Civil/Human Rights

Unaccompanied Minor Pro Bono Training on September 30, 2014

 

HIAS Pennsylvania, together with the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Pro Bono Committee and La Comunidad Hispana,conducted a training for immigration and family law attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied minors on September 30th, 2014. Below are links to video of the training.

Awake to Justice: Immigration Activism for Synagogues and Congregants

What This Calendar Can Help You Do

● Educate

  • There are many ways to educate your synagogue community about immigrants’ rights. From Hebrew School lessons to immigration shabbat services to materials for use around holidays, you’ll find many opportunities to increase your community’s awareness of the issues facing immigrants today.

● Donate

Statement on Efforts to Eliminate Executive Authority of President

HIAS Pennsylvania just learned that a vote is expected today in the House of Representatives to eliminate President Obama’s executive authority by a vote on ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973). As Congressional action on immigration reform has stagnated, President Obama used his executive power to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) where hundreds of thousands of youth who have spent the majority of their lives in the U.S.

Bar Reporter Highlights Asylum Case

January's copy of the the Philadelphia Bar Association's Legal Intelligencer shone the "Pro Bono Spotlight" on HIAS Pennsylvania. Written by Eric Freed, an attorney at Cozen O'Connor and pro bono attorney for one of clients, he goes through the process of seeking asylum, starting with our training of immigration law generally.

Thanks to Eric and the Intelligencer for their wonderful support!

(Full version of the January edition linked below - story on page 12.)

Philadelphia Bar Foundation to Honor Judi Bernstein Baker

We are proud to announce that the Philadelphia Bar Foundation has announced that it will be honoring HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director Judi Bernstein-Baker at the 35th Annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit. As stated on their press release:

Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz on CBS Philly

Did you know:

There are people who pretend to be immigration legal experts in order to exploit unknowing immigrants? These notarios charge unreasonable fees for help they cannot give in order to exploit a needing population and to make a quick buck - and sometimes end up getting those they claim to be helping into deportation. Its a known harm in the immigrant rights community, and our Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz recently spoke to the local press about it. See the full article below!

Jewish Exponent Considers Immigration Reform

 

As the Senate went through its final consideration stages over the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill last week - before passing the bill to move on to the house - HIAS Pennsylvania and partner agencies including the Jewish Community Relations Council worked hard to get on-the-fence Pennsylvania Senator Toomey to vote for the bill. Our hard work was recognized by the Jewish Exponent, who published two articles about the bill:

Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania Selected For Immigration Study Tour to Germany

Judith Bernstein-Baker, the Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, was selected to join a delegation of immigration policy experts, legal scholars, legislators, journalists, and academics from 16 states to participate in a week long German Study Tour from April 14 to April 19, 2013.  HIAS Pennsylvania, a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey provides legal, social and support services to immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region.  The agency has served over 320,000 newcomers sin

Links to More Comprehensive Immigration Reform News

 

News, editorials, and updates all about comprehensive immigration reform. Check in regularly for a collection of updates on the reform conversation, both locally and nationally.

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