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  • Leon Rodriguez Joins Lana Alman, Gary Hirschberg, Ilan Rosenberg and Ari Rudolph as Newest Members of HIAS Board of Directors

    Leon Rodriguez joins Lana Alman, Gary Hirschberg, Ilan Rosenberg and Ari Rudolph as newest members of HIAS' Board of Directors, as Dale Schwartz, Benita Fair Langsdorf and Neil Moss rotate off.

  • TPS Extension for Haitians Offers Short-Term Relief

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced a six-month extension of temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitians, but did not guarantee it will continue TPS for Haitians after January 22, 2018.

  • Texas Bill Creates More Fear and Uncertainty for Refugees and Immigrants

    "This bill will not make anyone safer," said Melanie Nezer, HIAS' Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. "Instead, it will add to an atmosphere of fear where refugees, immigrants, and U.S. citizens distrust the local law enforcement officers who are supposed to be keeping their communities safe."

  • HIAS Expresses Deep Concern Over DHS’ New ‘VOICE’ Office

    “Singling out certain people based solely on their immigration status sets a dangerous new direction for our society," said HIAS president and CEO Mark Hetfield.

  • HIAS Praises $2 Million Supplemental Funding For New York State Resettlement Agencies

    HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield issued the following statement: “We are pleased to see that the 2017-2018 New York state budget includes $2 million to support agencies that provide critical support for refugees and asylees across the state..."

  • HIAS Responds to Chemical Attacks on Syrian Civilians and U.S. Airstrikes

    “The Trump administration must welcome and protect Syrian refugees and asylum seekers who are desperately seeking safe haven from the terrible violence inflicted at the hands of their own government. HIAS will continue to advocate for the safety and dignity of refugees, and we hope yesterday’s action is a signal that the Trump administration will change course when it comes to assisting this vulnerable population.”

  • HIAS Applauds Latest Court Ruling Blocking Trump's Refugee Ban

    WASHINGTON—A federal judge in Hawaii has once again ruled on the Trump Administration’s revised executive order, impacting the immediate future of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The ruling allows the refugee resettlement program to continue reuniting families and offering shelter to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

  • #JewsForRefugees Assembly to Unite Hundreds of Advocates in D.C.

    On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, hundreds of advocates will gather at Adas Israel Congregation to demonstrate the overwhelming support for welcoming refugees in the Greater Washington D.C. Jewish community.

  • Government to Appeal HIAS Challenge to Trump’s Muslim Ban

    “As the world’s oldest refugee resettlement agency, HIAS is prepared to remain true to American and Jewish values by pursuing this legal challenge as long as necessary to protect the American tradition of welcoming the vulnerable and persecuted,” Hetfield said.

  • HIAS Statement in Response to Federal Court Ruling in Maryland

    “We asked the court to intervene in order to protect thousands of refugees’ lives. While we are encouraged by Judge Chuang’s recognition of the un-Constitutional and cruel nature of Trump’s Muslim ban, we will continue to press the court to go as far as Hawaii and block the refugee provisions of the order, which are the other half of the Muslim ban," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.