2008

HIAS

HIAS and the Jewish community celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewry movement and the rescue by HIAS of nearly 400,000 Russian speaking Jews. After years of supporting their integration and acculturation through programs like CVEI (“We Vote”) and LOREO, a confederation of Russian-Jewish grassroots organizations, HIAS launches myStory, a site that preserves the stories of those who emigrated from the Soviet Union, the FSU, and other countries to provide insight into the struggles of generations of immigrants who now call America home. 

After the defeat of comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, 2008 is marked by a major legislative victory toward which HIAS has worked since 2003: President Bush signed into law the extension of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act, granting thousands of humanitarian immigrants additional years of SSI benefits. Internationally, HIAS is awarded Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, a measure of the esteem with which HIAS is held in the world community.