How Can You Live When You Can’t Breathe?

How Can You Live When You Can’t Breathe?

It is only by working together over the long arc of time that we will help each other breathe deeply the pure air of justice.

HIAS Refugee Shabbat 5780-2020

HIAS Refugee Shabbat 5780-2020

HIAS Refugee Shabbat 5780, which will take place on March 20-21, 2020, is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to dedicate a Shabbat experience to refugees and asylum seekers. This special Shabbat has even gone international with communities in Canada, Europe, and around the world taking part. In observance of this…

A Successful Legislative Session for JFS Priorities

A Successful Legislative Session for JFS Priorities

The 2019 Washington State Legislative Session ended in April. We are happy to report that all of our top legislative priorities passed, giving families and individuals some additional help in achieving well-being, health and stability. Protecting Tenants from Eviction – Senate Bill 5600 Eviction is the leading cause of homelessness in King County. Senate Bill…

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Refugee Ban Lawsuit to Continue

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Refugee Ban Lawsuit to Continue

On March 29, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by the government to dismiss the appeal and vacate the injunction in JFS v. Trump, which challenges the Trump administration’s October 24 ban on refugees that suspended the admission of refugees from 11 countries and stopped the follow-to-join process for family members of…

Washington State Affordable Housing Legislation

Washington State Affordable Housing Legislation

Update: Thank you to everyone who participated in successful advocacy for homelessness prevention and the bills described below. Gov. Jay Inslee has since signed all three of the bills into law. Washington state affordable housing legislation was the focus for JFS Lobby Day in Olympia on January 31. Seventeen staff, Board Members and volunteers had 19…

Refugee Restrictions Largely Blocked by Judge’s Ruling

Refugee Restrictions Largely Blocked by Judge’s Ruling

We are gratified by U.S. District Judge James Robart’s ruling in the Jewish Family Service v. Trump and ACLU of Washington v. Trump cases, issued on December 23. Judge Robart’s order largely blocked implementation of the Trump administration’s most recent refugee restrictions, which suspended the admission of refugees from 11 countries, nine of which are…

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