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10 AmeriCorps Members will serve at HIAS national affiliates as part of collaboration between the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of Refugee Resettlement
“We are deeply disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision on DACA. Many of those who fled violence in Central America meet all the criteria to be considered refugees but can't find lawyers and face numerous barriers to getting a fair day in court. This non-decision places them, many of whom have close family members here, at grave risk of deportation.”
The world should be ashamed that more than 65 million people are currently displaced from their homes, without assurances of safety, getting their basic needs met, or having a place they can permanently call home, says HIAS, n response to the UN Refugee Agency’s new report released today.
HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit protecting refugees, announced today the appointment of Dianne F. Lob as Chair of its Board of Directors. Lob, Partner and Head of Equity Global Business Development for AllianceBernstein, was elected at HIAS’ June board meeting.
NEW YORK— In response to the E.U. proposal to limit the flow of migrants and refugees coming into Europe through Turkey, Mark Hetfield, the CEO and President of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit protecting refugees, issued the following statement:
At a time when our nation’s proud tradition of welcoming refugees is continually at risk of being tarnished, several innovative Minnesota-based organizations have received funding for nine local projects to serve the local refugee population. “The projects in Minnesota will help dispel the misinformation about refugees that is so prevalent these days and we hope that successful projects will be replicated in communities across the country,” said Melanie Nezer, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at HIAS.
“As Jews we are called by our tradition, our values, and our own history to welcome the stranger. Pope Francis has shown today, through both word and deed, how Catholics also must respond to refugees with compassion. More importantly, he has set an example for people of all faiths, and we commend him for using his platform as a religious leader to highlight the moral obligation we all have to welcome refugees at a time when so many are fleeing terrible violence in Central America.”
“This bill was always about politics, not about safety. Refugees in general, and Syrian refugees in particular, are already the most vetted non-citizens who enter our country. This bill would effectively shut down the U.S. refugee resettlement program, not improve it. Such a move would be especially unconscionable at a time of unprecedented global displacement, and I’m relieved that the Senate has declined to pursue it further.”
“With the launch of this new partnership, the Obama Administration has made clear that it recognizes that the epidemic of violence in Central America demands an international response. By working with the U.N. refugee agency to help people apply for protection from within the region, the U.S. can potentially save thousands of lives. However, it raises the question of how the administration can justify its stated plans to continue to deport people back to these countries, despite evidence that many are removed without adequate chance to pursue their asylum claims or sufficient legal assistance. Deporting people who may have legitimate asylum claims back to some of the most violent places on the planet is not only a violation of our values, it potentially places the U.S. in violation of international law.”
“HIAS welcomes Filippo Grandi to the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. His appointment comes at a particularly challenging moment, as the greatest refugee crisis since World War II rages on unabated. Given Mr. Grandi’s long-standing commitment to refugees, we are confident that he is up to the challenge. We hope that his experience working throughout both Africa and the Middle East will enable him to exercise the necessary leadership on this incredibly important issue.”