Asylum

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.

Up Close and Personal at the U.S.-Mexico Border

May 05, 2020

A volunteer who went on a HIAS delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border just before the pandemic recalls his work and the emotional impact of the trip.

New COVID-19 Resource Page for U.S. Clients

May 01, 2020

As the global pandemic continues, questions abound for asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees across the country.
Sivan Carmel

How Asylum Seekers In Israel Are Coping With COVID-19

Apr 30, 2020

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, asylum seekers in Israel were leading precarious lives. Now, with the country on lockdown and jobs drying up, HIAS Israel County Director Sivan Carmel says it is harder than ever for asylum seekers to stay afloat.

Sivan Carmel Discusses COVID-19

Sivan Carmel, HIAS' country director in Israel, explains how COVID-19 is affecting her work and the lives of asylum seekers.

Asylum Seekers Fear Staying in Mexico More Than Coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020

As countries around the world close borders and implement restrictions in response to coronavirus, asylum seekers are waiting even longer to access courts and other protections guaranteed by law.

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