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The Iranian American Community's New Year's Resolution

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:18 pm

Underlining the diversity of the people HIAS assists, the Payvand Iran News just posted an article encouraging contributions to HIAS and other direct service groups that provide social services regardless of refugees' religious beliefs. The article also emphasized the need for volunteers to visit those being held indefinitely in detention centers and building community resources for those in need.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

The intensifying humanitarian crisis in Syria has forced more than half a million Syrians to leave the country and displaced at least two million people within Syria. HIAS participated in several high-level meetings on the situation this week and attended a briefing sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute and the International Rescue Committee entitled "A Bleak Winter: Providing Needed Aid to Those Fleeing Conflict in Syria." Learn more.


Conference on the Haitian Diaspora

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

Last week, HIAS participated in "The Haitian Diaspora: Addressing the Plight of Haitians in the U.S. and Caribbean," an event sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Americans for Immigrant Justice. U.S. government officials, refugee advocacy organizations, and resettlement agencies convened to discuss the impact of U.S. immigration laws on Haitian families, detention and deportation of Haitians, and coalition-building within the Haitian community. Learn more.


Power of Attorney: Training Israeli lawyers in refugee and asylum law

HIAS Blog

Posted by Sivan Carmel on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 16:17 pm

The Israeli asylum system and the status of asylum seekers are the subject of an increasing rate of litigation in Israel. The rapidly growing number of legal proceedings is, in turn, contributing to the development of a nascent, but significant, area of law in Israel.

At HIAS Israel we follow this evolution with keen interest. We recognize the critical role that legal representation plays in the lives of individual asylum seekers, but at the same time we believe that increased legal


Ahead of March deadline, Jewish groups bracing for sequester cuts

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

This JTA article highlights the severe federal funding cuts facing HIAS -- as well as numerous other Jewish organizations -- due to the sequester, a measure adopted by Congress last year designed to force budget negotiations in order to avoid across-the-board cutbacks of 8.5 percent. The cutbacks, which are slated to take place on March 1st unless a compromise is reached, would most dramatically impact HIAS' operations in Ecuador aiding refugees fleeing fighting in Colombia, and Chad, where


Advocating for Asylum Seekers in Israel

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 19:38 pm

The Jewish Journal just posted an article about the work of Maya Paley, who co-founded Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel, an organization calling for reform of the Refugee Status Determination procedure in Israel. Right Now also is a co-sponsor -- along with HIAS, New Israel Fund, and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America -- of "Infiltrators or Refugees? A Presentation and Discussion about Asylum Seekers in Modern Day Israel," which will take


New from the Migration Policy Institute

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

This week, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released "Immigration Enforcement in the U.S.: the Rise of a Formidable Machinery," which reports that more than $18 billion federal tax dollars were spent on immigration enforcement last year. Also, earlier this month, MPI released "International Protection for a Newly Surfacing Refugee Community," which reports on refugees who have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation. Learn more.


Interfaith Coalition Hosts Webinar to Discuss Field Strategy for Immigration Reform

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

On January 14th, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) will host a national teleconference and webinar to discuss the developing field strategy for immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress. The webinar will include analysis of recent announcements by the Administration, legislative updates, state and local updates, voices from the field, and a discussion about coordination and grassroots strategy. Please join HIAS and the IIC for this opportunity to learn how you can get involved in pushing for legislative reform. Contact


Final Rule on the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 10:26 am

The final rule posted in the Federal Register establishes a new process for certain individuals to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers without leaving the United States.  This change allows certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States and are seeking permanent residence to apply for and receive provisional unlawful presence waivers before departing the U.S. for consular processing of their immigrant visa applications abroad.  This new process will reduce the amount of time


The Top Ten Migration Issues of 2012

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 10:22 am

The Migration Policy Institute has highlighted the top ten migration issues in 2012.  Among them are the Obama Administration's issuance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides a two-year reprieve from deportation for eligible unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.  Also included are the surge of unaccompanied minors to the U.S. in 2012 and the results of the 2012 election and polls indicating that the majority of voters support giving most unauthorized immigrants


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