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Statements & Press Releases

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • HHS Head and UN Ambassador Nominees Could Impact Refugee Policies in US, Worldwide

    “The Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for overseeing the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which puts him in charge of providing for the basic needs of refugees when they first arrive in the United States," said Melanie Nezer, HIAS VP for Policy and Advocacy. “HIAS urges senators to ask how Congressman Price will provide these services in the midst of severe funding shortfalls. We need to know that Rep. Price is committed to doing everything in his power to fight for funding and basic services for refugees and the communities across the country that welcome and support them.”

  • New Bi-partisan Legislation Affirms Importance of U.S. Refugee Program

    "This bill is an important step in offering refugees—particularly those who have survived horrific ISIS atrocities—a chance to restart their lives in safety," said Melanie Nezer, HIAS vice president for policy and advocacy. "It shows the United States' commitment to religious freedom and to rescuing survivors of genocide."

  • HIAS Urges Senate to Pose Tough Questions at Confirmation Hearings

    “As we face the largest refugee crisis since World War II, we need leaders who will uphold America’s proud legacy of protecting and welcoming refugees and who will respect the rights of everyone in America, including refugees and immigrants,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS vice president for policy and advocacy. HIAS is urging senators to carefully consider how President-Elect Trump’s nominees for the next attorney general, secretary of state, and secretary of homeland security will treat refugees and immigrants before voting to confirm them.

  • HIAS Applauds Dismantling of Discriminatory Registration Program

    Any registry based on race, religion, or national origin is un-American and threatens the most fundamental values of our country. HIAS, the global Jewish organization for refugees, is particularly concerned about discriminatory policies that divide people and target certain groups,” said Melanie Nezer, vice president for policy and advocacy at HIAS.

  • HIAS Calls for Protection and Safe Evacuation of Syrian Civilians

    HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, is horrified by the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Syria at the hands of Syrian government forces and their allies in eastern Aleppo.

  • HIAS Calls on President-Elect Trump to Respect Longstanding Refugee Policy

    HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, today called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to uphold the United States’ longstanding policy of protecting refugees.

  • HIAS Welcomes Election of António Guterres as Next United Nations Secretary General

    Guterres previously served as the prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 until December 2015. Pending formal approval from the 193-member General Assembly, he will become the ninth U.N. secretary general when Ban Ki-moon’s second five-year term comes to a close at the end of this year.

  • UPDATE: HIAS Joins 70 Texas Rabbis in Urging Gov. Abbott to Continue Welcoming Refugees

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his intention to withdraw from the United States refugee resettlement program, although Texas has welcomed more refugees in recent years than any other state.