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  • TIME: The U.S. Is Failing Central American Refugees

    Aug 19, 2016

    "We must do more to help those seeking asylum—whichever direction they’re fleeing," writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield in a newly published opinion piece for TIME.
  • The Forward: Could Trump’s ‘Ideological’ Test Bar Orthodox Jews and Israelis?

    Aug 16, 2016

    “As Jews, we feel called to oppose policies which would bar a person based on their faith or where they come from,” Nezer said. “We have full confidence in the U.S. government’s commitment to keeping our country safe, and we cannot allow xenophobia and fear to drive our policies.”
  • HIAS CEO Warns US is "Falling Short" on Refugee Protection in Letter to New York Times

    May 31, 2016

    In a letter to the editor published online on May 31 and in print on June 1 by the New York Times, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield takes a critical look at the Obama administration's record on refugee protection.
  • Jewish Week: Yom HaShoah, Anne Frank and Refugee Security Checks

    May 05, 2016

    "As we commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we suddenly transition from Passover, the ancient holiday which commemorates the refugee experience, to honoring the memory of the six million Jews who perished because they were not able to flee," writes Mark Hetfield in The Jewish Week.
  • Washington Post: How South Carolina Could Fail Refugees and Religion

    Apr 25, 2016

    "This proposal rests on a fundamental misconception about refugees and immigrants, one too often promoted by those who peddle in bigotry and fear. Refugees have become our religious leaders and successful entrepreneurs. They are artists, scientists, scholars, police officers, doctors and soldiers; they are our neighbors. But most important, they are children of God, entitled to equal opportunity, dignity and respect," write Hetfield and Moline.
  • PBS Debate Show 'Point Taken' Features HIAS VP Melanie Nezer

    Apr 20, 2016

    Melanie Nezer joined PBS’s Point Taken for a lively debate about whether the U.S. has taken in enough refugees in response to the current crisis.
  • The Forward: How To Talk About Refugees at Your Passover Seder

    Apr 14, 2016

    Today there are 60 million people who have left everything they know behind, and fled in search of safety. Every day, an additional 40,000 flee their own Pharoahs — from Syria, Honduras, Afghanistan, Sudan, Colombia, Myanmar, Somalia, Ukraine; the list goes on and on.
  • HIAS featured on Ugandan TV

    Apr 04, 2016

    HIAS’ work with refugees in Uganda was recently highlighted by NBS TV Uganda. Watch it here.
  • Opinion: Help Refugees and Make Your Bubbe Proud

    Mar 14, 2016

    "We cannot protect ourselves by being only for ourselves. We can only protect ourselves by protecting and implementing universal principles of human rights," writes HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield in an op-ed published by JNS.
  • Jewish Journal: This is What it Takes to Resettle a Refugee

    Feb 24, 2016

    “Six months ago, we felt we were shouting into the wind trying to get people to understand there’s a refugee crisis,” Riva Silverman, vice president of external affairs for HIAS, a Jewish refugee aid organization, told congregants at a Shabbat lunch in January at Temple Beth Am on La Cienega Boulevard.

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