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  • The Hill: Graham, Cruz Proposal to Defund the U.N. is Misguided

    Jan 18, 2017

    "Cutting all funding to the U.N., which includes the Refugee Agency, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF, would cause immeasurable suffering," writes HIAS VP for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer.
  • Mark Hetfield Named to Forward 50

    Nov 14, 2016

    HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield was named to the Forward newspaper's annual list of “Jews who have impacted American life” for 2016. This year’s Forward 50 recognizes Hetfield for being at the forefront of the Syrian refugee relief efforts.
  • Sukkot Round-Up: Refugees Find Welcome In Sukkahs

    Oct 26, 2016

    As part of the ongoing Jewish response to the global refugee crisis, HIAS created new visual resources for congregations and families to print and hang in their sukkahs. The visuals provided an educational component to the familiar sukkot tradition, a reminder that today, 65 million refugees and displaced people still wander the earth in search of a safe place to call home.
  • Former HIAS Client and Holocaust Survivor Interviewed on Democracy Now!

    Sep 22, 2016

    Former HIAS client, Kindertransport survivor and refugee advocate Manfred Lindenbaum was interviewed live on Democracy Now!, sharing his personal experiences as a refugee and responding to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son’s comparison of Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.
  • Jerusalem Post Spotlights HIAS’ Work

    Sep 20, 2016

    HIAS “has become known as the U.S. Jewish community’s voice on refugee issues,” mobilizing the Jewish community around the refugee crisis, writes the Jerusalem Post.
  • USA Today: World Must Recommit to Refugees

    Sep 19, 2016

    Ahead of this week's refugee summits, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield took to the pages of USA Today to argue that, “now is the time for the world to recommit to the ideals and promises of the Refugee Convention.”
  • From Albany to Kansas City, the Jewish Community Is Stepping Up for Refugees

    Sep 06, 2016

    "Against a backdrop of increased fear and unease about refugees, the American Jewish community has stepped up to the challenge, because we understand what’s at stake. Synagogues in places as varied as Albany, Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Francisco are helping newly-arrived families rebuild their lives in the United States," writes Rabbi Jennie Rosenn.
  • TIME: The U.S. Is Failing Central American Refugees

    Aug 19, 2016

    "We must do more to help those seeking asylum—whichever direction they’re fleeing," writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield in a newly published opinion piece for TIME.
  • The Forward: Could Trump’s ‘Ideological’ Test Bar Orthodox Jews and Israelis?

    Aug 16, 2016

    “As Jews, we feel called to oppose policies which would bar a person based on their faith or where they come from,” Nezer said. “We have full confidence in the U.S. government’s commitment to keeping our country safe, and we cannot allow xenophobia and fear to drive our policies.”
  • HIAS CEO Warns US is "Falling Short" on Refugee Protection in Letter to New York Times

    May 31, 2016

    In a letter to the editor published online on May 31 and in print on June 1 by the New York Times, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield takes a critical look at the Obama administration's record on refugee protection.

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