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  • HIAS Lauds Refugee Protection Act as Effective Solution for U.S. Asylum System

    “The Refugee Protection Act proposes thoughtful, effective, and much needed solutions to these problems and will ensure that fairness is restored to the asylum system,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ Vice President for Policy and Advocacy.

  • HIAS Welcomes Introduction of Secure Northern Triangle Act

    “The global refugee crisis is not just in the Middle East and Europe, it’s here in our own front yard,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ vice president for policy and advocacy. “The U.S. government’s deterrence-focused response is ineffective, and creates even more hazardous conditions for asylum seekers. The legislation introduced is a critical step toward ensuring that families fleeing persecution and violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have increased access to resettlement and protection. We strongly urge the Senate to pass this bill and reaffirm the United States’ longstanding commitment to providing refuge to the most vulnerable.”

  • HIAS Announces Second Year of Refugee AmeriCorps Partnership

    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

  • SCOTUS DACA Deadlock a Disaster for Families Seeking Refuge in US, Says HIAS

    “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.”

  • Refugee Crisis Report Provides Evidence of Global Emergency, HIAS Says

    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.

  • Global Business Leader to Take Helm of HIAS’ Board

    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.

  • HIAS Responds to Proposed E.U. Migrant Deal

    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:

  • New Initiatives Aim to Create Welcome for Refugees in Minnesota

    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.

  • HIAS Praises Pope Francis’ Visit to Ciudad Juárez

    “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.”

  • HIAS Responds to Blocking of the American SAFE Act in the Senate

    “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.”