Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently introduced the "Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act," which would reform the refugee resettlement program by bringing it up-to-date to meet the needs of refugees and the U.S. communities that welcome them. By streamlining refugee processing and ensuring coordination among the government agencies involved in refugee resettlement, the bill would help the U.S. respond to emergencies and offer safe haven to refugees without unnecessarily prolonging the admissions process. The bill also would build on successful programs that
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 12:49 pm
In September, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months, until July 22, 2014. Secretary Napolitano originally designated Haiti for TPS in January 2010 after major earthquakes devastated the country. Eligible individuals must have lived in the U.S. continuously since January 2010. In addition, DHS has extended the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students. This will enable eligible students to continue to obtain employment authorization,
Posted by Genever McBain on Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 6:38 am
This Ha'aretz article offers an in-depth look at the work of HIAS and Joel Moss, head of HIAS' Israel office, with the Israeli asylum system.
Posted by Genever McBain on Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 6:34 am
The JTA covered Obama's 3-year renewal of the Religious Worker Visa Program, quoting Mark Hetfield on its importance to the Jewish community.
HIAS Applauds Measure Allowing Jewish Community to Hire and Retain Critical Foreign Religious WorkersPress Releases
Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 15:49 pm
(Washington, D.C.) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the enactment today of a bill extending the Religious Worker Visa Program (RWVP), portions of which were scheduled to expire this weekend. The RWVP was extended for three years through September 30, 2015.
"This is an important step in ensuring that the Jewish community can keep the dedicated and experienced teachers and other foreign religious workers on whom we rely," said Mark Hetfield, President
Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 9:07 am
At a September 20-21, 2012 HIAS symposium in Geneva on the work and research of HIAS and other agencies striving to protect refugees who are members of sexual minorities, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Director of the Division of International Protection, Volker Turk, gave a groundbreaking address highlighting the challenges faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) refugees. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador David Robinson of the Bureau of Population,
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 15:21 pm
Next week the 5th annual National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) will take place in Baltimore, Maryland. Sponsored by the National Partnership for New Americans and hosted by CASA de Maryland, this will be the largest national conference to bring together immigrant integration leaders and advocates from across the country. It will be attended by a broad cross-section of experts on immigration and refugee policies, service providers, academics, government officials, and advocates. The program will focus on strengthening the systems and
Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 14:11 pm
The Hill's Congress Blog just posted an op-ed by Mark Hetfield in which he explains how the Lautenberg Amendment is especially critical for religious minorities seeking to flee Iran because it encourages third party countries to provide refuge based on the assurance that bona fide members of Iranian religious minorities under consideration by the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program will be admitted into the United States.
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.
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