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Resettlement Agencies Across the U.S. Are Ready to Rebuild

Jan 26, 2021

As the Trump administration shrank refugee admissions to a trickle, many refugee resettlement organizations shrank as well. Now those groups must repair their ability to welcome new arrivals.

The Work Ahead: What's Next For The New Administration

Jan 20, 2021

The start of the Biden administration offers new hope for refugees and asylum seekers, but repairing the immigration system will take time and immense effort.

Mark Hetfield on MSNBC: Refugee Ban is 'Vile'

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield discussed the Trump Administration's refugee ban on MSNBC on Jan. 29, 2017.


HIAS Statement on Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

Jan 07, 2021

WASHINGTON — In response to yesterday’s insurrection at the Capitol, HIAS released the following statement:

Yesterday’s insurrection at the United States Capitol was an assault on democracy and an attempt to overturn a fair election process, incited by the actions and words of the...

HIAS National Refugee Shabbat Message

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield shares a message for National Refugee Shabbat 5780/2020.

Opinion: A Biden Appointee Who Carries the Jewish Story Itself

Dec 09, 2020

In an op-ed originally published in New York Jewish Week, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, writes about how former HIAS Board Member Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated to lead the Dept. of Homeland Security, is uniquely suited to lead the department and restore respect for human rights.

A New Holiday In a New Country: Refugees Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2020

Sofia and Julio both arrived with their families in the United States this year, and they're looking forward to their first taste of this quintessentially American holiday.

Senator Cardin Hopeful for Change on Immigration, Refugee Resettlement

Nov 13, 2020

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) told an audience of more than 350 on a HIAS-hosted post-election briefing call that he is confident the incoming Biden administration will set a new course, and restore refugee resettlement and repair America’s broken asylum system.

HIAS Congratulates President-Elect Biden

A message from HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield on the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Once Refugees, Now Veterans

Nov 09, 2020

This Veterans Day, HIAS is highlighting the service of refugees in the U.S. armed forces.