Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:49 am
Haaretz just posted an op-ed by Mark Hetfield in which he discusses the impact of Israeli politicians' destructive rhetoric on the Israeli asylum system.
Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 18:30 pm
The San Antonio Express News just posted an op-ed by Judy Lackritz, who recently served as the Acting Director of HIAS' Washington office and is the Community Relations Director of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. She discusses her involvement with HIAS and her work on the Lautenberg Amendment, which expires on September 30th.
Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 16:34 pm
The work of Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh, one of HIAS' affiliates, was featured in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Everyone Loses if VAWA Isn't Finished HIAS Blog
Posted by Kiera Bloore on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 11:59 am
In May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 (VAWA), H.R. 4970, a bill which severely undermines the protections available to survivors of violence and places victims at further risk of harm. However, the Senate bill, S. 1925, represents the spirit of the "real VAWA" which protects all victims of violence and maintains programs and services to serve victims and make our communities safer. Congress needs to act immediately to pass
Forced Marriage - An Invisible Form of Persecution HIAS Blog
Posted by Kiera Bloore on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 13:24 pm
This summer, as part of my legal internship with HIAS, I chose a personal research project and presented my research to HIAS’ Washington DC office. This was a wonderful opportunity for me because my topic - forced marriage asylum claims - combines my two main academic interests: women’s human rights and asylum law.
I am particularly interested in women’s rights with respect to marriage. This past spring, I was in Georgetown’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and we researched discriminatory
Learning from Immigration's Past HIAS Blog
Posted by Rachel Zisman on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 17:03 pm
I recently had the opportunity to attend a preview of a new exhibit, “Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates” at the National Archives. Through samples of government forms and photos, the exhibit demonstrates immigrants’ and refugees’ “attachments” to both their new homes and their respective countries of origin, as well as the long and conflicted history of immigration.
Attending a preview of a new exhibit is exciting in itself, but as I was walking around the cool, dark, gallery,
TRIG Doesn't Honor the Basic Principle that Families should Remain Together HIAS Blog
Posted by Kiera Bloore on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 15:48 pm
One of the great things about my legal internship with HIAS is that it has put me back in touch with my Jewish roots. Over the past several weeks, I have learned about the many challenges immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers face in this country, including prolonged separation from family. Then, I realized that I did not know anything about how my own family immigrated to the United States. I decided to call my Zadie (grandfather in
Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:55 pm
The Wall Street Journal this weekend covered the ongoing efforts by the Israeli government to round up and repatriate South Sudanese migrants.
Posted by Genever McBain on Tue, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:52 am
HIAS board member Leon Wildes and his son and former Englewood mayor Michael Wildes—both of whom are immigration lawyers—as well as HIAS' President & CEO (Interim) Mark Hetfield are quoted in this New Jersey Jewish Standard article about the recent SCOTUS decision on Arizona's immigration law.
Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 at 14:06 pm
In a South African Times op-ed published yesterday, Mark Hetfield responds to an op-ed by Mondli Makhanya by emphasizing the distinction between the inflammatory statements of some Israeli politicians and Israel's policies as a nation toward migrants and asylum seekers.
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