Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
We are pleased to present the Annual Report for fiscal year 2013-14! Read about how we Stand Together with immigrant youth through our fabulous Immigrant Youth Advocacy Program. And how we Stand Together with our too good to be true volunteers from Main Line Reform Synagogue. In addition we Stand Together with Asylees and vulnerable immigrants: the report highlights a heart-wrenching asylum story and heart-warming citizenship story.
Are you a legal permanent resident who lives in Philadelphia? Do you think you might be eligible for Citizenship? Come to one of our two free information sessions, step one in our three-step Citizenship process:
Thursday, July 16th, 2015, PECO/Exelon building, 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. Potentially eligible community members arrive at 10:45 a.m. For more information about this information session see our flyer at the bottom of this page.
In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, HIAS Pennsylvania's refugee team, along with volunteers, organized a fun-filled day at the Philadelphia Zoo for a team of refugee kids on June 22nd. This event was made possible, in part, due to the support from the Enterprise Holding Foundation.
The trip was a grand success as you can see from the pictures below. For some of the kids it was their first experience at the zoo!
Read about all of our gardens and the newest on, located at Conroy Catering in Northeast Philadelphia. Link to the Refugee Garden landing page below! Thanks to the many hands and hearts that made this possible.
Photo: Proud mom and son watch the setting up of the Conroy Catering garden. Photo by HIAS Pennsylvania Philly Fellow Pendle Marshall-Hallmark.
HIAS Pennsylvania mourns the senseless church murders of nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. As an organization that represents and resettles individuals fleeing from religious, ethnic, racial, political violence and persecution, we are especially disturbed when such violence happens in our own country. While perpetrated by one individual, this act occurs in a culture that still struggles with gun violence, inequality and racial prejudice. HIAS PA will continue to work with others for fairness, tolerance and diversity.
Join us as we observe World Refugee Day on June 20. Last week, on June 13, HIAS PA worked with community partners to commemorate this important day at Northeast High School. We celebrated with style - dancing, eating, soccer, and laughter with refugees from Sudan, Bhutan, Syria, Iraq, Congo, Burma and countless others from all over the world.
We also liked the sentiments of our friends at national HIAS:
June is Immigrant Heritage Month, celebrating stories and telling stories of the people that create America. In celebration, HIAS Pennsylvania is partnering with our Philadelphia friends for World Refugee Day and a trip to the Zoo with a group of refugee youth. Read more about our adventures to the right and about Immigrant Heritage Month generally below.
Thanks to support from the Enterprise Holding Foundation (pictured left), and in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, HIAS Pennsylvania is excited to bring a team of refugee kids to their first visit to the Philadelphia Zoo on June 22! Our last trip to the zoo was in 2013 - and as you can see from the pictures below, it was an exciting and eye-opening trip. We're sure this year will be just great for our new cohort of children and volunteers. Stay tuned for pictures from this year's trip!
We are proud to announce that HIAS Pennsylvania has received $20,000 from local foundation Women’s Way’s Community Women’s Fund in support of our Chester County Immigrant Survivor Interpersonal Violence Project. Women’s Way has been a longtime supporter of HIAS Pennsylvania, but this is a marked increase in funding to our interpersonal and domestic violence project. With the funds, we are able to continue and grow our partnership with the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County.
Refugee Health Coordinator Alhaji Saccoh wears multiple hats - on top of helping our clients work through the American health care system, he also moonlights as a firefighter in Delaware County and founded and heads the Sierra Leone Children's Fund, a non profit agency he created to support his home country.
Today, May 6th, our Executive Director Judi Bernstein-Baker is receiving the illustrious Immigration Law Pro Bono Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association.
The full press release by the PBA below:
HARRISBURG (April 24, 2015) - Judith Bernstein-Baker, executive director of HIAS Pennsylvania, will receive the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Immigration Law Pro Bono Award on May 6 during the PBA Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia.