylees and refugees, and authorizing streamlined processing of certain high
HIAS Welcomes "Gang of Eight" Immigration Reform Legislation, Celebrates Proposed Improvements to Refugee & Asylum LawsPress Releases
Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 13:31 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, welcomes today's introduction of bipartisan legislation in the Senate to reform the U.S. immigration system. Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ President and CEO, said, “We are thrilled that this legislation was introduced and especially pleased that there are several humanitarian fixes for refugees and asylum seekers in this new legislation, which offers a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, modernizes the immigration system, strengthens our economy, protects families, treats
Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:14 pm
The JTA covered yesterday's "Rally for Citizenship" that took place in Washington DC, which brought together tens of thousands of community, labor, faith, and immigrant rights supporters to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
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