Domestic Violence Now Considered Basis for Asylum

On August 26, 2014, after many years of silence on the issue, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the nation’s highest immigration court, ruled for the first time that in certain circumstances victims fleeing domestic violence in their home countries can qualify for asylum in the United States.

In memory of Michael Katz

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On August 23, Michael Katz, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and member of our Board of Directors for six years, passed away after a long battle with cancer. He worked til the end, publishing multiple books in his last years and being inducted to the American Philosophical Society in 2013.

He was an invaluable member of our team and we will miss his intellect and support. We extend our condolences to all the family and friends who held him dear.
 

I want to be a Volunteer ESL Teacher for refugees

Days which you will be consistently available during normal business hours (9 AM to 5 PM) for a three-hour block of time, i.e. Mondays from 11-2.
If it was from an institution (your synagogue, school, workplace, etc.), please let us know what institution.

"Provide a Lifeline for Children" by Philippe Weisz

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HIAS Pennsylvania managing attorney, Philippe Weisz, wrote a brilliant op-ed piece concerning children refugees coming to the United States to seek asylum. Weisz takes a look at America's past and future involving immigrant children and asks Americans to do the right thing by providing these children a lifeline.

"We Must Work To Protect Unaccompanied Minors" by Judi Bernstein-Baker

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In order to spread awareness on the issue of unprotected and unaccompanied minors, our Executive Director, Judith Bernstein-Baker, wrote an informative article about granting legal representation to children immigrants coming to the United States.

Justice Americorps Legal Services for Unaccompanied Minors

The Department of Justice is partnering with the National Community and Service Corps to fund a group of attorneys who will provide representation to unaccompanied children across the country, including Philadelphia. HIAS Pennsylvania has provided free legal services to unaccompanied minors for many years and are monitoring the availability of Americorps slots proposed by this parnership. HIAS Pennsylvania is anticipating a national agency will administer this program.  We will post any information we learn on the application process on our website.

 

Portrait of a Donor: Honoring Grandpa on His Naturalization Anniversary

Earlier this month, we got an exciting package in our mailbox: Harriet Katz, made a gift in honor of the 100th anniversary of her grandfather's naturalization and included with it a copy of the originial naturalization certificate (below) and a photo of her grandfather and grandmother (to the left)
 
Nathan Katz came to New York from Russia in or near modern day Kiev, Ukraine in the 1890's. He and his wife Molly had 6 boys, including Harriet's father, who grew up in New York speaking Yiddish. He eventually moved to Dayton, Ohio.
 

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