HIAS, the veteran Jewish refugee aid agency, will move most of its operations and staff from New York City to Silver Spring in October 2015.
The move will bring HIAS closer to the seat of government. With Jewish immigration at a historic low, government-related work has taken a larger role in agency activities.
The move was approved unanimously by the HIAS board of directors on Sunday, said Bill Swersey, HIAS senior director of communications and digital media. The HIAS staff was informed of the decision at a meeting on Monday. A move to the Washington area has been under discussion for two years, he said.
The new office in Silver Spring, whose location has not been finalized, will house 50 employees who are involved in policy work, refugee program work and in the administration of refugee resettlement, Swersey said.
Twenty staffers in the New York office will handle Jewish community engagement, communications, development and asylum representation, he said.