Family Separation

Family Separation, Three Years On

Jan 29, 2021

Jacob Soboroff, NBC News and MSNBC correspondent and bestselling author, and Sue Kenney-Pfalzer, HIAS’ director for the Border and Asylum Network, discussed the current state of the family separation crisis, the impact it has had, and how organizations like HIAS are using our national legal and asylum networks to fight back.

HIAS Report Maps Process for Ending MPP, the “Humanitarian Disaster”

Jan 27, 2021

A new HIAS report, “Roadmap to Recovery: A Path Forward after the Remain in Mexico Program” offers comprehensive recommendations on how to end and dismantle MPP. The executive summary of the report was recently shared with the Biden transition team.
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An Asylum Victory Four Years In The Making

Oct 19, 2020

For one Salvadoran family, Aug. 13, 2020, marked the end of a four-year-long escape from deadly violence at home to safety in the United States. That’s when an immigration judge in Baltimore granted asylum to Juana*, which will allow her and her family to remain permanently in the United States.

“She was crying and she was thankful and they were happy,” remembered Andres Meraz, the HIAS attorney who represented Juana. “They knew what it meant.”

Hundreds of Thousands Protest “Zero-Tolerance” Policy

Jul 02, 2018

On Saturday, June 30th, hundreds of thousands of activists in more than seven hundred cities protested the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration.

HIAS Reunites Salvadoran Asylee with Her 3-Year-Old Son

May 01, 2018

For hundreds of thousands of individuals like Elizabeth, the opportunity to assert the right to protection in our legal system is incredibly real—and worth defending.

Salvadoran Sisters Reunited with Parents in Charlotte

Feb 02, 2016

The biggest difference between North Carolina and El Salvador? “It’s safer here. You can walk around at night,” Vanessa says. The 19-year-old has been in the U.S. for only a few months, but the words fly out almost immediately. “It was such a drastic change… I felt safe right away here.”

HIAS Praises State Dept For Expanding Eligibility for Refugee Reunification

Oct 22, 2015

New policy will include same-sex life partners among family members eligible for family reunion under the U.S. Refugee Admissions program. HIAS CEO and President Mark Hetfield welcomed news of the reform -- a change HIAS has been urging for years.

Mother and Son Reunited After Three Years Apart

Jul 31, 2015

Although there have been many struggles, Jainaba insists that leaving Gambia was the only way for her to feel safe. Her son says that finally seeing his mother again after three years was the happiest moment of his life.