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  • 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.

  • Unfinished Business: Ecuador Continues to Manage Its Refugee Population

    Aug 11, 2015

    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.
  • Massacre at Sinjar: Has the World Forgotten the Yazidi?

    Aug 06, 2015

    One year after their dramatic entrapment on a mountaintop in northern Iraq by ISIS, "the majority of the Yazidi people are living as displaced persons and refugees," Hetfield writes.
  • Op-Ed: Greece’s Other Crisis

    Jul 15, 2015

    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: Why Are Republicans So Scared of Syrian Refugees?

    Jul 14, 2015

    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.
  • Central American Asylum Seekers Are Still Fleeing Persecution – They're Heading South

    Jul 13, 2015

    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.
  • Waiting Two Years for Resettlement Isn’t Really Rescue

    Jun 25, 2015

    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.

  • World’s Refugees: Huge Problem, Meager Response

    Jun 19, 2015

    Read HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield's Letter to the Editor of The New York Times in response to the June 18 front page story 60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says.
  • Hetfield and Massimino: How to Solve the World’s Refugee Crisis

    May 27, 2015

    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.

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