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HIAS Wins Asylum for Honduran Mother of Three

Feb 22, 2018

Denia Sayda Contreras was granted asylum on January 24, 2018. For her Honduran-born children, she hopes that frightening memories of the home they fled will continue to fade each day.

Yaasir's Fight for Asylum Comes to an End​

Jan 04, 2018

"I lived through civil war, civil unrest, and clan disputes," Yaasir wrote. "I do not want this future for my children."

HIAS Decries Trump Administration’s Immigration Principles

Oct 09, 2017

SILVER SPRING, Md.—On Sunday, October 8, the Trump administration distributed a...

HIAS Responds to Israel’s Supreme Court Ruling on African Asylum Seekers

Aug 28, 2017

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield called the ruling a partial victory for asylum seekers and their advocates in Israel.

HIAS Responds to Trump Administration Limiting Central American Minors Program

Aug 15, 2017

HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, is saddened by the Trump administration’s decision to end parole processing for individuals in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who apply to enter the U.S. through the Central American Minors (CAM) program.

Safe at Last: Yureli and Her Daughters Win Asylum

Jul 06, 2017

Yureli and her daughters won asylum on March 13, 2017, with pro-bono legal assistance from HIAS. “I felt free. I had happiness in my heart, and relief,” Yureli said.

Texas Bill Creates More Fear and Uncertainty for Refugees and Immigrants

May 05, 2017

"This bill will not make anyone safer," said Melanie Nezer, HIAS' Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. "Instead, it will add to an atmosphere of fear where refugees, immigrants, and U.S. citizens distrust the local law enforcement officers who are supposed to be keeping their communities safe."

Between Fire and a Cliff: Emmanuel Wins Asylum in America

Apr 26, 2017

For Emmanuel, escaping Cameroon was only the first step toward freedom—seeking the protection as an asylum seeker in the United States presents its own set of challenges. “Arriving here, it is like arriving between fire and a cliff: the threat in our home country, and the difficult asylum process in the U.S.”

Attorney Alan Lipsitz: Why I Volunteer with HIAS

Apr 06, 2017

Since joining the HIAS pro-bono legal program last fall, volunteer attorney Alan Lipsitz has been putting his skills to work for asylum seekers in both Washington, D.C. and New York. HIAS attorneys introduced Lipsitz to the intricacies of asylum law, matched him with clients in need of legal assistance and provided guidance and oversight throughout the case.

HIAS Volunteer Wins Asylum for Belarusian Dissident in North Carolina

Jan 23, 2017

“Asylum is an amazing thing,” Marty Rosenbluth said. His smile was audible, even over the phone, as he described his most recent win. “When you’re in the courtroom, and that client gets good news...that's the best feeling in the world. Money can’t buy that.”