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LISTEN: Protecting Asylum in America

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May 24, 2018

Blog Post

Separating children from their parents. Prolonged detention in jail-like conditions. Court proceedings without adequate legal representation or interpreters. This is not how America should be treating people who are seeking protection from violence and persecution in their home countries.

Listen as HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield, Sr. Vice President for Public Affairs Melanie Nezer, Director of Campaigns Rebecca Kirzner and HIAS Legal Fellow Rebecca Balis review the current situation and what can be done to protect the rights of asylum seekers.

Resources mentioned on the call:

Refugee Roulette, by Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Philip G. Schrag

Sanctuary and Asylum, by Linda Rabben

Brother, I’m Dying, by Edwidge Danticat

Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, a report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

US Holocaust Memorial Museum online exhibitions

Action steps mentioned on the call:

Send a message to your Member of Congress about asylum

Volunteer with asylum-seekers

Donate to support HIAS’ work with asylum-seekers

Full list of current opportunities to take action with HIAS