• 1,500+ Rabbis Urge U.S. to Keep Doors Open for Refugees

    Jan 18, 2017

    More than 1,500 rabbis have signed a powerful letter to elected officials calling on the United States to keep its doors open to refugees.
  • Refugees in Greece Need Legal Aid. Here’s What HIAS is Doing to Help.

    Jan 12, 2017

    On July 1, 2016, on the Greek island of Lesvos, HIAS launched its newest international office in order to provide assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers facing an unfamiliar and daunting legal bureaucracy. “For those who survive the harrowing journey, landing on Lesvos is only the beginning,” said Rachel Levitan. “HIAS Greece was established to meet the urgent need people have for legal assistance and guidance on the island.”


  • 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.


  • NGO Leaders Send Open Letter to the Next President

    Oct 19, 2016

    An open letter to the next president of the United States, signed by the heads of 38 NGOs, including HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield, urges the next leader to "pause and consider what kind of president will you be and what will be your legacy on confronting today's most pressing international development and humanitarian challenges."
  • HIAS Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee

    Sep 27, 2016

    In advance of a September 28, 2016, congressional hearing on the Obama administration's plans for the U.S. refugee resettlement program for fiscal year 2017, HIAS submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

Press Releases

  • 1,500+ Rabbis Sign National Letter Calling for Welcoming Refugees

    As questions loom over whether the Trump administration will alter or restrict the federal refugee program, rabbis across the country are urging elected officials to maintain, and strengthen, the current system.

  • HIAS Saddened by Accidental Bombing of Nigerian Refugee Camp

    “The accidental bombing of the displaced persons camp in Rann, Nigeria, is a tragic result of ongoing violence and chaos – the very circumstances that have led so many to leave behind their communities and everything they know in search of safety and stability. HIAS is shocked and deeply saddened by this news."