Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
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.
HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director has been selected to attend the National Immigrant & Refugee Integration Convening at the White House on July 16, 2014. The event will include break-out sessions with local and national lecturers on various topics including:
Drexel University is seeking participants to take part in a research study involving political asylum and trauma.
Asylee Outreach Program Coordinator Jason Hernandez is working with Sarah Filone at Drexel University to research asylum applications in an attempt to create a more fair system moving forward. They are interested in the ways adult asylees communicate their stories in an interview.
Derivative asylees are welcome to participate.
We are religious leaders representing thirty traditions and more than two million constituents in the greater Philadelphia area; and WE ARE UNITED.
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.)
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, November 7 at 10am
CONTACT:Nicole Kligerman, (484) 437 9676 English, Spanish.
“The time is now for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform!”
WHAT Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform
WHO Press Conference Speakers:
The Jewish community has serious concerns about the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement” (SAFE) Act, H.R. 2278, which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in June 2013.
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:
The Lautenberg Amendment, which helps persecuted religious minorities fleeing Iran and the former Soviet Union, expired on June 1, 2011. The provision must be renewed each year. A failure to reauthorize the Amendment would make it difficult for the U.S. to protect Christian, Jewish, Baha’i, and other religious minorities fleeing Iran and could end family reunification for Jews and Evangelicals in the Former Soviet Union with relatives in the U.S.
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