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Lawsuit Settlement Will Help Reunite Refugee Families

Feb 11, 2020

This week the U.S. government entered into a major settlement with plaintiffs in Jewish Family Service v. Trump, which challenged in 2017 the third version of an executive order attempting to ban certain refugees from entering the United States.

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.

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.

Tracking The Refugee Ban

Jul 18, 2017

The whirlwind of refugee-related executive orders, legal actions and court rulings up to this point can seem like a blur. So, how did we get here? Click to see a timeline recapping the lifespan of the refugee ban from the day it was signed through the Trump administration’s most recent appeal to the Supreme Court.

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.”

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.

Government to Appeal HIAS Challenge to Trump’s Muslim Ban

Mar 17, 2017

“As the world’s oldest refugee resettlement agency, HIAS is prepared to remain true to American and Jewish values by pursuing this legal challenge as long as necessary to protect the American tradition of welcoming the vulnerable and persecuted,” Hetfield said.

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