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Statements & Press Releases

  • Hundreds to Gather for Jewish Rally for Refugees to Protest Muslim Ban

    The rally will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty.

  • HIAS Statement on 9th Circuit Court Ruling

    "Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously made America great again. The Constitution prevailed. The Executive Order that tried to turn prejudice into policy failed,” said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.

  • HIAS Files Suit to Challenge Legality of Refugee Ban

    Today, HIAS initiated a legal challenge against President Trump’s executive order halting refugee resettlement. As a religious organization that specializes in rescuing people from religious and political persecution, HIAS is challenging the constitutionality of this order, on the grounds that it discriminates against one religion while favoring others.

  • HIAS Names Shelly Pitterman Senior Vice President for Programs

    HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelly Pitterman as senior vice president for programs, effective February 6, 2017.

  • HIAS Statement on Temporary Blocking of President Trump’s Executive Order

    WASHINGTON—On Friday, February 3, Judge James Robart, of the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, issued a ruling temporarily blocking President Trump’s refugee ban. In response to the ruling, HIAS CEO and President Mark Hetfield issued the following statement:

  • HIAS Outraged by Executive Order Suspending Refugee Resettlement Program

    “With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump has abdicated American values and American leadership on welcoming refugees,” said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees.

  • Trump’s Planned Action on Refugees is a Betrayal of American Values

    WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering issuing an executive order barring the resettlement of refugees from several Muslim-majority countries, calling for “extreme vetting” and reducing the number of refugee admissions in the United States from 110,000 to 50,000, according to leaked documents.

  • Asylum-Seekers Deserve Due Process, Not Detention

    Today, President Trump signed an executive order which would have serious impact on the asylum process for people who come to the U.S. fleeing persecution in their home country. In response, Melanie Nezer, vice president for policy and advocacy at HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, issued the following statement.

  • 1,500+ Rabbis Sign National Letter Calling for Welcoming Refugees

    As questions loom over whether the Trump administration will alter or restrict the federal refugee program, rabbis across the country are urging elected officials to maintain, and strengthen, the current system.

  • HIAS Saddened by Accidental Bombing of Nigerian Refugee Camp

    “The accidental bombing of the displaced persons camp in Rann, Nigeria, is a tragic result of ongoing violence and chaos – the very circumstances that have led so many to leave behind their communities and everything they know in search of safety and stability. HIAS is shocked and deeply saddened by this news."