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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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."