Refugee Agencies Prepared for Afghan Resettlement

Sep 20, 2021

Resettlement organizations across the United States, including many HIAS affiliates, are prepared, and continuing to prepare for the resettlement of Afghan refugees. Volunteers have offered unprecedented amounts of time, money and furniture.

Afghan Humanitarian Parolees Are Refugees, Hetfield Writes to Washington Post

Sep 20, 2021

In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, Mark Hetfield argued that Afghan humanitarian parolees should have access to the same rights and benefits as refugees.

Afghans Need to be Classified as Refugees, Hetfield tells MSNBC

Sep 06, 2021

Mark Hetfield told MSNBC that the U.S. needs to reclassify Afghans who are coming into the U.S.

New York Times’ Afghan Workers Assisted by HIAS in Mexico

Sep 02, 2021

HIAS received an urgent request from officials at The New York Times and mobilized to help their Afghan workers who were being evacuated to Mexico City.
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"There is No Process" for Arriving Afghans, Hetfield tells CNN

Aug 30, 2021

There is no clear way to process arriving Afghans, Mark Hetfield told CNN.
Preparing for arriving Afghan refugees in Charlotte, NC.

Schlepping to Help Arriving Refugees Feels Good in Charlotte

Aug 30, 2021

Betsy Jenkins was watching her foster sons playing with each other in the yard when she saw the email, “Extra help needed for new refugee apartment move-in, can you help?”

Special Edition Podcast: The Fall of Afghanistan

Aug 27, 2021

For a special episode of our Crossing Borders podcast, an Afghan HIAS staffer and volunteer talk about fielding phone calls from family, friends and others in Afghanistan, desperate for help.

Mark Hetfield: "Our Work Is Far From Done"

Aug 27, 2021

This has been a tough week for all of us at HIAS, but it has been so much worse for the people of Afghanistan, writes HIAS President and CEO in The Forward.

Hetfield: To Save Afghans, U.S. Needs to "Show Some Leadership"

Aug 26, 2021

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield appeared today on Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd to discuss the “bureaucratic calamity” that is preventing people from leaving Afghanistan for safety elsewhere.

Airbnb Pledges to House 20,000 Afghan Refugees

Aug 25, 2021

As resettlement agencies around the world prepare to welcome tens of thousands of Afghans evacuated from Kabul, finding housing for the new arrivals is a significant challenge. Airbnb stepped up.