Refugee Coalition Heads to Capitol Hill

Feb 18, 2016

I am on Capitol Hill right now along with not only other HIAS staff but with representatives from many of the top NGOs working on refugee issues. We're here, pounding the pavement and filling the halls of the various House and Senate office buildings, for two days of intense advocacy organized by Refugee Council USA, a coalition of 20 U.S.-based refugee protection NGOs.

Aviva’s Bake Sale

Feb 08, 2016

"Even though I am only 9 years old, unfortunately I know about not such great things happening in the world. My parents told me about the war in Syria and about how there are many refugees not just coming from there. I did some research and really wanted to help," Aviva wrote.

Statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration & Border Security

Feb 04, 2016

HIAS submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record for the House Judiciary Committee's Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee hearing on Central American migrants on February 4, 2016.

Guest Post: My Zayda, the Refugee.

Jan 28, 2016

My Zayda, Manfred, became a refugee at age six when the Nazis forced him, his family, and thousands of other Polish Jews out of Germany in the fall of 1938. For the last 77 years of his life, Zayda has made it his mission to fight against hatred and teach all of us the danger of being a bystander.

What You Need to Know About the American SAFE Act

Jan 19, 2016

In November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, otherwise known as the American SAFE Act. This week, the Senate will consider this legislation.

Omnibus Bill Extends the Lautenberg Amendment

Dec 23, 2015

Last week President Obama signed into law a massive $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government. Nestled deep in the bill was a small provision that makes a world of difference to families who are persecuted due to their religious beliefs.

In the News: #1000Rabbis Urge U.S. to Welcome Refugees

Dec 03, 2015

“More than 1,000 rabbis in the United States signed onto a letter urging elected officials in the country to ‘exercise moral leadership for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program’,” as The Washington Post reports today.

We Still Support Refugees, Groups Tell Congress

Nov 17, 2015

A group of more than 80 refugee and immigration law experts, humanitarian aid organizations, faith, labor and civil and human rights groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate on Tuesday, urging them to "demonstrate leadership by speaking out against the scapegoating of any group."

Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Refugee Resettlement

Oct 01, 2015

HIAS has welcomed refugees to the United States as new Americans for more than 130 years. As a Jewish-American organization, HIAS is acutely concerned both with the imperative to rescue refugees and to protect the security of our country. As Jews, we support policies that fulfill the Torah's mandate to 'welcome the stranger,' as we know that effective resettlement policies make the difference between life and death, between oppression and the opportunity for success.

HIAS Interns Advocate for Refugees on Capitol Hill

Aug 31, 2015

In honor of World Refugee Day, HIAS’ Washington, D.C. interns volunteered to escort refugees to meetings with senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation that protects refugees. It was an incredible experience, they report.