US Advocacy

Update: More Than 1500 Jewish Clergy Sign Petition to Protect Asylum

Jul 23, 2019

More than 1400 Jewish clergy members signed a petition calling on elected officials to protect the legal right to seek asylum in the U.S., and on July 18, a delegation of rabbis, attorneys, and advocates went to Capitol Hill to deliver it to key members of Congress.
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WATCH: Asylum, An Essential Lifeline

Jun 25, 2019

Asylum is in the news a lot these days. Borders closed, children forcibly separated from parents, people detained in cages. Yet, many of us still don’t know what asylum really means and how it works. Watch our new video to learn more.

Small and Mighty: Utah Assembly Shows Strength and Welcome

May 30, 2019

The recent Jews for Refugees Assembly in Salt Lake City helped people to learn more about refugee issues in their local area and to raise their voice together as part of the broader American Jewish movement for refugees.

HIAS on the Hill: Advocacy Days in D.C.

Feb 14, 2019

More than 50 people from around the country came to Washington, D.C., this week to advocate for refugees in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

LISTEN: Mark Hetfield Discusses Refugee Cap on All Things Considered

Sep 18, 2018

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield about the Trump administration's newly proposed 30,000 cap on U.S. refugee admissions for the 2019 fiscal year.

270 Elected Leaders Call on President to Admit 75,000 Refugees in 2019

Aug 09, 2018

With the end of the federal fiscal year just around the corner, President Trump is expected to soon announce the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States in 2019. This number, known as the Presidential Determination, is decided annually by the President in consultation with Congress, and historically signals to the world the nation’s commitment to help refugees fleeing violence and persecution.

What You Can Do Right Now to Protect Asylum Seekers

Jul 05, 2018

This is the moment to stand up and speak out.

For World Refugee Day, HIAS and Partners Spread Welcome

Jun 22, 2018

“Our shared immigrant and refugee experiences, and teachings to ‘welcoming the stranger,’ has helped to build this large and engaged constituency."

New Record Number of Refugees Brings Urgent Need for Solutions

Jun 19, 2018

Two-thirds of all refugees come from five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia.

In North Carolina, Local Advocacy Trainings Boost Action for Refugees

May 04, 2018

Participants came together to deepen their skills and to identify areas for cooperation in advocating for refugees on the local, state and federal levels.

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