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  • Letter to The Forward: The Answer Lies in the Refugee Convention of 1951

    Sep 10, 2015

    For refugees, the 1951 Convention is Torah. We can get lost in arguing about its meaning and interpretation, but the guiding basic principles and values are very clear. Our obligations toward refugees are the same no matter who they are, no matter who we are, no matter what other countries are doing, or are not doing.
  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Jewish Sense of Responsibility

    Sep 09, 2015

    The Jerusalem Post reached out to Jewish aid organizations across the globe to find out what role they are playing to help refugees from Syria and the region and spoke with HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield.
  • KQED Radio: Should the U.S. Be Doing More to Help Solve the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

    Sep 09, 2015

    HIAS Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer appeared on San Francisco NPR affiliate KQED's Forum program to discuss U.S. refugee policy.

  • BuzzFeed: Refugee Advocates Say Obama’s Plan To Take In 10,000 Syrians Is Not Enough

    Sep 10, 2015

    The White House’s plan, announced Thursday, “shows no leadership,” the President of HIAS told BuzzFeed News. “it’s not even enough to be a symbolic gesture.”
  • World Politics Review: Why the U.S. Has Accepted So Few Syrian Refugees

    Sep 09, 2015

    "As the plight of Syrian refugees and their harrowing attempts to enter Europe dominate international media, calls have mounted for the United States to play a greater role in managing the crisis," Karina Piser writes in World Politics Review. “This isn’t how the refugee referral process should be happening,” says Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS.
  • Jewish Week: Obama Agrees To Settle 10,000 Syrians; HIAS Wants 100,000

    Sep 10, 2015

    President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, up from 1,000 this past year – but that’s far fewer than the 100,000 Jewish refugee aid organization HIAS wants the U.S. government to resettle, The Jewish Week reports.
  • Time: How to Talk to Your Kids about Refugees

    Sep 08, 2015

    American kids have great opportunities to get involved, thanks to a “robust refugee resettlement program” in the U.S, either through secular programs like the International Rescue Committee, or faith-based groups like the HIAS.
  • Mark Hetfield on NPR: Europe, US Treating Crisis Like "Business as Usual"

    Sep 04, 2015

    HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield discussed the current European refugee crisis and what the US should be doing to help with NPR's Robert Siegel on All Things Considered, Friday September 4.
  • Op-Ed: Migrants Aren’t Widgets

    Sep 03, 2015

    A Nobel Prize Winner has some advice for Europe: Remember that refugees are not widgets to be distributed or warehoused, and you can turn this challenge into a manageable opportunity to both protect refugee lives and improve your own economy.
  • Op-Ed: For Refugees, Crisis Never Far Away

    Sep 02, 2015

    With more than four million Syrians displaced by the conflict, the capacity of neighboring countries is being tested. In July, food assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan was cut in half due to lack of funds, leaving a refugee family in Lebanon to subsist on the equivalent of $13.50 per person per month. And the situation may soon become even more dire.

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