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  • Despite Government Shutdown, HIAS Advocacy Mission a Success

    Oct 09, 2013

    First-time mission participant Roman Zelichenko remarked, “I expect it was different than most advocacy missions but despite the inability to speak to government officials, I found the guest speakers and participants really valuable to talk and listen to.”
  • Reflecting on Plight of Refugees this High Holiday Season

    Sep 17, 2013

    As the global number of refugees continues to grow, Jewish communities from Berkeley to Budapest hold those unable to return home in their prayers this High Holiday season. Rabbi Ferenc Raj, Rabbi Emeritus from Congregation Beth El in Berkeley and founder of Bet Orim Reform Jewish Congregation in Budapest, brought the refugee theme to his congregation this Yom Kippur—along with his very personal experience.
  • HIAS Launches Pilot Project to Create Welcome for Refugees

    Sep 17, 2013

    What if picking up your entire life and your family and moving to a new country with a very different culture and language was your only way to survive? What if, upon arrival, people in your new community actively tried to prevent people like you, refugees, from staying in their city?
  • Jewish groups aiding Syrian refugees — sort of

    Sep 11, 2013

    HIAS recently was one of four groups allocated money by the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief to aid refugees fleeing Syria's two-year-old civil war.

  • Moving Towards Refugee Inclusion in Ukraine

    Aug 22, 2013

    This week HIAS Ukraine Director Aleksandr Galkin met with Valeria Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights, to discuss migration and asylum issues and enhancing collaboration to better protect refugees.
  • Advocating for Refugees in Immigration Reform Debate

    Aug 14, 2013

    For HIAS, the top legislative priority for immigration reform is to streamline the process for admitting certain high-risk refugee groups, including Jews and other religious minorities fleeing Iran. Another is elimination of the one-year filing deadline for asylum applications, which prevents many asylum seekers with a well-founded fear of persecution from receiving protection in the U.S.
  • Kenya Court Vindicates the Rights and Dignity of Urban Refugees

    Aug 08, 2013

    In December 2012, the Kenyan government announced that it intended to send the more than 100,000 refugees living in Nairobi and other cities into refugee camps. The government hoped to eliminate a terrorist threat. But at what cost to the refugees themselves?
  • Because We Are Jewish

    Aug 01, 2013

    What HIAS has done is moved from the “Exodus” period of our first 120 years, in which HIAS focused on bringing Jews from oppression to freedom, to HIAS’s “Leviticus” period, in which we fulfill Jewish values and assist refugees of all faiths and ethnicities based on our own Exodus experiences.
  • The Cinderblock Welcome

    Jul 31, 2013

    After passing through a metal detector and barbed wire fence, visitors to Delaney Hall Detention Facility are greeted by a white cinderblock wall splashed with the word “Welcome!” in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and French. As a summer intern with HIAS, I have spent two days each week at Delaney Hall, serving as an interpreter for the incredible team that provides legal counsel.
  • By adapting to the times, HIAS rescues itself

    Jul 18, 2013

    One could say that the grandchildren of Russian Jewish immigrants helped by HIAS a century ago are now paying it forward, coming to the aid of others in need around the world. 

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