Hannah Graf Evans

Former Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy


Hannah Evans

Hannah Graf Evans led FCNL's lobbying for compassionate immigration and refugee policies, with a particular focus on detention practices, the rights of border communities, and protection of vulnerable communities. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years.

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 supporting FCNL's Native American and campaign finance reform programs.

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

Articles by Hannah Graf Evans

Legislative Ask Rein in Spending to Stop Immigrant Deaths and Abuse 

In just three years, the annual budget for immigration detention has grown by more than half. Border communities have had land stolen for border wall construction, and their neighborhoods have been further militarized. The administration has used an inflated enforcement budget to separate families, jail children, and illegally deny entry to asylum seekers.

Action Alert Tell Congress: No Muslim, Asylum, or Refugee Bans  

Three years ago this week, President Trump signed an executive order banning travel to the U.S. for nationals from certain Muslim-majority countries and dismantling the refugee resettlement program. He recently stated that he intends to expand this travel ban. The announcement could come as soon as this week.

Action Alert Stop Overspending on Immigrant Detention and Border Militarization 

The administration is funnelling money into abusive immigration practices. Congress must demand accountability.

Thanks to your advocacy, Congress yet again rejected the president’s outlandish requests to increase funding for immigrant detention and border wall construction. However, the fiscal year 2020 spending bill failed to cancel the administration’s ability to transfer money and use it for projects not approved by Congress.

Update More Money for Detention and Border Wall Means More Abuse 

Despite obscene power grabs by the administration and increased human rights abuses, Congress voted to re-allocate historic highs for immigration enforcement.

Since President Trump signed the first harmful executive orders on immigration in January 2017, the FCNL network has urged Congress to stand in the way of these proposals by refusing to fund them. Together, we have built out bipartisan and multi-caucus support for Congress in support of this goal.

Legislative Ask No More Dangerous Walls or Detention Beds 

The administration is responding to a refugee crisis by creating a humanitarian one – separating families, jailing children, and deporting asylum seekers to their deaths. Congress has poured billions more into the machinery behind detention, deportation, and border militarization – yet the administration is overspending even with these inflated levels.

Statement FCNL Statement on the Muslim Ban Oversight Hearing 

FCNL submitted the following statement to the Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship and Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations ahead of their joint hearing on President Trump's Muslim ban. This is the first congressional oversight hearing on this ban since the first one was issued in January 2017.

Statement FCNL Opposes the Secure and Protect Act, Rejects Restrictions on Asylum and Expanded Detention of Families 

On August 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted the Secure and Protect Act of 2019 (S. 1494) out of committee. The bill, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), would expand family immigrant family detention, erode the U.S. asylum system, and make it harder for families to seek protection. In a statement, FCNL urged members of Congress to oppose this legislation and work instead to protect vulnerable migrants and uphold U.S. asylum law.

Action Alert Congress Must Reject Cruel Immigration Policies 

Plan a drop-by visit.

Time and time again, the administration has demanded more money for harmful immigration enforcement policies and Congress has funded them. The supplemental spending bill (H.R. 3401) Congress just passed was more of the same. It provides money with no guarantee that it will be spent to protect children, not further militarize our border.

Event Listen to the Recording: Immigration Update: What’s Happened and What’s Next?  

On June 18, 2019, FCNL’s Immigration and Refugee Policy team, Hannah Evans and Gabriela Viera, offered a special briefing. Listen to the recording to hear about how our immigration priorities have played out in D.C. and how you can take action on the next steps to advancing political change.

Update House Advances Enforcement Spending Bill Limiting Detention, Increasing Oversight 

FCNL advocates have worked tirelessly with congressional leaders to stop the expansion of detention and cruel immigration enforcement – many of our priorities are reflected in the House spending bill advanced this week. There is more work ahead.