Asylum

Briefing: Proposed Changes to the U.S. Asylum System

Jul 09, 2020

Smita Dazzo, HIAS' director of legal services, and Naomi Steinberg, HIAS' vice president of policy and advocacy, explain proposed changes to the U.S. asylum system and how the public can help fight back.

Opinion: Asylum, Which Made the U.S. a Leader in Protecting Jews, Could Disappear

Jul 06, 2020

Sam Yebri, who was brought to the United States by HIAS, explains why Jews should fight on behalf of the asylum system.

HIAS Calls For Guardrailed Funding For U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Jul 01, 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, plays a crucial role in administering refugee admissions, asylum, naturalization of new Americans, and other programs that are central to our identity as a nation of immigrants and refugees. HIAS is deeply concerned about...

Debunking Myths About Refugees

Jun 19, 2020

Story by Kaz Weida originally published on June 18 by Rosetta Stone. Reproduced with permission.

Remembering the Lessons of the St. Louis

Jun 05, 2020

HIAS sees the anniversary of the St. Louis as a time to not only examine the past but see the unfortunate parallels in the present.

Continuing the Hard Legal Work in a Time of Limbo

May 26, 2020

The U.S.-Mexico border is effectively closed and the asylum system has ground to a halt, but there is still plenty of work to do on behalf of asylum seekers.

Statement on Extension of U.S. Border Closures

May 20, 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the continuation of the executive order that, under the guise of protecting the United States from the transmission of COVID...

Briefing: Helping Refugees and Asylum Seekers in California Amidst COVID-19

May 14, 2020

HIAS and its three California affiliates — JFCS-East Bay, JFS Silicon Valley, and JFS San Diego — discuss serving refugees and asylum seekers during the COVID-19 crisis.

U.S. Asylum System Grinds To a Halt During Pandemic

May 11, 2020

COVID-19 has pitched an already-backlogged asylum system into "a state of chaos."

A Global Perspective on the Modern Perils of Seeking Asylum

May 05, 2020

The international human rights system is fragile—HIAS will continue to represent, advocate, and litigate for something better and more rights-compliant.

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