Throughout our more than 135 years serving refugees, HIAS has routinely represented asylum seekers and immigrants in court and weighed in on pressing legal issues. Read more to learn about our legal work.


HIAS Urges Trump Administration to Preserve Due Process in Immigration Courts

Apr 12, 2018

"The stripping away of protections for immigrants and asylum seekers unfolding in the U.S. immigration system threatens our most fundamental American values of freedom and due process."

HIAS Statement on Fourth Circuit Ruling on Muslim Ban

Feb 15, 2018

“The court’s decision today is yet another affirmation that discrimination on the basis of faith has no place in America."

JFS v. Trump Team Responds to Judge Robart Ruling

Dec 23, 2017

U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a ruling largely blocking implementation of the Trump administration’s most recent refugee restrictions.

Fighting the Ban: JFS v. Trump Has its Day in Court

Dec 21, 2017

U.S. District Judge James Robart, who was one of the first judges to rule against the first executive order from January, said he would decide before Christmas whether to block the current ban on refugees.

As Travel Ban Goes Into Effect, Federal Courts Hear Appeals

Dec 08, 2017

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits heard oral arguments in two challenges to the Trump Administration's latest travel ban this week.

HIAS Responds to Supreme Court Order Resuming Travel Ban

Dec 04, 2017

We will always speak out in opposition to policies that ban people on the basis of their faith, country of birth or nationality.

JFS & HIAS Leaders Discuss New Lawsuit Against Refugee Ban 3.0

Nov 15, 2017

"The president is making every effort to implement a campaign promise that's un-American and unconstitutional."

HIAS, JFS Partners Join Class Action Challenge to Trump Administration's Latest Refugee Ban

Nov 13, 2017

"We've seen this before, and we won't stand for it. This is why HIAS has joined the legal team representing Jewish community partners in our ongoing struggle to welcome refugees and show America's strength as a country."

HIAS & JFS Partners File Suit to Stop Trump Administration’s Refugee Restrictions

Nov 13, 2017

“Remembering our past, we know this is the time we must unequivocally stand with vulnerable refugees,” said Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CEO of JFS Seattle.

HIAS Returns to Court to Challenge Muslim Ban 3.0

Oct 16, 2017

ACLU attorney Omar Jadwat argued that the new proclamation is the “same core policy” as the March 6 executive order barring travelers from Muslim-majority countries.