• Awakening to Refugees

    Sep 15, 2014

    Rabbi Jennie Rosenn - Vice President, Community Engagement

    I feel like I have woken up to a reality I did not fully see or hear before. I don’t think one has to work for a refugee organization, however, to wake up to the seriousness of this issue.
  • HIAS Secures Asylum for Tajik Persecuted for Converting to Christianity

    Sep 14, 2014

    HIAS is proud to announce that a client, a converted Christian from Tajikistan who was jailed and tortured for bringing bibles into the country, has been granted asylum in the U.S.


  • Congress members urge aid to religious minorities in Iran

    Sep 18, 2014

    Jewish Times

    The letter has the backing of HIAS, the U.S.-based refugee resettlement agency, which worked with Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) to obtain the 98 signatures.

  • White House Sparks Ire

    Sep 11, 2014

    Marc Shapiro

    Jewish Times

    Melanie Nezer said in a statement, "Delay means support and solutions for the children and others seeking relief from relentless violence in Central America will remain on hold. The delays have gone on long enough."


  • Statement to U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Unaccompanied Children

    Jul 10, 2014

    Mark Hetfield - President & CEO

    HIAS supports President Obama’s $3.7 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). The $1.83 billion increase for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) must be approved if we are to provide migrant children with appropriate care and ensure that the U.S. maintains our country’s commitments and obligations to asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Statement to U.S. House Judiciary Committee - Hearing on Unaccompanied Children

    Jun 25, 2014

    Mark Hetfield - President & CEO

    An estimated 80-90,000 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) are expected to cross the southern border of the U.S. by the end of the current fiscal year and as many as 140,000 may come next year. Their safety and well-being must be at the heart of every policy decision made in response to this humanitarian crisis.

Press Releases

  • HIAS Frustrated by President Obama’s Delay Addressing Immigration

    WASHINGTON – In response to today’s White House announcement that President Obama will not seek to fix the broken immigration system prior to the November elections, Melanie Nezer, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, issued the following statement:

  • HIAS Responds to Recent Developments in Iraq

    In response to recent developments in Iraq and the U.S. government’s ongoing humanitarian efforts, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield issued the following statement: