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

Background Separate Policing from Immigration Enforcement 

As we focus on building more inclusive communities, we support local and federal policing reforms that seek to eliminate racial profiling and disproportionate targeting of communities of color.

Update Living in Limbo: Supreme Court Immigration Decision 

The Supreme Court’s failure to reach a conclusive decision de facto halts the implementation of common sense programs that could have provided temporary work permits and relief for families from deportation.

Press Release The Friends Committee on National Legislation Deplores the Supreme Court United States v. Texas Non-Decision, Calls for Congressional Action 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation stands in solidarity with millions of immigrant families left in excruciating limbo following the Supreme Court of the United States split 4-4 decision today.

Statement FCNL Written Statement for House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Immigration Policies 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Statement for the Record as it pertains to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee hearing, The Real Victims of a Reckless and Lawless Immigration Policy: Families and Survivors Speak Out on the Real Cost of This Administration’s Policies

Update Immigration: End the Bed Quota  

In detention centers around the country, the federal government is using your tax dollars to imprison up to 34,000 immigrant mothers, fathers, and family members on any given day. Not because they pose a threat to public safety — but because of a quota.

Background Listen to Border Communities 

Respect for human and civil rights in border enforcement policies is essential to safeguarding the integrity of our society, yet current enforcement practices are devastating our border communities, contributing to the deaths of thousands of migrants traveling in remote desert regions, and violating the rights of U.S. citizens and migrants alike.

Update The President's Budget Request for Immigration Policy 

President Obama released his budget request for fiscal year 2017 in early February, the last budget request of his term in office. The request kicks off the budget process, often serving as the starting document that Congress will use to draft the Senate and House requests.

Update Immigration: Stop the Raids 

In the past two years, dozens of Central American asylum-seekers have been killed shortly after the U.S. deported them — so why is the administration planning to deport more?

Update One Year On: Immigrant Families Still Looking for Solutions 

One year ago, FCNL staff were wrapping up a vibrant Annual Meeting, spirits high after being surrounded by over 400 Quakers and advocates who sought to have public policy match up with Quaker values. During the opening plenary session on November 20, 2014, President Obama simultaneously announced his plan to help immigrant families in need, in the absence of congressional action.

Background We Begin with Acknowledgement 

Columbus Day overlooks – even endorses – painful history, ignores the trauma still present in Native communities, and minimizes the important contributions made by indigenous peoples throughout this continent’s history.