Topic: U.S. Border Response

HIAS works on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to provide services to asylum seekers. We are also providing extensive community education to asylum seekers, including “Know Your Rights” presentations, and remote meetings with experienced asylum attorneys.

  • HIAS has offices in Mexico in Juarez, Matamoros, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, Queretaro, Palenque, Reynosa, and Tijuana. We  are providing people with legal services and information — including legal assistance for asylum in the U.S. and Mexico, legal representation to stay in Mexico, and Know Your Rights workshops — and mental health services and gender-based violence prevention as well. We also provide legal services in Matamoros. HIAS works with partners on the U.S. side of the border for true cross-border collaboration.
  • HIAS is proud to have placed Border Fellows in non-profit legal organizations along the southern border to increase their capacity to provide legal representation to asylum seekers in and out of detention. Right now HIAS has five active fellows: one fellow is working out of our affiliate, JFS San Diego; one fellow is working with Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas; and one fellow is at South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Brownsville, Texas. Also, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Tucson and Nogales, Arizona as well as Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) in Laredo, Texas now have HIAS Fellows.
  • We are still actively recruiting volunteers to help asylum seekers remotely. Spanish-speaking and Haitian Kreyol-speaking individuals can volunteer to provide remote document translation to assist asylum seekers in preparing necessary evidence for their asylum cases. You will receive training on how to translate these documents, and must commit to completing three translations over six months. If you or anyone you know is interested, please apply here. Additionally, Spanish-speaking volunteers can join Proyecto Compañeros, a virtual accompaniment project serving asylum seekers enrolled in the MPP (“Remain in Mexico”) program. Volunteers will meet with their matches bi-weekly for up to three months and provide them with friendship, support, non-legal information, and translation assistance. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining Proyecto Compañeros as a volunteer, please complete an application. Find out more and sign up here. If you are a lawyer interested in helping, please see our Pro Bono page to learn more.
  • You can access Know Your Rights videos for people in the MPP program here in: SpanishPortugueseMam (Indigenous Guatemalan language)K’iche/Quiché (Indigenous Guatemalan language)  Here is information in Spanish about the Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) programs.
  • We continue to mobilize the Jewish community to be a strong, persistent moral voice in support of fair, humane treatment of asylum seekers and we engage in asylum advocacy in Washington.

Find out about ways to take action for refugees and asylum seekers here.

See the stories below for how HIAS has been working to help asylum seekers at the border since the crisis started.

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Oct 1, 2021

Haitian Bridge Alliance and HIAS Fight Injustice Together

Oct 1, 2021

Haitian Bridge Alliance and HIAS Fight Injustice Together HIAS is supporting Haitian Bridge Alliance’s work in providing direct services to Haitian asylum seekers.

Sep 30, 2021

Briefing Call: Afghan Arrivals, Haiti, and More

Sep 30, 2021

Briefing Call: Afghan Arrivals, Haiti, and More Catch the latest developments about newly arrived Afghans, asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, deportations to Haiti, and more.

Sep 23, 2021

Title 42: Over a Million Expulsions and No End in Sight

Sep 23, 2021

Title 42: Over a Million Expulsions and No End in Sight Title 42 has largely closed America’s borders to refugees and asylum seekers. When the pandemic hit, Trump administration invoked the 75-year-old public health law that, they claimed, gave immigration authorities the power to expel migrants without providing them their legally mandated opportunity to seek protection in the U.S.

Sep 20, 2021

Joint Letter to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas and Attorney General Garland on Title 42

Sep 20, 2021

Joint Letter to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas and Attorney General Garland on Title 42 Joint Letter to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas and Attorney General Garland on Title 42 Sep 20, 2021 SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, along with 70 other organizations, has signed a letter demanding that the Biden administration "immediately end its embrace, defense, and advancement of illegal and cruel Trump administration policies that […]

Sep 17, 2021

The Tragedy of “Remain in Mexico”

Sep 17, 2021

The Tragedy of “Remain in Mexico” For 70,000 people, the U.S. Supreme Court’s late August “Remain in Mexico” decision is a tragedy beyond their control.

Jun 29, 2021

We Still Need to Help at the U.S-Mexico Border

Jun 29, 2021

We Still Need to Help at the U.S-Mexico Border HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield visited the HIAS teams in Monterrey, Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, and Mexicali who are helping hundreds of asylum seekers.

Jun 2, 2021

HIAS Welcomes The End of ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy

Jun 2, 2021

HIAS Welcomes The End of ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy HIAS Welcomes The End of 'Remain In Mexico' Policy Jun 02, 2021 On June 1, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum officially terminating the Remain in Mexico program. Formally referred to as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, the Remain in Mexico program forced more than 71,000 asylum seekers to wait in […]

May 27, 2021

Pressure Grows On Biden To Reverse Title 42

May 27, 2021

Pressure Grows On Biden To Reverse Title 42 The use of the harsh Trump era policy is gaining wider attention — and earning more and more criticism.

May 24, 2021

One Man’s Journey Is Every Man’s Story

May 24, 2021

One Man’s Journey Is Every Man’s Story Yeinier's journey from Cuba to the United States took 22 months; with HIAS’ help, his story had a happy ending, but it came at a high price.

May 11, 2021

PODCAST: Asylum Seekers’ Border Nightmare

May 11, 2021

PODCAST: Asylum Seekers’ Border Nightmare In the latest episode of Crossing Borders, we hear from asylum seekers trapped at the U.S.-Mexico border and the HIAS workers trying to get them to safety.