Larissa Converti describes Ecuador's long history as a host country for refugees and notes HIAS' role in the region. "During the first ten months of 2010, HIAS assisted nearly 45,000 Colombian, Venezuelan, Panamanian, and Argentinian refugees," she writes.
Despite almost daily headlines detailing the dangers of crossing the Mediterranean by sea, refugees are still braving the waves in record numbers. Greece, a part of the European Union, is supposed to have an asylum system “harmonized” with the rest of Europe. In practice, though, Greece is about as well integrated with the rest of Europe on the asylum front as it is economically.
VICE's Meredith Hoffman took on domestic islamophobia in a July 13 story entitled Why Are Republicans So Scared of Syrian Refugees? HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield is quoted describing how the less-than-welcoming attitude to Syrian refugees is surprising given America's history of welcoming refugees.
Fox News Latino featured an op-ed by HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer on the growing numbers of Central American asylum seekers heading to Panama. "Despite a long history as a country of refuge, the asylum system in Panama is under-resourced and cannot keep up with the volume of asylum claims," Nezer writes.
HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer was quoted in a June 25 article in The Forward which reported on Jewish groups efforts to change US Government refugee resettlement policy, particularly to alleviate the current bottleneck in resettlement of Syrian refugees.
In an op-ed published by MSNBC.com, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield and Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino argue that the United States and the international commuity must do more to protect refugees and alleviate the global refugee crisis.
In an op-ed published December 28, 2014 in The San Antonio Express-News, HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer argues the U.S. government should end the practice of housing asylum seekers, especially mothers and children, in detention centers.
A December 18, 2014 article in Washington Jewish Week (later published in its sister publication Baltimore Jewish Times) profiles the "rebranding" of HIAS and the recently announced relocation of staff to Silver Spring, Maryland.