Past Events

  • 6/28/2018 10:00am



    Join us in celebrating the closing of Immigrant Heritage Month and the citizenship efforts of the New Americans Campaign (NAC)!  Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide effort to celebrate immigrants and share inspirational stories of immigration in America. Philadelphia has been celebrating all month long by highlighting how immigrant stories connect all people.

    On June 28th, NAC clients and volunteer attorneys will share stories about their experiences participating in the citizenship process. Since March, NAC volunteers have helped hundreds of Philadelphians apply for citizenship.The City of Philadelphia is proud to support six non-profit organizations – HIAS PA, Catholic Social Services, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Commission (SEAMAAC), the African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA) and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians – that have held citizenship screenings and clinics around Philadelphia through NAC.

    Please join us in celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month, our NAC volunteers, and Philadelphia's newest citizens.

    Register here.

  • 6/20/2018 4:30pm

    Join the Philadelphia Regional Refugee Provider’s Collaborative, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Mayor Kenney for a celebration to honor and highlight the stories and contributions of Philadelphia’s refugees to our city.

    4:30pm-6:30pm: crafts and music.

    6:45pm: Philadelphia premiere of film This is Home: A Refugee Story, fresh off its premeire at Sundance 2018

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  • 6/13/2018 4:00pm

    The new Proposed Public Charge Rule that could seriously adversely impact immigrants, and, as a result, have terrible public health and education ramifications.
    Join us at a convening of National and Local Advocates and City Officials who will explain the proposed new rule, the status of the rule, the implications for our community if the rule passes and, most importantly, provide advocacy instruction and assistance for opposing the rule. 

    Moderator:  Miriam Enriquez, Executive Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs of the City of Philadelphia

    Confirmed for the Panel (alphabetically):

    1.      Ahaviah D. Glaser, JD, Director of Health Policy for the Office of Government Affairs and PolicyLab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    2.      Julia Hinckley, Policy Director, Health and Human Services Cabinet of the City of Philadelphia

    3.      Maripat Pileggi, Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

    4.      Oni Richards-Waritay, Executive Director, African Family Health Organization

    5.      Sonya Schwartz, consultant for the National Immigration Law Center



  • 6/11/2018 6:30pm

    Join us at the Philadelphia City Institute Library for a discussion of historical and current day perspectives on the refugee experience in America. The panel will be moderated by our executive director, Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Esq. Featured speakers are: Agozino Emmanuel, who was a journalist in his home country of Nigeria; and Youssef Abbara, who was an engineer in his home country of Syria.

  • 6/6/2018 6:00pm

    On June 6, 1939, the M.S. St. Louis was turned back from the United States, sending more than 900 German Jews back to Europe. 200 subsequently perished in the Holocaust.

    Join St. Louis Survivor Ronnie Breslow in conversation with HIAS PA Executive Director Cathryn Miller-Wilson and CEO of HIAS, Inc. Mark Hetfield, as they explore the story of the St. Louis and examine that moment in history in the context of current events and policy. 


  • 6/2/2018 8:00pm

    PhilHarmonia is proud to celebrate the close of its 5th Season with “American DREAMers: Stories of Immigration.”  The concert will feature works by Brooke Joyce, Jarrod Fischer Green, Rich Campbell, and the world premiere of American DREAMers, a multimovement work on the texts of Dreamers by composer, Melissa Dunphy (pictured right).

    The concert is free to the public, and we ask guests to consider giving a free-will offering at the door. All offerings will benefit HIAS Pennsylvania.

  • 5/23/2018 7:00pm

  • 5/10/2018 5:30pm
  • 5/7/2018 6:00pm
  • 4/29/2018 6:00pm


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