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Statements & Press Releases

  • Don’t Forget Displacement Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean, Civil Society Organizations Say

    On World Refugee Day, Coalition LAC RMD calls on international community
    to redouble commitments to fund regional humanitarian response

  • JCORE to Join with HIAS, Connecting two Jewish Agencies with Long Histories of Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers

    JCORE and HIAS today announced the joining of their two organizations in the United Kingdom, connecting JCORE to HIAS’ international Jewish movement for refugees. Together, JCORE and HIAS – each with long histories of supporting refugees and asylum seekers – will significantly enhance the UK Jewish response to issues of asylum, refugees and racial equality.

  • HIAS Welcomes Summit of the Americas Declaration on Migration and Protection

    HIAS welcomes the adoption of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection at the Ninth Summit of the Americas by leaders from 20 countries across the Western Hemisphere. We look forward to seeing a roadmap on implementation from the assembled heads of state and government, who have pledged to work together to improve political, economic and environmental conditions so fewer people are displaced throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region.

  • HIAS Says International Community Must Do More to Help Most Vulnerable in Ukraine Refugee Crisis

    HIAS today released recommendations on how governments, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations can close significant gaps in the protection of people forced to flee the war in Ukraine. "At Risk and in Need: Recommendations to Help the Most Vulnerable People Displaced from Ukraine" is informed by HIAS’ decades of expertise in region, and its work globally, to ensure that forcibly displaced populations can access legal protection and refugee resettlement, gender-based violence response services, mental health and psychosocial support, and economic assistance.

  • New Report Says Humanitarian Community Needs to Do More to Support Women and Girls Displaced by Ukraine Conflict

    The global humanitarian community must do more to meet the needs of women and girls displaced by the war in Ukraine, and to adequately support women- and girl-led organizations on the frontlines of the emergency response. Those are the recommendations of a new, seven-part regional assessment from VOICE, a feminist organization dedicated to eradicating gender-based violence (GBV) and holding the humanitarian aid sector accountable to women and girls. The report, Waiting for the Sky to Close: The Unprecedented Crisis Facing Women and Girls Fleeing Ukraine, is based on research supported by HIAS.

  • HIAS Disappointed by Title 42 Ruling

    HIAS is disappointed that U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays in Louisiana has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the federal government from ending Title 42 today. The Trump administration invoked the World War II-era emergency public health law that allows Customs and Border Protection to block people from seeking safety in the U.S. Both the Trump and Biden administrations have used Title 42 to essentially close the border to asylum seekers, and there have been more than 1.9 million expulsions since March, 2020.

  • HIAS Applauds Congress for Ukraine Funding, but Concerns Remain

    HIAS applauds Congress for approving the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, which provides nearly $5 billion in humanitarian assistance funding for Ukraine and neighboring countries. But the organization pointed out that the bill does not include funding for Ukrainian parolees to receive the same support during their first 90 days that people who come through the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) receive, which raises a number of potential challenges.

  • HIAS Statement on Mass Shooting in Buffalo

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — There are no words to express our sadness and anger in response to the brutal act of violence in Buffalo Saturday. Our prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, the residents of Buffalo, and our local partner in Buffalo, Jewish Family Services of Western New York.

  • “All Ukrainians are now beating as one big heart”: R2P Addresses UN Security Council

    Remarks by Tetiana Luzan, advocacy coordinator with HIAS partner organization Right to Protection, before the United Nations Security Council, May 5, 2022.

  • HIAS: Uniting for Ukraine Program “Not a Panacea”

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — Since the start of the war in Ukraine, HIAS has advocated for the Biden administration to make family reunification possible for Ukrainians with loved ones in the United States.