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  • WATCH: Senators Make Emotional Case for Helping Refugees

    Sep 28, 2016

    “I just think that this is really a matter of values when you come right down to it, and I think our country is enriched by refugees like my grandfather,” said Senator Al Franken (D-MN). “I think we have to do a gut check here, and see who we are as a people.”
  • Young Refugee Photographers Show Promise

    Sep 26, 2016

    “These young people were looking to talk about their lives, their dreams and their experiences as refugees. We thought that photography was a good way to tell these stories,” said HIAS Psychologist Cesar Torres. The exhibition, held at one of the largest theaters in the area, featured the work of six refugee youth following seven months of training and artistic development.

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  • Former HIAS Client and Holocaust Survivor Interviewed on Democracy Now!

    Sep 22, 2016

    Former HIAS client, Kindertransport survivor and refugee advocate Manfred Lindenbaum was interviewed live on Democracy Now!, sharing his personal experiences as a refugee and responding to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son’s comparison of Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.
  • Jerusalem Post Spotlights HIAS’ Work

    Sep 20, 2016

    HIAS “has become known as the U.S. Jewish community’s voice on refugee issues,” mobilizing the Jewish community around the refugee crisis, writes the Jerusalem Post.

Publications

  • 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.
  • Texas Rabbis Write in Support of Welcoming Refugees

    Sep 21, 2016

    "As rabbis, we believe that every life is sacred, and every person is created in the image of God. Our biblical tradition teaches us to 'welcome the stranger' with compassion, and to care for those in need. We strongly support refugee resettlement in our local communities, and we call on you to uphold the legacy of a country and state that welcomes refugees."

Press Releases

  • UPDATE: HIAS Joins 70 Texas Rabbis in Urging Gov. Abbott to Continue Welcoming Refugees

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his intention to withdraw from the United States refugee resettlement program, although Texas has welcomed more refugees in recent years than any other state.

  • HIAS Condemns Shameful Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

    “Minimizing the human cost of the most severe refugee crisis in history is shameful in any context. When refugees—people who leave their entire lives behind simply in search of safety—are politicized and used to fan the toxic flames of xenophobia, we have an obligation to let our leaders know it is unacceptable," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.