Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 14:08 pm
In this tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg in the Jewish Week, HIAS' Mark Hetfield discusses how the Lautenberg Amendment has been crucial in helping hundreds of thousands of refugees escape religious persecution and start new lives in the United States.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 10:09 am
Please join HIAS on June 12th for Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution at the CATO institute. The event features Clint Bolick, co-author with Jeb Bush of the book by the same name, who will discuss three broad components of immigration reform that they believe must work together to produce a viable immigration policy: better immigration enforcement, a lawful pathway for future migrants, and the legalization of undocumented immigrants. Learn more about the event.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 10:08 am
The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation's Community Relations Council and the Social Action Committees of Beth El, Judea Reform Congregation, and Kehillah Synagogue in Durham, North Carolina will host a community program this Saturday, June 9th to discuss why immigration reform is desperately needed and the different positions being discussed in Congress to address our broken immigration system. With the bipartisan Senate immigration bill S. 744 likely to be debated on the Senate floor next week, participants will be able to
Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 18:50 pm
In this JTA tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg, HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield explains that the Lautenberg Amendment was a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing religious persecution and expresses the hope that his legacy legislation will be made permanent through the passage of the immigration reform bill now before the Senate.
Posted by HIAS – NY on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 13:08 pm
For more than two decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died this morning at age 89, championed legislation that created a safe escape route to freedom for persecuted religious minorities from many corners of the globe.
Today, HIAS joins the people of New Jersey and America in mourning his loss.
Growing up poor and the son of Jewish immigrants in Paterson turned Frank Lautenberg into a fighter, not just for the people of New Jersey,
Posted by Liza Lieberman on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 10:28 am
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, mourns the loss of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey who died this morning at age 89. Growing up poor and the son of Jewish immigrants in Paterson turned Frank Lautenberg into a fighter, not just for the people of New Jersey, but for those living in danger many thousands of miles away. For more than two decades, the senator has championed legislation that has created a
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 10:18 am
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee finished its work on the Senate Gang of 8's bipartisan immigration bill. The bill, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for many of the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants, will be debated by the full Senate in June. The House of Representatives is working on their own immigration legislation, but no comprehensive bill has been introduced. In the coming weeks, please voice your support for fair and humane immigration reform. Learn more about
Posted by Olga Morkova on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 16:04 pm
After a little more than a year working at HIAS in Ukraine, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study human rights and refugee law in the United States. Studying in Washington, DC has provided me the opportunity to know HIAS even better. I have been able to meet with colleagues who do the same work we do in Ukraine—helping refugees and promoting human rights—but on the other side of Atlantic Ocean, where the economy and the values of
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 10:27 am
On Monday, the State Department released its 2012 International Religious Freedom Report. The report "highlights stories of courage and conviction, but also recounts violence, restriction, and abuse, reminding us that while many nations uphold respect and protect religious freedom, many do not." The report again names Iran as a "Country of Particular Concern" for religious freedom violations, noting that "government rhetoric and actions created a threatening atmosphere for nearly all members of non-Shi'a religious groups, most notably for Baha'is, as
Posted by Shannon Hall on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 18:08 pm
Much of the news today about Iran is centered on its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and the threatening stance it takes towards the rest of the Middle East, particularly Israel. However, behind Iran’s menacing foreign policy is a fractured internal state that is becoming increasingly totalitarian. News agencies do not frequently report on this aspect of Iran, but as those of you who have received HIAS’ updates on the Lautenberg Amendment know, religious persecution in Iran is
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