Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
We're still upset about the separation of children from their families. We're still working to ensure that the last are re-unified. But unfortunately, we must also make room for focusing attention on the Refugee Resettlement Program. In seven weeks, if we don't mobilize, the United States Refugee Resettlement Program is at risk of being dismantled.
Elie Walondja, one of the refugees we resettled from Congo, is a gifted musician. Listen to the wonderful song he wrote in honor of HIAS Pennsylvania below.
If you want to hear more songs from Elie, listen to them here.
Job Title: Domestic Violence and Immigrant Youth Staff Attorney
Supervisor: Domestic Violence Initiative Supervising Attorney & Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Supervising Attorney
Salary: Salary range $44,000 - $48,000
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“It’s a civil proceeding, even though the consequences for the people subject to those proceedings can be dire,” said Elizabeth Yaeger, supervising attorney for the Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project of HIAS Pennsylvania. “It [can be] a death sentence, if a person gets sent back.” See more of his and other represententatives thoughts on the recent asylum ruling here.
You may have recently read an article in the New York Times about the deplorable state of third country refugee resettlement in the United States. The article highlights the fact that even though President Trump set the refugee ceiling at 45,000 refugees, it is likely that only 20,000 refugees will be allowed into the country this year. For HIAS PA, that means that instead of welcoming 200 refugees, as we did at our peak, we will likely be resettling less than a hundred.
On Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service 2018, over 100 volunteers gathered at six different sites to support immigrants, refugees, and asylees around Philadelphia.
“It’s incredibly mercurial, it’s incredibly capricious, and it’s incredibly hard to manage,” said Cathryn Miller-Wilson, executive director of the refugee resettlement group HIAS Pennsylvania, of the federal government’s back and forth with the courts over refugee policy this year. Read more of WHYY's coverage of the lower number of refugee arrivals this past year here.
“People are very afraid,” said veteran Philadelphia immigration attorney Judith Bernstein-Baker, the former executive director of HIAS Pennsylvania. “They’re staying away from places they think will do them harm.” Read more about undocumented immigrants fear of ICE in the Philly Inquirer here.