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

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.

Update Investing in Loving Our Neighbors 

How do we answer to “that of God” within every sojourner in our midst?

Update Immigration Enforcement Spending at Historic High in FY19 Omnibus 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) need meaningful oversight and reduced spending authority.

FCNL remains committed to seeking reduced spending and emphasis on detention and border militarization. We urge members of Congress not to use current historic levels of enforcement spending as the starting baseline for upcoming negotiations.

Update Shutdown Watch: Senate Should Pass Remaining Bills 

Rein in ICE Overspending on Detention

Congress has until Friday to pass the remaining spending bills and avert another government shutdown. A bipartisan bicameral group of lawmakers were tasked with coming up with a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security. They are right up against the deadline for coming up with an agreement.

Update Lobbyist Update: Government Shutdown 

As we enter day 20 of a partial government shutdown Hannah Graf Evans, FCNL's Legislative Representative for Immigration and Refugee Policy offers an update.

Update Government Heads Into Partial Shutdown 

The debate over how Congress will fund immigration enforcement culminated with the president opting for a partial government shutdown rather than signing a bill with less than $5 billion for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Update Your Stories Help Humanize the Immigration Debate 

Thank you to each advocate who wrote about how the Administration’s proposed public charge rule would affect our communities - every comment, every story, was essential.

Action Alert Advocate for Welcome, Not Walls  

We live in troubling times. First, the administration separated children from their parents as they sought safety by crossing our border with Mexico. Hundreds remain separated today. Then, they responded to a humanitarian crisis by deploying troops in border communities and actively teargassing asylum seekers. Today, they are building walls through communities and detention camps on military bases to house refugee families.

Update How Congress Should Respond to the Migrant Caravan 

Hint: It’s not by locking people up or out.

People are fleeing violence, corruption, instability, and hunger in the Northern Triangle of Central America and traveling together for safety to Mexico and the United States. What can Congress do?

Update Oppose Administration Proposal to Lock Out Immigrants Based on Wealth 

A new rule could mean claiming Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), housing assistance, and more could cost individuals their path to citizenship.