Hannah Graf Evans

Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy


Hannah Evans

Hannah Graf Evans leads 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 and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member 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 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

Action Alert Right Now Congress is Deciding Where They Stand 

Tell Them No to Expanded Walls and Immigrant Detention

Congress made it very clear: building a border wall is not a national emergency. Yet, the Trump administration continues to transfer money from schools, disaster relief, and childcare centers to keep expanding immigrant detention and the border wall.

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 Rejecting Cruel Immigration Policies 

There is a humanitarian crisis at our Southern border - one of separated families and detained asylum seekers. It is a crisis of walls and migrant deaths. The U.S. government has responded by pouring billions into an enforcement system that is worsening the crisis.

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.

Action Alert Victory for Dreamers! Here's What Comes Next  

Great news! This week, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). This is a critical step towards a permanent solution for millions of Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients who have been stuck in limbo for years. Your advocacy made this win possible and now it is time for the next step.

Statement FCNL Urges Judiciary Members to Pass Inclusive Legislation for Dreamers, TPS Recipients 

The House Judiciary Committee is marking up legislation outlining a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED holders, all of whom are at risk of deportation pending cancellation of their protections.