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  • Statement to Senate - Hearing on Syrian Refugee Crisis

    Jan 07, 2014

    The Syrian crisis has imperiled a staggering—and growing—number of refugees rendering it the worst displacement crisis in decades. The United States has demonstrated its commitment to addressing this humanitarian emergency. It has become clear that the United States must also include refugee resettlement in its response to the crisis.
  • Report from the Field: Syrian Refugees in Jordan

    Dec 12, 2013

    With funding from the Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees in Jordan, HIAS' expert on immigration and refugee law and policy, Elissa Mittman, traveled to Jordan this October to begin to identify vulnerable Syrian refugees who are in urgent need of resettlement. Her report reveals a very difficult road ahead for refugees staying in the country for the indefinite future, as well as for those who need to find refuge in a third country like the United States.
  • New UNHCR Legal Guidelines Step Forward for LGBTI Refugees

    Nov 27, 2013

    This year’s historic election-day wins in Maryland, Maine, and Washington supporting gay marriage are emblematic of the dramatic strides that the U.S. has taken to recognize the social and legal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. Parallel to this domestic progress, the US government has publicly supported the rights of sexual minorities internationally.

  • HIAS Urges Israel to Adopt Humane Asylum System

    Nov 27, 2013

    According to Mark Hetfield, despite the efforts of non-governmental entities, even the most democratic countries struggle with refugee protection, often subtly undermining it. A new bill before Israel’s Knesset is particularly troubling.
  • New Rules to Aid Syrians Seeking Asylum

    Nov 08, 2013

    Melanie Nezer addresses the changes in the Patriot Act’s overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” that have unjustly prevented thousands of refugees from receiving protection in the United States.

  • The Shadow of Kristallnacht

    Nov 08, 2013

    Merely remembering the horrors of Kristallnacht, the 1938 overnight Nazi-inspired rampage that destroyed thousands of synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses, is not enough. 

  • Providing Detained Asylum Seekers Access to Representation and Justice

    Oct 25, 2013

    Imagine barely escaping a targeted, brutal attack on your family by armed militants or experiencing persecution triggered by your sexual orientation, making your way to the welcoming shores of the United States—and being immediately detained and imprisoned without any access to legal counsel or representation. This is the harsh reality of thousands of asylum seekers searching for haven in the United States.

  • HIAS Helps Garner International Interfaith Support for Refugees

    Oct 21, 2013

    Faith and protection—these are two values that embody HIAS’ work around the world, and these also were the two central themes of the United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Dialogue on Protection Challenges last year, which inspired the drafting and circulation of the interfaith document Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders.
  • Pew Poll on Jewish Americans Creates Space to Support Refugees

    Oct 15, 2013

    The findings from the Pew Research Center’s recent survey, A Portrait of Jewish Americans, have already sparked many discussions about what it means to be Jewish in America. HIAS remains deeply rooted in the organization’s own history of helping Jews facing persecution, but is also rooted in Jewish values, which have supported the organization as it has expanded to protect increasing numbers of non-Jewish refugees.
  • Government Shutdown Leaves Refugees Stranded

    Oct 14, 2013

    As the government shutdown continues, refugee arrivals to the U.S. continue to be delayed, leaving thousands already scheduled for departure in limbo around the globe.