• Designing a Crash Course for New Americans

    Nov 24, 2015

    Imagine greeting a family at the airport who have just escaped persecution in their native land. You are the first person they interact with in this country. What would you need to teach them right away in order to facilitate a smooth adjustment process?
  • LISTEN: HIAS Briefing Call on Backlash Against U.S. Refugee Program

    Nov 23, 2015

    Listen to the complete audio of Nov 23 HIAS briefing call on the recent backlash against refugees in the U.S., the legislation in Congress and the statements by governors who are refusing entry to refugees. Also covered: how the refugee admissions program works, the security screenings that are a hallmark of the process, and the role organizations like HIAS play in refugee resettlement.


  • Opinion: Taking in Refugees is Our Moral Duty

    Nov 22, 2015

    Over 2,000 years ago, someone challenged the Jewish sage Hillel to recite the entire Torah standing on one foot. Hillel did so, saying: “What is hateful to you, do not do to any other person. That is the entire Torah. All the rest is commentary. Were Hillel’s lesson universally applied today, there would be no refugees, writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.
  • Katie Couric Interviews HIAS VP on Syrian Refugee Screenings

    Nov 18, 2015

    Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy & advocacy for HIAS and chair of Refugee Council U.S.A., spoke with Katie Couric on Yahoo News Live about the Syrian refugee crisis. Watch it now.


  • Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Refugee Resettlement

    Oct 01, 2015

    HIAS has welcomed refugees to the United States as new Americans for more than 130 years. As a Jewish-American organization, HIAS is acutely concerned both with the imperative to rescue refugees and to protect the security of our country. As Jews, we support policies that fulfill the Torah's mandate to 'welcome the stranger,' as we know that effective resettlement policies make the difference between life and death, between oppression and the opportunity for success.
  • A World Refugee Day Reading

    Jun 18, 2015

    Jews are a people with many holidays — times set aside to lift up important values we hold throughout the year. World Refugee Day on June 20th is a day designated to ensure that we pay attention to the daily plight of refugees — something we might strive to always be aware of but overlook in the day to day rush of our lives. We hope this reading helps you commemorate this important day:

Press Releases

  • HIAS Condemns American SAFE Act of 2015

    “For decades, the United States has been a leader in refugee protection and a beacon of hope for persecuted peoples. Yet today, the House voted on legislation that would effectively shut the refugee program down indefinitely for Syrians and Iraqis while a new bureaucratic procedure is put into place," said Melanie Nezer, vice president for policy & advocacy at HIAS.

  • HIAS Praises State Dept For Expanding Eligibility for Refugee Reunification

    New policy will include same-sex life partners among family members eligible for family reunion under the U.S. Refugee Admissions program. HIAS CEO and President Mark Hetfield welcomed news of the reform -- a change HIAS has been urging for years.