NEW YORK (Aug. 22)
An agreement between the National Refugee Service and the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) defining the division of responsibility between the two agencies with respect to certain of their services was announced today by William Rosenwald, N.R.S. president.
Under the terms of this agreement, the N.R.S. will continue to assume responsibility for carrying out a broad program of resettlement and social and economic adjustment of refugees throughout the United States. In order to avoid duplication of effort in the field of migration services, HIAS will take responsibility, except in special circumstances, in appealing the cases of immigrants excluded at ports of entry.
The N.R.S., Rosenwald explained, will continue as in the past to refer requests for dock services to HIAS and the National Council of Jewish Women. Individuals requesting advice on affidavits and related documents will be referred by the National Refugee Service to HIAS, the National Council of Jewish Women, and other agencies.
“There is no overlapping of services,” Mr. Rosenwald said, “with respect to the major aims of the National Refugee Service, which offers temporary financial assistance to refugee families, provides vocational retraining and placement services, makes available English and other adjustment classes, and, through the cooperation of committees in 750 cities throughout the United States gears its entire program to planned resettlement of refugees outside the crowded ports of entry, where the economic and social adjustment is simpler and more effective. In addition, the National Refugee Service is organized to provide specialized services to such categories of refugees as physicians, musicians rabbis farmers scholars and businessmen.”