HIAS in the News
Posted on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 11:23 am
In her Op-Ed in The Hill, HIAS’ Melanie Nezer explains how overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” in the USA Patriot Act not only have delayed or prevented thousands of refugees from finding safe haven in the United States, but also undermine America's leadership in the realm of refugee protection.
Posted on Sat, Feb 08, 2014 at 17:33 pm
In this New York Times article, HIAS' Melanie Nezer addresses the changes in the Patriot Act’s overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” that have unjustly prevented thousands of refugees from receiving protection in the United States.
HIAS has been pressing for more than a decade for exemptions to the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds, also known as “TRIG” bars. As she points out, the bars were applied so broadly that they even included those who “gave a bowl of
Posted on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:37 am
This Washington Jewish Week article examines Israel's attitude toward the 53,600 asylum seekers who have fled persecution and violence to seek protection within its borders. As Mark Hetfield explains, with the flow of asylum seekers all but halted, now is the time for Israel to reevaluate its policies aimed at creating a purposefully unwelcome atmosphere, such as the Knesset's recent amendment allowing asylum seekers to be detained without a trial for up to a year.
Posted on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 9:25 am
In his NY Times letter to the editor, Mark Hetfield urges Israel to take advantage of the current opportunity to create a more welcoming and protective environment for African asylum seekers already in the country.
Posted on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Despite UNHCR's 2010 estimate of at least 35,000 people in Ukraine who are stateless, little is known about this population, and there is no formal statelessness determination procedure in the country.
HIAS Kyiv has been working to shed light on the situation through its recent UNHCR-funded research project. Learn more and read the story Dmitri, one of the 35,000 who is taking the first steps toward obtaining legal status in Ukraine, in this post from the European Network on
Posted on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Israel's ongoing policies toward the nearly 60,000 Africans seeking asylum from oppression and violence represent lost opportunities to demonstrate Jewish values to the world, argues HIAS' Mark Hetfield in his Washington Jewish Week Op-Ed.
Israel recently missed another chance to lead by example when the Knesset responded to Israel High Court's ruling to strike down detention provisions for asylum seekers by establishing camps that require check-ins three times a day, with violators moved to prisons.
Hetfield calls on the American
Posted on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 at 11:05 am
In light of recent strikes and demonstrations by African asylum seekers in Israel, Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg says that he “cannot bear to watch the moral travesty currently being inflicted on African migrants in the name of Israel and the Jewish people” in his recent op-ed in The Jerusalem Post.
In his piece, Glassenberg mentions HIAS as one of the leading Jewish organizations raising concerns about the new amendment to Israel’s “Anti-Infiltration Law” which would enable the Israeli government
Posted on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 11:48 am
This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of kristallnacht—"night of broken glass"—when Nazis instigated an overnight rampage in which some 1,000 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.
Mark Hetfield, HIAS' President & CEO, draws connection between that horrible event and refugee protection in an opinion piece published in today's Los Angeles Times.
Posted on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 20:32 pm
HIAS' Mark Hetfield offers perspective on "credible-fear" asylum claims in his letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal. His letter was offered in response to an earlier article by Joel Millman.
Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 15:46 pm
Six members of the House of Representatives recently shared their family's immigration stories with the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Strikingly, all six believe that under today's broken immigration system, their ancestors would not be able to come to the U.S. today. Learn more and read their stories.
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