Hannah Graf Evans

Legislative Representative, Immigration and Domestic Policy


Hannah Evans

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah co-chairs the steering committee of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, made up of over 45 faith-based organizations.

Hannah graduated cum laude from Macalester College with a BA in Religious Studies, International Studies, and Arabic, concentrating on Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization. She is passionate about interfaith and transnational dialogue work including prior involvement with two State Department programs, the Study the United States Institute for Religious Pluralism and Democracy and the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative. She has worked at FCNL since 2014, with previous work with FCNL's Native American and campaign finance reform programs.

Hannah grew up in Jerusalem, Baltimore, Jakarta, and outside of Philadelphia.

hannah@fcnl.org

Articles by Hannah Graf Evans

Statement Spending Bill Continues to Leave Dreamers Behind 

Rejects Worst Proposals for Extreme Enforcement

Congress passed a $1.3 trillion package to fund the government through the rest of this fiscal year. Included in this package is money for the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that carries out detention, deportation, and border enforcement. While the spending bill included many harmful provisions, FCNL and advocates nationwide helped stop some of the most dangerous proposals.

Update Dreamer Protection: State of Play and How You Can Engage 

There has been a flurry of activity over the past few weeks as members of Congress are faced with a narrowing window of time to address the fate of undocumented youth. A critical juncture is today, January 19, when two-thirds of Congress must sign off on a bill to keep the government funded through midnight.

Action Alert Congress Must Protect Dreamers Now 

Since the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September, Capitol Hill has seen a flurry of activity.

Statement With 200,000 Salvadorans Facing Possible Deportation, FCNL Urges Congress to Act 

The administration announced on January 8 that approximately 200,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador will lose their work permits and protected status in September 2019. This decision follows the recent TPS terminations for Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti. FCNL urges Congress start working immediately to ensure stability for all current TPS recipients and their families.

Update Dreamer Protection Before the End of the Year 

Congress has yet to act to protect immigrants who grew up in the United States as children and have no existing opportunity to pursue legal status. Often referred to as Dreamers, we know them as are our friends, coworkers, classmates, and family who have worked tirelessly to be afforded a chance to fully thrive in our shared nation.

Action Alert For Many Immigrants, a Bittersweet Thanksgiving 

Hundreds of thousands of Dreamers—young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children—face losing the protections that allow them to live, learn, and work here without fear of deportation.

Statement FCNL Denounces Cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians 

Calls on Congress to Take up Legislation for TPS Holders

On November 20, the Trump administration cancelled Temporary Protected Status for approximately 50,000 Haitians, effective July 22, 2019. FCNL denounces this decision, particularly given the ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, and a major cholera epidemic.

Statement Congress Must Weigh in to Protect Vulnerable Immigrants from Deportation Threat 

FCNL opposes the administration’s decision to cancel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans and non-decision resulting in an inadequate automatic 6-month extension for Hondurans. We urge Congress to ensure that the administration is upholding the integrity of the TPS program so that individuals are not returned to harm and to pursue long overdue stability for our immigrant neighbors.

Background Dreamer Protection Legislation Comparison 

A comparison of four different Dreamer protection bills – the BRIDGE Act, SUCCEED Act, RAC Act, and Dream Act. FCNL considers the provisions outlined in the Dream Act to be the best option available for Dreamers.

Update #Faith4Dream Week of Action 

October 29-November 4

Advocating for the Dream Act (S. 1615 / H.R. 3440) is putting the faithful call to love our neighbors into action. The #Faith4Dream Praying With Dreamers Week is an interfaith effort to ensure Congress hears from people of faith this week and every week until Congress passes legislation with a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.