• HIAS Statement on Proposed Immigration Reform Bills

    Mar 03, 2015

    On Tuesday March 3, the House Judiciary Committee will begin consideration of four proposed immigration reform bills. Included in the markup are H.R. 1148, The Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, H.R. 1153 the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015, and H.R.

  • HIAS Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Immigration Enforcement Legislation

    Feb 11, 2015

    The SAFE Act, currently being considered by Congress, would make seeking asylum in the U.S. more difficult by expanding terrorism definitions and detention policies. Two other pieces of proposed legislation would undermine laws designed to identify and prevent human trafficking. On February 11, HIAS submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Committee, expressing opposition to these harmful legislative proposals.


  • Asylum Seekers Deserve Better

    Dec 29, 2014

    Melanie Nezer - Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

    The San Antonio Express-News

    In an op-ed published December 28, 2014 in The San Antonio Express-News, HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer argues the U.S. government should end the practice of housing asylum seekers, especially mothers and children, in detention centers.

  • Alphabet Soup

    Dec 18, 2014

    Washington Jewish Week

    A December 18, 2014 article in Washington Jewish Week (later published in its sister publication Baltimore Jewish Times) profiles the "rebranding" of HIAS and the recently announced relocation of staff to Silver Spring, Maryland.


  • A Reflection on Hanukkah

    Dec 08, 2014


    Hanukkah is the celebration of miracles and light, but it is also a reminder of what it is to live life with different beliefs and practices than those around us. As we celebrate the festival of lights, we think of those who today are oppressed because of what they believe.

  • HIAS 2014 Year-End Report

    Dec 08, 2014


    We review our accomplishments protecting and assisting refugees in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States throughout 2014. Our support of refugees and host communities ensures successful integration and the ability for the people we’re helping to recover from their trauma and lead happy, productive lives.

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