Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
Berks County uses a residential detention center with about 72 beds to detain families who arrive in the U.S.
The Philadelphia Citizenship Action Network (P-CAN) offers:
FREE citizenship classes*
FREE or REDUCED citizenship applications assistance
Our next information session and screening will be for seniors 55+ held at the
10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116
Friday, November 20, 2015
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Please bring a copy of your Green Card
To apply, you must:
Sonia Nazario, pulitzer Prize winining author of Enrique's Journey and HIAS Pennsylvania's 2015 Golden Door Awards Keynote speaker was published in the Sunday, October 10, 2015 Opinion Page of the New York Times. Her compelling piece regarding the on-going central American violence, its toll on children and the role that our government is playing in failing them can be read here.
The Center on Violence Against Women and Children in partnership with the Rutgers Law School, Center for Migration and the Global City, Center for Latino Arts and Culture and HIASPA is pleased to host a panel discussing the U.S. government response to the arrival of large numbers of unaccompanied children fleeing their homes in Central America. Topics will include the national policy and advocacy challenges raised by the crisis, and the lessons learned.
Long-time volunteer Hannah Lee has a blog, "A Cultural Mix". Inspired by her work with HIAS Pennsylvania refugees and saddened by recent Presidential candidate talk, she wrote and posted, "The Dangers of Isolation".
As we witnessed the drowning of a three-year old, the building of barbed wire fencing to keep out refugees, and the blocking of transport routes in Europe for those fleeing from war and despair, we can counter these tragedies and inhuman acts by taking action.
Elizabeth Yeager, Supervising Attorney of our Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project will be co-presenting an Immigration 101 Training with Friends of Farmworkers on Friday, October 2, 2015. The training will be provided as part of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) Conference scheduled to take place in Harrisburg, PA on October 1 and 2. Details about the Plan Conference are available here.
Asylum Law and Representing Families in Immigration Detention - Training on September 30, 2015
Human Rights First, with the support of Blank Rome LLP, is running a training in September for attorneys interested in taking a pro bono case at the Berks County Family Residential Center and others interested in learning more about asylum law and procedure. No prior experience in immigration law is necessary.
American Nobel prize winner Alvin E. Roth wrote a compelling piece about the refugee crisis in Europe and in doing so talked about HIAS, Inc.'s role in re-settling his wife. He also quoted Mark Hetfield, HIAS, Inc.'s CEO, who shared what he has learned as head of a refugee resettlement agency, "'refugees go and integrate where they have family, where they have community, or where they think they can support themselves — in that order.”
On Monday, August 26, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision in HSP v. JK and KG v. MS, companion cases deciding issues related to Special Iimmigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in the New Jersey state courts.The court issued a unanimous decision, directing trial courts to make all findings related to SIJS and prohibiting them from making any findings related to eligibility for SIJS.