Advocacy

Historic First for Asylees in California

Jul 20, 2021

California is set to be the first state in the nation to introduce case management services for asylees.

May Our Lamentations Open Our Hearts to Welcome

Jul 14, 2021

This Tisha B’Av, as the Jewish community commemorates the destruction of both ancient temples in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jewish people, we mourn the losses refugees and asylum seekers have suffered.

We Still Need to Help at the U.S-Mexico Border

Jun 29, 2021

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield visited the HIAS teams in Monterrey, Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, and Mexicali who are helping hundreds of asylum seekers.

How HIAS Came to Work With LGBTQ Refugees

Jun 01, 2021

While LGBTQ outreach is not a core part of HIAS’ work, it is vitally important and has had a profound impact on many hundreds of LGBTQ refugees' lives.

HIAS in NYT: President Biden, Thousands of Refugees Are Waiting On You

May 19, 2021

In a guest essay for the New York Times, HIAS officials Melanie Nezer and León Rodríguez explain why fixing refugee resettlement requires far more effort from both the Biden administration and Congress.

Waiting 6 Years for a Hug

May 14, 2021

Claris has been waiting for six years to hug her children. Thanks to HIAS, she just got her chance.

Listen: Podcast Recounts Asylum Seekers' Border Nightmare

May 11, 2021

In the latest episode of Crossing Borders, we hear from asylum seekers trapped at the U.S.-Mexico border and the HIAS workers trying to get them to safety.

70 Years of Workers’ Rights for Refugees

Apr 30, 2021

On this International Labor Day we look back on 70 years of work since the 1951 Refugee Convention effectively allowed refugees and asylum seekers access to work and the rights that go with it.

What a Dramatic Day in Resettlement Means for Refugees

Apr 20, 2021

A disappointing announcement on refugee resettlement by President Biden sparked a major public backlash and quick reversal. Here's what happened.

Statement Submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security

Mar 19, 2021

Statement submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Hearing on
“The Way Forward on Homeland Security”

HIAS is the international Jewish humanitarian organization that provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers in...

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