Refugee Resettlement


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Refugee Act Co-Author Calls For Renewed Compassion

Mar 20, 2020

Nobody knows the importance of the refugee resettlement system better than former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who co-authored the Refugee Act of 1980 and helped establish the modern American system for welcoming the displaced.

On the 40th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Mar 16, 2020

Forty years ago, in the highest expression of the American spirit, Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, landmark legislation that established the U.S. refugee resettlement program and asylum system.

Both History and Present Show Why We Should Help Refugees

Jan 27, 2020

One student tries to find new ways to get involved in the American Jewish movement for refugees and asylum seekers.

Judge Blocks Order Allowing State, Local Officials to Veto Resettlement

Jan 15, 2020

(Greenbelt, MD) – Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit HIAS v. Trump, blocking an executive order that for the first time in the history of the U.S. refugee resettlement program gave state and local officials the power to veto resettlement in their jurisdictions. The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, three faith-based resettlement agencies, HIAS, Church World Service (CWS), and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), whose work and mission have been directly impacted and harmed by the order.

HIAS Decries Decision by Gov. Abbott to Block Refugee Resettlement in Texas

Jan 10, 2020

This afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will not provide consent to allow refugee resettlement to continue in Texas. This makes Abbott the first governor to block resettlement since President Trump...

HIAS, Refugee Agencies, Argue Against Trump Executive Order

Jan 08, 2020

Oral arguments were heard in HIAS v. Trump, as the executive order allowing state and local officials to stop refugees from being resettled in their jurisdictions was challenged in court.

HIAS, Refugee Agencies Sue Pres. Trump Over Executive Order

Nov 21, 2019

HIAS, together with two other refugee resettlement agencies, are taking President Trump to court over his recent executive order giving state and local officials authority to block refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions.
Lee Bycel, Refugees in America

Human Stories: Refugees in Their Own Words

Nov 08, 2019

Lee Bycel is telling the world about refugees by telling their stories in his new book.

From Bollywood to the Beach: Group Programs Create Connections

Oct 31, 2019

HIAS has supported select affiliate agencies to implement group programming this year.

Waiting for Refugees Who Are Not Coming

Oct 16, 2019

Activists gathered at Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan National Airport this morning to “welcome” refugees who will not arrive in the U.S. during the next year because of the Trump administration’s historically low refugee admissions ceiling.