HIAS Scholarship Program 2012 Distributes Funding to Deserving Former Clients: HIAS Scholars engage in community activities to help immigrantsPress Releases
Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 15:10 pm
(New York, NY) – As the President announced a favorable change in policy that would allow undocumented students to stay in this country, HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, announced that it had recently awarded $152,000 in scholarships to 38 immigrant students in the United States in its second-annual HIAS Scholars Program. Each year since 1974, HIAS has provided financial assistance to Jewish immigrants who were rescued and resettled by HIAS, and either have achieved naturalization
Posted by Liza Lieberman on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:21 am
(New York, NY) -- HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, commends President Obama for his new policy for undocumented youth in the U.S. who would qualify for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin a process for granting "deferred action" to undocumented youth who are in the U.S. and would otherwise qualify for the version of the DREAM Act that passed the House of
Posted by Mark Hetfield on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 16:00 pm
From April through June 2012 a wave of xenophobia, fear and violence targeted at African migrants washed over much of Israel. This was not the first wave of anti-foreigner sentiment ever experienced in the country, but it was certainly the largest one in scope and severity. At the time of writing, it is not yet clear whether this wave is quite over.
There are approximately 60,000 unauthorized migrants in Israel, who have entered the country through its southern border with
Putting it in Perspective: A Look at IDPs HIAS Blog
Posted by Thuy-Anh Vo on Tue, Jun 05, 2012 at 10:15 am
While interning at HIAS, I have had the opportunity to attend a number of events concerning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). An IDP is someone who is forced to flee his or her home but who remains within his or her country’s borders; there are currently about 27 million people who have been internally displaced by conflict. Even though IDPs are just like refugees, they do not fall under the current legal definition of a “refugee” because they are
Putting it in Perspective: Crossing Cultures HIAS Blog
Posted by Thuy-Anh Vo on Tue, Jun 05, 2012 at 10:12 am
In March, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the 2012 HIAS Board of Directors and Young Leaders Advocacy Mission in Washington, DC. It was inspiring to see individuals who are passionate about the same issues get together to promote HIAS’ advocacy goals and to further educate the Washington policy community about HIAS’ work. It was also incredible to see the program come together after weeks of planning and finalizing details.
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is an
Putting it in Perspective: A Call to Advocacy HIAS Blog
Posted by Thuy-Anh Vo on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 at 16:22 pm
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." –MLK
If you had asked me what I thought I would be doing right now five years ago, I would never say that I would be studying in Washington DC, meeting important elected officials such as Supreme Court Justice Alito or Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith, interning at an immigration advocacy organization, doing my own Amerasian advocacy work, and attending a
Putting it in Perspective: The Promise of Passover HIAS Blog
Posted by Jeremy Hiken on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 at 16:08 pm
Every year at our Passover Seders, we are supposed to “see ourselves as if we personally left Egypt.” Admittedly, it can be difficult for Jews today to connect with an event that took place millennia ago. Nonetheless, that does not mean that the Passover message is not relevant today. Take, for example, the plight of African refugees in Israel, many of whom were forced to flee their home countries as a result of religious and ethnic persecution.
Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 17:59 pm
J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California highlighted the stories of Bay Area émigrés and discussed HIAS' myStory site in connection with HIAS' recently published book, HIAS@130: 1+30, the Best of myStory. Yahoo Local also picked up the story.
Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 14:13 pm
HIAS was mentioned in this Times of Israel article, in which Rabbi Ed Rettig of AJC calls for a serious public discussion of Israel's handling of illegal migrants following the anti-migrant riot in South Tel Aviv.
Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm
HIAS is quoted in this JTA article about the response of Jewish organizations to the recent mob violence against asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in South Tel Aviv.
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