Melanie Nezer, Senior Director for US Policy and Advocacy at HIAS
Kady Buchanan, Documentary director of Exile No More
Joanna Packer, Right Now Coalition member
Dara Freedman-Weiss, Hornstein fellow
There are approximately 60,000 unauthorized migrants in Israel today, who have fled violence and persecution in Sudan and Eritrea. Efforts to offer shelter and protection to these migrants have recently been met with protests and even violence.
The discussion concentrated on the controversy about the response of the Jewish state to the issue of asylum seekers and a challenge of developing a successful asylum system.
The event was sponsored by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry.
Co-sponsored by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel. The event was made possible by the generous support from the Genesis Philanthropy Group.