Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
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.
Read the latest HIAS Pennsylvania Annual Report! Find out about case highlights, see some great photos and learn about new programs.
by Hannah Hyams*, age 15
This is not an ad from Urban Outfitters - it is indeed the work of one of our recently resettled refugee clients, who is attempting to re-start the crafts business she started in Malaysia.
Patricia Awo immigrated to United States at the age of thirteen as a result of the Liberian Civil War. This internal conflict resulted in over 200,000 deaths and the displacement of countless Liberian nationals. Patricia’s father was granted political asylum in the United States and later petitioned for her to join him.
by Barry Fireman
John F. Kennedy wrote an essay entitled “A Nation of Immigrants” for which he was honored by the Anti Defamation League. The year was 1958 and it was the last manuscript he would write before he became president.
Thanks to a grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services program, HIAS Pennsylvania leads the Philadelphia Citizenship Action Network (P-CAN) in conjunction with other area non-profits committed to providing educational services to immigrants and refugees who want to become citizens.
Merie has seen more than her share of struggles, but her strength and tenacity are what bring us to highlight her story today. Merie has been in and out of the HIAS Pennsylvania offices for over a decade as we helped her gain legal status and a new life in Philadelphia.
We at HIAS Pennsylvania are proud to share the story of one of our staff members, Parangkush Subedi for this issue of Voices. PK, as he's commonly known as in the office, has been with us for over a year as our Refugee Health Coordinator and Case Manager, but the story of how he got here is worth a read: