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Statements & Press Releases

  • HIAS Disappointed By DACA Ruling

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — On July 16, a federal judge in Texas ruled against the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. This disappointing decision means yet more uncertainty and fear for young people hoping to build stable lives in the country they already call home.

  • Church of Sweden and HIAS Europe Team Up To Support Refugee Integration

    The Church of Sweden and the Jewish refugee aid organization HIAS are partnering to facilitate community integration in Europe. To this end, the two organizations signed in June a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). 

  • Three Major Faith-Based Organizations Commit To 'Welcome The Stranger'

    Three of the world’s leading Jewish, Islamic and Christian humanitarian organisations are teaming up to strengthen faith-based responses to the world’s unprecedented refugee crisis, as growing numbers of people flee their homes to escape war, conflict and persecution.  

  • HIAS Applauds Expansion of CAM Program

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — On June 15, the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security announced the expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) program.

  • HIAS Welcomes Generous Financial Support from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS, the Jewish humanitarian organization, announced that it has received a transformational grant from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett as part of their giving to support and advance a more just, equitable and welcoming world.

  • HIAS Welcomes The End of 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

    On June 1, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum officially terminating the Remain in Mexico program. Formally referred to as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, the Remain in Mexico program forced more than 71,000 asylum seekers to wait in dangerous areas of Mexico for their asylum cases to be heard.

  • HIAS Ecuador Director Sabrina Lustgarten Named Global Executive Vice President

    HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, announced that Sabrina Lustgarten, previously the head of HIAS Ecuador, is now serving in the newly established position of executive vice president at the organization’s headquarters.

  • President Biden Fulfills Pledge to Raise Refugee Admissions Cap to 62,500

    WASHINGTON — On May 3, President Biden officially raised the U.S.’ refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year from an all-time low of 15,000 to 62,500. HIAS commends the Biden administration for taking this long-overdue action and acknowledging the vocal public support for refugee resettlement.

  • HIAS Receives New York Bar Foundation Grant

    The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $9,159 to HIAS. The grant will be used to support their Justice for All: Empowering Refugees and Asylees through assimilation, self-advocacy, and permanence program.

  • HIAS Welcomes House Passage of NO BAN Act

    WASHINGTON — HIAS applauds the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the NO BAN Act, which was approved by a 218 to 208 vote on Wednesday.