Global Leaders Pledge Increased Aid for Refugees: What You Need to Know

Sep 21, 2016

Speaking to assembled world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, President Obama called for empathy for the “innocent men and women and children, who, through no fault of their own, have had to flee everything that they know, and everything that they love.”

VIDEO: HIAS’ Mark Hetfield and Melanie Nezer Brief Foreign Press Members

Sep 15, 2016

Ahead of two momentous summits on the global refugee crisis, HIAS CEO and Pres Mark Hetfield and VP of Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer briefed foreign press at the New York Foreign Press Center of the U.S. Dept. of State.

The World Gathers to Confront the Refugee Crisis: Here’s What You Need to Know

Sep 14, 2016

World leaders will convene in New York on September 19 during the UN General Assembly to address the displacement crisis affecting millions of people around the globe. It’s the first time such a high level gathering has ever been held solely to focus on refugee and migration issues. The Jewish community will be watching closely, because today’s refugee law comes directly from our own historical experience as refugees.

Asylum Seekers Still at Risk, Report Finds

Aug 03, 2016

“More than 50,000 unaccompanied children from Central America crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in fiscal year 2014 alone. We owe it to those kids to ensure they won’t be sent back into an unsafe situation by mistake or oversight,” said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.

NGOs Issue Vision Statement Ahead of UN Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

Aug 02, 2016

A group of more than 30 NGOs who work on refugee, migration and human rights issues issued a joint statement urging that the upcoming high level meeting on refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly affirm a few basic principles.

New Bill Would Strengthen, Update Refugee Law

Jul 14, 2016

The Refugee Protection Act of 2016—introduced today by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Representative Zoe Lofgren of California—would provide critical protections, including ensuring due process for refugees and asylum seekers and allowing more refugee families to stay together. The bill would also modernize our refugee resettlement program and simplify asylum procedures, providing much needed reforms.

Senators Push Obama to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

Jun 10, 2016

Canada, our neighbor to the north, has roughly one tenth the population of the United States. Yet Canada has welcomed over 26,800 Syrians since November 2015, while the United States has admitted less than 2,000. But some in Washington want to do something about that.

Guest Post: We Have a Refugee Crisis in America, Too.

May 17, 2016

Stories of the European refugee crisis continue to flood the headlines, but mass media seems to forget we have a refugee crisis in America, too. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2014, over 120,000 unaccompanied children have arrived at the U.S. border seeking protection from violence in Central America.

Step 1: Flee Anti-Semitism. Step 2: Get Famous. Step 3: Change the World.

May 10, 2016

Before she was the face of AT&T and the founder of Can’t Do Nothing, a non-profit dedicated to getting people engaged with the Syrian refugee crisis, Milana Vayntrub was a refugee herself. She explains why she can’t do nothing, and you shouldn’t either.

Guest Post: How to Make Infographics That Change the World

Apr 18, 2016

We needed grounded, honest information to help address the misconceptions. And it needed to be easy to digest, easy to share, and packaged to reach people who didn’t even know they needed it. We needed infographics.