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  • Yes, Religion Can Still Be A Force For Good In The World. Here Are 100 Examples How

    Jun 17, 2014

    HIAS is included in a list of effective faith based organizations; Yes, Religion Can Still Be A Force For Good In The World. Here Are 100 Examples How. “Today, HIAS is committed to helping all refugees find safety and homes with international aid, resettlement programs and advocacy work.”

  • Jewish Americans Should Care About Refugees Today

    Jun 17, 2014

    To commemorate World Refugee Day on June 20, HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield and Board Chair Dale Schwartz urge the American Jewish community to remember our own history and lead efforts to promote refugees by asking members of Congress to co-sign the Refugee Protection Act.

  • On World Refugee Day, let us remember our own history

    Jun 12, 2014

    For World Refugee Day on June 20, HIAS and our local partners are urging the Jewish community to remember our own history and lend our voices to support refugees. Avi Rose, executive director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay in California asks readers to call their Congressional representatives and co-sign the Refugee Protection Act, a bill that would reform the lengthy approval processes for qualified refugees to be approved for resettlement in the U.S.

  • Making our voices heard on World Refugee Day

    Jun 10, 2014

    For World Refugee Day on June 20, HIAS and our local partners are urging the Jewish community to remember our own history and lend our voices to support refugees. Margaret Hinson, director of the Refugee and Immigrant Service Centers for Jewish Family Service in Seattle asks readers to call their Congressional representatives and co-sign the Refugee Protection Act, a bill that would reform the lengthy approval processes for qualified refugees to be approved for resettlement in the U.S.

  • A Return To Poland — Manfred’s Odyssey

    Jun 05, 2014

    Like most Holocaust survivors, I did not speak much about my past until my first granddaughter was born.
  • Honoring Frank Lautenberg's Legacy for Refugees

    Jun 02, 2014

    The late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg's legacy legislation, the "Lautenberg Amendment" helps Jews, Christians, Baha'is, and other religious minorities fleeing Iran. It remains available as a lifeline to Jews who, in the coming months, may need the leave Ukraine. Congress must extend it.

  • An Overview of Pending Asylum and Refugee Legislation in the US Congress

    May 30, 2014

    This paper provides an overview of bills have been introduced that would make significant changes to the country’s asylum laws and refugee admissions program and argues that members of Congress who believe in the importance a fair, effective, and humane asylum system and refugee resettlement program should introduce and build support for asylum and refugee legislation.

  • Too Poor for a Social Life

    May 28, 2014

    Those of us who live relatively privileged lives often catch ourselves saying something like, “I’m too poor to go out this weekend.” When we say that, we don’t mean what one-sixth of the world’s population means.
  • Statement to the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

    May 27, 2014

    Historically, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program has served two critical purposes: rescuing persecuted people who are in immediate danger, and offering persecuted people who have been languishing in refugee camps and on the margins of cities a chance to start new lives in safety in the United States. Yet, by all accounts, a program that takes two to three years or more to process a refugee for resettlement, and excludes many more for unsupportable or unarticulated reasons, is a system that is broken.
  • Not your great-grandmother’s HIAS—or is it?

    May 15, 2014

    The application for my clients–a gay married couple from Jamaica seeking asylum in the U.S–runs 50 pages. It is the product of hours of the hard but rewarding assistance I provide as a staff attorney for HIAS. Thanks to someone like me, who also worked for HIAS, my great-grandmother, my family's matriarch, came to the U.S. in 1919. I wonder what she would make of my clients’ application.

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