• Government Must Change Child Detention Policies, Orders Judge

    Aug 27, 2015

    Children should not be held in U.S. immigration detention for more than 72 hours unless they are a significant flight risk or a danger to themselves and others, a federal judge ruled late Friday.
  • Situation Report: Burundi

    Aug 26, 2015

    Burundi, rocked by a spate of assassinations and post-election violence, looks increasingly likely to spiral out of control. Thousands have fled the country, adding to an already worrisome refugee situation in the region.


  • J. Weekly: Troubled Road Ahead for Israel’s African Migrants

    Aug 28, 2015

    In an August 27 story on Israel's release of 1,200 african migrants from the Holot detention center, J. Weekly cites concerns raised jointly by HIAS and the Reform movement, who issued a statement earlier this month calling on the Israeli government to re-examine its asylum policy for African migrants.

  • HIAS Disturbed by Slovakia’s Discriminatory Refugee Policy

    Aug 20, 2015

    "In our efforts to provide refuge to the world’s most vulnerable, we must remind ourselves that it is fear of the other that leads to ethnic and religious strife in the first place. We need to challenge and conquer those fears, not succumb to them," said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees of all faiths.


  • 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:

  • 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.

Press Releases

  • URJ, HIAS & IMPJ Call on Israel to Recognize Refugees

    The Union for Reform Judaism, the North American Reform Jewish movement, the largest movement in Jewish life today and HIAS, the 130 year old global refugee agency of the American Jewish community, are urging the Israeli government to re-examine its asylum policy. They were joined by IMPJ, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.

  • HIAS Welcomes DHS Shift on Family Detention

    HIAS welcomes the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that women who establish they fear persecution in their home countries and are therefore eligible to apply for asylum will no longer be held in detention with their children.