• Washington Post: How South Carolina Could Fail Refugees and Religion

    Apr 25, 2016

    "This proposal rests on a fundamental misconception about refugees and immigrants, one too often promoted by those who peddle in bigotry and fear. Refugees have become our religious leaders and successful entrepreneurs. They are artists, scientists, scholars, police officers, doctors and soldiers; they are our neighbors. But most important, they are children of God, entitled to equal opportunity, dignity and respect," write Hetfield and Moline.
  • PBS Debate Show 'Point Taken' Features HIAS VP Melanie Nezer

    Apr 20, 2016

    Melanie Nezer joined PBS’s Point Taken for a lively debate about whether the U.S. has taken in enough refugees in response to the current crisis.


  • Open Letter to Global Leaders in advance of the UNHCR High Level Meeting in Geneva on March 30, 2016

    Mar 29, 2016

    In advance of high-level meetings in Geneva on Global Responsibility Sharing through Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees, HIAS joined more than a dozen other refugee protection organizations to call upon states to to pledge to achieve the UNHCR target of resettlement and alternative pathways for at least 10 percent of Syria’s nearly five million refugees.
  • Statement submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives

    Mar 16, 2016

    The U.S. Refugee Admission Program has been a critical humanitarian and diplomacy tool for over three decades. Now, with more than 60 million displaced people globally, it more important than ever to preserve refugee resettlement in the United States. Refugee resettlement is a critical tool in providing humanitarian assistance because it provides the most vulnerable with an opportunity to reach safety and a new start. Resettlement also plays a critical role in alleviating the burden placed on host countries that open their borders to refugees.

Press Releases

  • HIAS Responds to Proposed E.U. Migrant Deal

    NEW YORK— In response to the E.U. proposal to limit the flow of migrants and refugees coming into Europe through Turkey, Mark Hetfield, the CEO and President of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit protecting refugees, issued the following statement:

  • New Initiatives Aim to Create Welcome for Refugees in Minnesota

    At a time when our nation’s proud tradition of welcoming refugees is continually at risk of being tarnished, several innovative Minnesota-based organizations have received funding for nine local projects to serve the local refugee population. “The projects in Minnesota will help dispel the misinformation about refugees that is so prevalent these days and we hope that successful projects will be replicated in communities across the country,” said Melanie Nezer, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at HIAS.