Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.