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

Statement Immigration Raids and Increased Enforcement Endanger Communities 

On February 21, the Department of Homeland Security released memorandums instructing the agency to implement the two executive orders that scale up immigration and border enforcement, endangering U.S. communities.

Update President Trump’s Immigration Orders: 3 Things Congress Can Do 

The Executive branch can carry out much of what President Trump laid out in his January 25 Executive Orders, but there are also ways that Congress can weigh in.

Action Alert Executive Orders on Immigration Fail to Offer Solutions 

FCNL is deeply disheartened by the executive orders signed today by President Trump. The directions promise to adversely affect U.S. communities and offer no concrete solutions for reforming our immigration system.

Update BRIDGE Act Crucial Step for Protecting Dreamers 

This bi-partisan legislation protects certain immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Press Release FCNL Applauds Homeland Security Advisory Council Vote Urging a Reduction of Privatized Detention 

A strong majority of Homeland Security Advisory Council members voted to phase out private prisons, in a surprising dissent from the group’s draft recommendation to continue DHS use of private prisons.

Press Release FCNL Calls for Immigrant Detention Policy Changes 

FCNL joined 230 organizations in rebuking the record level rates of immigrant detention and demanding the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson implement direly needed policy changes.

FCNL in the News Focus on Campus: Comprehensive Immigration Reform 

Hannah Evans and El Paso Advocacy Corps organizer Brenda Luna Bravo speak with KTEP public radio on the importance of constituent engagement for compassionate, bipartisan immigration reform.

Update Border Communities: Bi-National, Beloved, Broken 

Photos and stories from a trip to El Paso, meeting with people committed to immigration reform that protects and supports border communities.

Update Living Our Values to Protect Central American Refugees 

How can our work be informed by the biblical call to love thy neighbor as ourselves? The U.S. should be prioritizing protection over detention, deportation, and deterrence strategies for Central Americans seeking refuge.

Statement FCNL Applauds Justice Department Phasing Out Private Prisons 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauds the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement that it will phase out contracts with private prison corporations.