• Asylum backlogs can be deadly

    Apr 25, 2015

    Mark Hetfield - President & CEO

    Having an asylum system is not enough if that asylum system is hopelessly backlogged, as it is in Europe and the United States. Backlogs can be deadly. Read HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield's April 25 letter to the editor of the Washington Post, published April 25, 2015.
  • Refugee Crisis Needs an Extraordinary Response

    Apr 23, 2015

    Mark Hetfield - President & CEO

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is urging the West to do more to alleviate the largest refugee crisis since World War II. HIAS agrees. These are extraordinary times, and the West needs an extraordinary response.


  • Asylum Seekers Deserve Better

    Dec 29, 2014

    Melanie Nezer - Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

    The San Antonio Express-News

    In an op-ed published December 28, 2014 in The San Antonio Express-News, HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer argues the U.S. government should end the practice of housing asylum seekers, especially mothers and children, in detention centers.

  • Alphabet Soup

    Dec 18, 2014

    Washington Jewish Week

    A December 18, 2014 article in Washington Jewish Week (later published in its sister publication Baltimore Jewish Times) profiles the "rebranding" of HIAS and the recently announced relocation of staff to Silver Spring, Maryland.


  • A Reflection on Hanukkah

    Dec 08, 2014


    Hanukkah is the celebration of miracles and light, but it is also a reminder of what it is to live life with different beliefs and practices than those around us. As we celebrate the festival of lights, we think of those who today are oppressed because of what they believe.

  • HIAS 2014 Year-End Report

    Dec 08, 2014


    We review our accomplishments protecting and assisting refugees in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States throughout 2014. Our support of refugees and host communities ensures successful integration and the ability for the people we’re helping to recover from their trauma and lead happy, productive lives.

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