Past Events

  • 10/31/2012 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Writer, social justice advocate and Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario is coming to Philadelphia!

    October 31, 2012

    The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the

    Philadelphia Bar Association

    1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, from 12:00-1:30pm


    Sonia will be speaking at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Chancellor's Forum and selling her book. Enrique's Journey is the incredible story of a Honduran boy's journey to join his mother in the United States after eleven years apart. A harrowing and powerful tale, Sonia creates an incredible view into the world of immigration and the story of the thousands of children who come seeking reconciliation with the family they miss.

    Registration is free but required for all guests of HIAS Pennsylvania or the Philadelphia Bar Association. Additional lunch fee optional.

    This is an event you won't want to miss!


    All registration must be done through the Bar Association's Site: Register Here.


  • 9/27/2012 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    For the Children

    HIAS Pennsylvania's 2012 Annual Meeting

    Celebrate the installation of our new Board members and the achievements of HIAS Pennsylvania, our supporters and our friends.

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Jewish Community Services Building
    Lindy Board Room, 2nd Floor
    2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Please RSVP by September 17.


  • 9/7/2012 9:30am to 3:30pm




    CLE Program on Immigration Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse

    Staff Attorney, Lisa Hurlbutt will be in State College, PA next week, speaking at the CLE Program on Immigration Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse, co-sponsored by Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center’s Civil Legal Representation Project.

    The program will include the “nuts and bolts” of the U visa, T visa and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protections and also a discussion about how the policy and politics affect the scope of these protections.  Lisa will be joined by:

    Justine Andronici, Director, Centre County Women's Resource Center's Civil Legal Representation Project

    Rena Cutlip-Mason, Senior Advisor, Office of Citizenship and Immigration Service Ombudsman, Department of Homeland Security

    Joanne Lin, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    Lesyle Orloff, Associate Vice President and Director, National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project, American University Washington College of Law

    Christie Popp, Directing Attorney, Immigrants' and Language Rights Center, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

    Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Director of Legal Services, National Immigrant Justice Center


    Find more information about the event and registration: Photo courtesy of the same site.

  • 7/13/2012 6:00pm to 8/26/2012 9:00pm


    Friday featured the opening an incredible exhibit at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens featuring photos by refugees across Philadelphia, and will stay open through August 26.

    A number of refugees around Philadelphia were given cameras and asked to take pictures of whatever reminded them of home or they considered to be an important reflection of America or American culture. The resulting exhibit provides short statements explaining why they took the photos, and is a powerful, moving testament of the relationship between refugees, American society, and the homes they fled from.

    The exhibit is one of the projects being led by the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, a group of resettlement agencies, mental health providers, physicians and arts organizations working to link refugees to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health care. HIAS Pennsylvania serves as one of the core partners, along with Lutheran Children and Family Service (Lead), Nationalities Service Center, Nemours Pediatrics, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Care and BuildaBridge.  Additional partners include: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine and Hall Mercer.

    For more about the show and the purpose of the Collaborative, check out this great article from March on



    Photo courtesy of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens website.

  • 6/23/2012 1:00pm to 4:00pm


    Join HIAS Pennsylvania, Mural Arts and 11 other partners as we celebrate

    World Refugee Day 2012!

    Southeast by Southeast

    Every June 20, the United Nations celebrates World Refugee Day, honoring the courage, strength and determination of the men, women and children who have been displaced from their homes and forced to flee as a result of perscution and violence.

    In Philadelphia, we are celebrating the following Saturday, June 23rd, with a day full of music, art, food and live performances. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has created the Southeast by Southeast project, which strives to use art to bring the Philadelphia community together the celebrate the diversity and resilience of Philadelphia's immigrant populations.


    Thanks to our funders:

    Development of Behavorial Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Hummingbird Foundation, Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative

    And to our other partnering agencies:

    American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Children's Crisis Treatment Center, JEVS Human Services, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Nationalities Services Center, Pennsylvania Department of Migrant Education, Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, PhillyRising, SEAMAAC, Southeast Philadelphia Community Collaborative, Women's Opportunity Resource Center

  • 6/1/2012 8:00pm to 10:00pm


    Our friends at Houses on the Moon, a New York City theatre company, are bringing Tara's Crossing, a play by Emmy-nominated writer Jefferey Solomon about a transgender woman fleeing Guyana for asylum in the United States, only to end up in a government detention center. The story tracks her fight to prove her persecution and why she has fled to the United States. It was inspired by dozens of interviews with sexual minority asylum seekers in New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco.

    This play is one of the first to deal with gays, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered refugees seeking asylum, a process which has only been in place since 1994, and will be featured at the 11th Annual Trans Health Conference in Philadelphia and free and open to the public.

    Houses on the Moon is also the theatre company behind De Novo, the incredible story of a Guatemalan boy who fled from the gangs he grew up with to the United States, only to be deported back to the people he ran from. More about that show coming soon!

    For more about the 2012 Trans Health Conference, a program of Mazzoni Center, click here to learn about their programs and to register. The Conference is completely free to ensure it is as inclusive and accessible as poossible.


    Photo courtesy of the Houses on the Moon website.

  • 5/20/2012 2:00pm to 4:30pm

    Join HIAS Pennsylvania as we WALK Against Hate with the Anti-Defamation League!

    This Sunday, May 20, hundreds will unite on the West River Drive from 2-4 PM to walk 5K in solidarity with the ADL and against bigotry and hatred in our community. The ADL has been working since 1913 to stop the defamation of Jewish people and secure fair treatment for all.

    This is the second annual walk - help us make it even better than the first!

    This year, HIAS Pennsylvania will be there with a team of staff and refugees - find us and walk with us! We'll have an international team with four refugees from Darfur who arrived in the past three months, our Haitian Health Corps member, our Refugee Case Manager, Bhutanese Nepalese and four other Bhutanese Nepalese.  These refugees are quite new to Philadelphia and had to flee their country due to ethnic cleansing.

    The more people we can bring, the merrier! If you'd like to join the HIAS Pennsylvania team, contact Marisa Falcon.


    For more information about the walk and how you can sign up, visit the ADL's WALK website.

  • 5/20/2012 1:00pm to 5:00pm

    Our friends at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia have done it again!

    This Sunday, celebrate Israeli Independence Day with an event not to be missed! As Israel turns 64, JFGP and dozens of vendors will be at Penn's Landing with a fun day packed full of events. The Franklin Institute will have an "archeological dig" to explore and the Jewish Exponent is hosting an activity booth for adults and kids alike. Visit an Israeli marketplace, get some delicious food, and hear wonderful Israeli singer Nurit Galron and the Isramerica House Band.


    Rain or shine, the event will be running from 1-5 PM at the Penn's Landing waterfront. Join in the fun!


  • 5/15/2012 6:30pm to 8:00pm


    The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU are featuring a keynote speech by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Vargas for their May 15 Annual Meeting.

    Vargas is a widely respected and admired journalist who recently revealed himself as an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times Magazine essay. He is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation about immigration. The speech will be focused on his personal story and the need for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States.

    Vargas will be speaking Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30pm at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium.

    The event is free and open to the public, with coffee and desserts following.


    Photo of Vargas courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia ACLU's Annual Meeting Event Page.

  • 5/11/2012 9:00am to 5:00pm



    The New York Immigration Coalition, HIAS Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition and The National Partnership for New Americans present

    How to Obtain BIA Recognition & Accreditation
    Overview of Citizenship & Naturalization Law

    The morning session of this training will provide an overview of the requirements for obtaining Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Recognition for your non-profit agency so that it may provide immigration legal services through Accredited Representatives.  We also will cover the requirements for obtaining accreditation for individual non-attorney employees of recognized agencies.  
    There is no CLE credit for the morning session. 
    The afternoon training will cover basic topics relating to naturalization and citizenship.  Topics will include acquisition and derivation of citizenship, eligibility for naturalization, impediments and bars to naturalization, practice and procedure. 

    Both trainings will be conducted by Thomas J. Shea, Esq. of the NYIC staff.  Judith Bernstein-Baker, Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania is a co-presenter for the morning session. 

    New York State CLE Credit:  4.0 credits in professional practice.  
    Pennsylvania CLE:  3.50S credits.

    Advanced registration is required, please send Jonathan Vidal at a copy of your registration form (PDF).


    REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS—PLEASE READ CAREFULLY All people registering to attend a CLE training through a NYIC member agency, other nonprofit organization, or employee of a private attorney must submit a letter on the agency or organization’s letterhead verifying that the registrant is an employee of the agency or organization and authorizing the registrant to attend the training(s). The letter must be signed by the head of the agency or the managing attorney. Non-member agencies can not participate in ICTI CLE trainings unless the agency is recognized by the BIA or is providing services under the direct supervision of an immigration attorney. NYIC members that are not BIA recognized and that are not supervised by an immigration attorney can not attend CLE trainings unless the head of the member agency provides a written and signed attestation that s/he understands what constitutes the “practice of law” and that the member does not and will not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.  The NYIC can provide a form attestation letter for the head of the member agency to sign. Please contact to obtain the attestation form. Non-member agencies that are not recognized by the BIA but that are providing legal services under the direct supervision of an immigration attorney must provide a letter, from that supervising attorney, stating that the attorney supervises the work of the registrant(s). NYIC member agencies and other 501(c) organizations submitting registrations on behalf of their staff to attend CLE trainings must submit a copy of their IRS 501(c) letter. The NYIC will not knowingly accept registration to attend CLE trainings from any person who provides legal representation without authorization pursuant to 8 CFR Part 292, such as “immigration consultants” and “notarios”.


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