Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
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 since its founding in 1882. The Study Tour, organized by the American Council on Germany, will visit with German members of parliament, immigration officials and non-governmental organizations. Ms. Bernstein-Baker is the only representative from Pennsylvania and was nominated by Ralf Wiedemann who serves as honorary consul for Germany in Philadelphia.
Bernstein-Baker remarked, “at a different time in history, HIAS Pennsylvania resettled many holocaust survivors from Germany who emigrated and resettled in our region so I look forward to what should be a fascinating trip. I am thrilled to be selected to attend this tour at a time when immigration policy has risen to the top of the US federal legislative agenda and is the subject of much discussion in Europe as well. ”