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 Responds to Supreme Court Announcement on Refugee and Muslim Ban

Jun 26, 2017

“HIAS welcomes the ruling as an affirmation that the President does not have unfettered unchecked authority to bar refugees from the United States without evidence to justify such action."

Ninth Circuit Ruling a Win for Refugees

Jun 12, 2017

​A three-judge panel ruled unanimously to keep the refugee and Muslim ban on hold, the second defeat for the March 6 executive order at the federal court level. “Once again, the courts have affirmed that discriminating against someone on the basis of their religion or nationality runs contrary to our country’s founding values,” Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, said of the ruling.

Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Stay of Trump’s Travel Ban

Jun 12, 2017

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the injunction on the parts of the March 6 executive order that would suspend entry of nationals from the six designated countries, suspend refugee admissions for 120 days, and cap the number of refugees to be admitted this fiscal year at 50,000.

DOJ Seeks Supreme Court Review in HIAS Travel Ban Challenge

Jun 05, 2017

On Thursday, the Department of Justice formally asked the Supreme Court to intervene in our lawsuit, International Refugee Assistance Project and HIAS v. Trump. Here's what you need to know.

In 4th Circuit Ruling, Muslim Ban Suffers Yet Another Legal Blow

May 25, 2017

In a strongly worded decision, the court ruled overwhelmingly in favor of HIAS and the other plaintiffs, opting to keep the injunction issued by the lower court largely in place.

Fourth Circuit Court Rules Against Trump’s Travel Ban

May 25, 2017

“The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting. The people have spoken, as has the judicial branch,” said Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS. The courts have reaffirmed that HIAS' challenge to this unconstitutional order will likely succeed, and communities across the country continue to stand up against the Muslim ban.”

Trump’s Muslim Ban Meets Judicial Test in 9th Circuit Hearing

May 16, 2017

A three-judge panel in Seattle is considering whether to maintain the stay halting President Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban. The federal appeals court heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the ban.

After Richmond, Muslim Ban Legal Challenge Heads to Seattle

May 11, 2017

“The first executive order was signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day. We take that personally,” HIAS VP Melanie Nezer said from the courthouse steps, just moments after the judges finished hearing arguments on the case. The next major hearing to watch is the challenge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear oral arguments on May 15.

Muslim Ban Lawsuit Moves Forward on Monday

May 05, 2017

On Monday, May 8, we’ll make our case before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia against the Trump administration's travel ban order. Here's whats at stake.

NY Bar Foundation Supports HIAS with Grant

Apr 12, 2017

The New York Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association, presented HIAS with a grant of $11,500 to support legal representation of asylum seekers and refugees.