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  • Hetfield and Massimino: How to Solve the World’s Refugee Crisis

    May 27, 2015

    In an op-ed published by, 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.
  • Asylum Seekers Deserve Better

    Dec 29, 2014

    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.

  • Washington Jewish Week Profiles HIAS

    Dec 18, 2014

    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.

  • HIAS Among Jewish Groups Supporting Obama Immigration Action

    Nov 24, 2014

    Melanie Nezer, HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, was quoted in a November 24 Jewish Telegraph Agency article about reaction by Jewish organizations to President Obama's recent  immigration reform announcement.


  • HIAS Scores Netanyahu for Seeking Refugees’ Detention

    Oct 10, 2014

    JTA reported HIAS statement by President and CEO Mark Hetfield expressing disappointment that Netanyahu was circumventing the Israeli Supreme Court soon after describing Israel as the only country in the Middle East that protects human rights.
  • Will Netanyahu ever see asylum seekers as human beings with human rights?

    Oct 06, 2014

    Who really threatens Israel’s Jewish and democratic character: African asylum seekers themselves or how Israel’s government has treated them?
  • Obama Allows Some Central American Youth to Seek Refugee Status

    Oct 01, 2014

    The Obama administration will allow a limited number of young people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to apply for refugee status in the U.S. without leaving their home countries. Melanie Nezer called it “a welcome start.”

  • Interview with HIAS' Country Director in Chad, Joyce Kanja

    Sep 30, 2014

    Joyce Kanja discusses HIAS work with Darfuri refugees who fled genocide and live in refugee camps in Chad.
  • Congress members urge aid to religious minorities in Iran

    Sep 18, 2014

    The letter has the backing of HIAS, the U.S.-based refugee resettlement agency, which worked with Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) to obtain the 98 signatures.

  • White House Sparks Ire

    Sep 11, 2014

    Melanie Nezer said in a statement, "Delay means support and solutions for the children and others seeking relief from relentless violence in Central America will remain on hold. The delays have gone on long enough."