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Statements & Press Releases

  • Jewish Statement on Historic Refugee Summits

    Throughout our history, America has been defined by our generosity toward those who seek a safe haven from oppression. An asylum system that is fair, effective and humane honors our country’s history and reflects the deeply-held American tradition of offering a chance at a new beginning to those who seek safety and freedom.

  • DC Jewish Community Gathers for Havdalah in Support of Refugees

    The gathering, co-sponsored by Washington Hebrew and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, will include a traditional Havdalah service, speakers, readings, and music.

  • 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 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 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 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.

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