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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • J. Weekly: Troubled Road Ahead for Israel’s African Migrants

    Aug 28, 2015

    In an August 27 story on Israel's release of 1,200 african migrants from the Holot detention center, J. Weekly cites concerns raised jointly by HIAS and the Reform movement, who issued a statement earlier this month calling on the Israeli government to re-examine its asylum policy for African migrants.

  • HIAS Disturbed by Slovakia’s Discriminatory Refugee Policy

    Aug 20, 2015

    "In our efforts to provide refuge to the world’s most vulnerable, we must remind ourselves that it is fear of the other that leads to ethnic and religious strife in the first place. We need to challenge and conquer those fears, not succumb to them," said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees of all faiths.
  • Reform Movement 'Deeply Concerned' about Israel's African Asylum Policy

    Aug 17, 2015

    "The Reform movement and Jewish refugee agency HIAS called on the Israeli government to re-examine its asylum policy for African migrants," The Forward wrote in an August 14 article.

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