Refugee Resettlement


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HIAS Outraged by Executive Order Suspending Refugee Resettlement Program

Jan 27, 2017

“With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump has abdicated American values and American leadership on welcoming refugees,” said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees.

Trump’s Planned Action on Refugees is a Betrayal of American Values

Jan 26, 2017

WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering issuing an executive order barring the resettlement of refugees from several Muslim-majority countries, calling for “extreme vetting” and reducing the number of refugee admissions in the United States from 110,000 to 50,000, according to leaked documents...

WATCH: Council on Foreign Relations Panel Discussion with HIAS' Mark Hetfield

Dec 14, 2016

Experts, including HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.

Boscoe Finds Safety and Self-Expression in Seattle

Dec 13, 2016

With the same level of determination he applied to his journey to the U.S., Boscoe refuses to let his circumstances determine his future—giving up is simply not an option. “I am so appreciative of the help I received from everyone here, but it is up to me to make sure I move forward,” Boscoe said.

AmeriCorps Volunteers Turn Their Attention Toward Refugees

Dec 05, 2016

Saba Al Tameemi came to Washington state with her husband and two children in October 2015. Just two months later, the 35-year-old Iraqi with a master’s degree in English and American Literature from the University of Baghdad began helping other newly arrived refugees achieve self-sufficiency.

After War, and Waiting, Syrian Refugees Find Welcome in Buffalo

Dec 01, 2016

The middle-aged man sat quietly in a nondescript refugee center conference room. On the table before him lay a hand-drawn illustration, a colorful, heartfelt expression of thanks to those who had helped his family reach safety after years of tragedy and trauma.

Mark Hetfield Named to Forward 50

Nov 14, 2016

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield was named to the Forward newspaper's annual list of “Jews who have impacted American life” for 2016. This year’s Forward 50 recognizes Hetfield for being at the forefront of the Syrian refugee relief efforts.

How We Move Forward Together For Refugees

Nov 11, 2016

It's going to take all of us, working harder than ever, to make sure that refugees still feel welcome in this country. It is up to us to ensure that the U.S. remains a place where families fleeing war and persecution can find safety and dignity.

Voting for the First Time, Former Refugees Embrace Democracy

Nov 04, 2016

“We became refugees in the first place because there was no democratic process, no freedom. So how can you stay in your house and say your vote doesn’t count?”

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Donation Supports HIAS’ Refugee Work

Nov 01, 2016

Bishop Dean M. Davies stopped by HIAS’ Washington, D.C. offices on Monday, October 31 to deliver a $200,000 pledge, as well as some words of support. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the generous donation to HIAS’ ongoing work in support of refugees, one of many such donations it has made in response to the global refugee crisis.