Mark Hetfield, HIAS

hetfieldMark Hetfield is president and CEO of HIAS, where he has led the transformation of the organization from one focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency that assists refugees of all faiths and ethnicities and is a major implementing partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State.  An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark’s 25-year career began at HIAS in Rome and has included five positions at HIAS, as well as a post with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C. and Haiti. As the senior advisor on refugee issues at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, he directed the most comprehensive study on expedited removal to date.Mark’s dedication to protect all who flee ethnic cleansing, violence, and other forms of persecution has made HIAS the pre-eminent voice of the American Jewish community on refugee and immigration issues.