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The 21st-Century Iranian Jew: Precarious Lives Of Pride ... And Fear

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 12:35 pm

The Baltimore Jewish Times recently posted an article about the Jewish community in Iran—a population that has, since Khomeini took power in 1979, shrunk from 100,000 to today’s estimate of only 20,000 to 25,000. The article recounts the story of one Jewish refugee who fled Iran and cites experts in the field—including HIAS' Mark Hetfield—as well as numerous academics, who paint an incongruous picture of what it currently is like to be Jewish in Iran.


Challenges for African Asylum Seekers in Israel—How Much Has Changed?

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 12:15 pm

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's (RAC) latest blog post is by HIAS' Policy Associate Shaina Ward, who discusses both the current legal and social challenges facing African asylum seekers in Israel and her own experiences with this issue over the past three years.


Jewish groups praise immigration reform proposals

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 20:00 pm

The JTA and the Forward today covered the response by Jewish groups to President Obama's immigration reform proposals, quoting HIAS' President & CEO (Interim) Mark Hetfield, who stated that it is time to fix a broken system that is rife with "artificial, technical barriers that deny asylum to persecuted people."


Advocates Spotlight Plight of African Immigrants in Israel

HIAS in the News

Posted by Roberta Elliott on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

This week in Los Angeles, HIAS—in partnership with Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel, New Israel Fund, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, National Council of Jewish Women/LA, and IKAR—held a forum about African refugees in Israel called "Infiltrators or Asylum Seekers?" The Forward covered the event, at which keynote speakers, including Mark Hetfield, President & CEO (Interim) of HIAS, called for greater tolerance toward these refugees.


HIAS Welcomes President Obama's Plan for Immediate Immigration Reform

Press Releases

Posted by Genever McBain on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 17:38 pm

(New York, NY) — HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds President Obama for his critically important speech today in Las Vegas. The President stated that “most Americans agree that it’s time to fix the system that’s been broken for way too long.” HIAS is appreciative that his plan includes dealing with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally with an earned pathway to citizenship and modernizing our legal immigration system so that families do not have


HIAS Welcomes Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Urges Reform of Refugee and Asylum Laws

Press Releases

Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 14:20 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform released today with the support of Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Bennet (D-CO), and Flake (R-AZ). While we await the actual legislative language, HIAS is grateful for the leadership of these senators and for their reaching agreement on key issues: There must be a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants


Immigrant to America helping those newly arrived on these shores

HIAS in the News

Posted by Roberta Elliott on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Read a profile of recently elected HIAS Board member Albert Hayoun, whose family was helped by HIAS when they came to this country from Egypt (by way of France).


'Faith and Protection'—the UNHCR Dialogue on Protection Challenges

HIAS in the News

Posted by Roberta Elliott on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 13:10 pm

The South African Jewish Report just published an op-ed by Alana Baranov about the responsibilities of those in faith-based organizations to communicate and take the lead in supporting humanitarian and peace-building efforts. She discusses this in the context of the fifth UNHCR Dialogue on Protection Challenges, which gathered religious and NGO leaders from around the world, including HIAS' Mark Hetfield, who led the discussion on behalf of the broader Jewish delegation.


Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced in Senate

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

On January 22nd, the first day that bills could be introduced in the 113th Congress, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act along with Michael Crapo (R-ID) and ten other co-sponsors. The bill would strengthen programs that assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and includes provisions specifically aimed at protecting immigrants. Learn more.


President Obama Acknowledges the Need for Immigration Reform in His Inaugural Address

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

In his second inaugural address on January 21, President Obama called for immigration reform during his second term. The President said, "Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country." Learn more and read the transcript of the President's speech.


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