HIAS Receives Special Consultative Status at UN

Posted on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 9:16 am

(New York, NY)– HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is gratified by the decision made late yesterday to recommend it for Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). HIAS first applied in 2007 and its application had been considered and reviewed over the course of two sessions by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); yesterday’s action marks the successful completion of the review and acceptance process so that HIAS can participate in ECOSOC as a fully accredited NGO.

Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, stated:

“Today, HIAS has achieved an important milestone for our organization and for refugees around the world. With millions of displaced persons worldwide, it is important for HIAS – which has nearly 130 years of experience in refugee care, immigration and resettlement – to offer our expertise and perspective to ECOSOC. We are proud to have the opportunity to work in this way with the UN and its constituent agencies dedicated to alleviating the suffering experienced by those displaced by conflict.”

For a number of years HIAS has been an implementing partner with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in several projects, including work with refugees and those seeking asylum in Ukraine, Chad, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Argentina. In receiving Special Consultative Status, Aronoff acknowledged the invaluable help afforded HIAS by the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the permanent mission of Israel to the United Nations, as well as by colleagues at fellow American Jewish organizations, particularly B’nai B’rith and the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights of the American Jewish Committee.