Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
In April, 2013, Executive Director Judith Bernstein-Baker travelled to Germany as part of a select group of participants in a five-Day German Immigration Study Tour. Acknowledging the irony of her selection as head of a Jewish Immigration agency responsible for the resettlement of Jews escaping from the anti-semitic Germany of the early twentieth century, Judi writes about her experiences and what she learned in a just published article in The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine.
HIAS Pennsylvania Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Director Elizabeth Yeager will be presenting and participating on a panel at the ABA National Conference on Children and the Law this week in Washington, DC. The panel, called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for Youth in Care will focus on the daunting challenges that undocumented youth in the U.S. often face, particularly as they enter foster care or the juvenile justice system. SIJS is a pathway to permanent legal residency and greater stability in abused and neglected children’s lives.
PCCY created the Dream Care Coalition, a coalition of agencies seeking to make health insurance coverage available for every child in Pennsylvania, including children who do not have legal immigration status.
Welzoo is a new, exciting way to support us. Simply go to www.welzoo.com and make it your homepage. Every day you go online, Welzoo will make a donation on your behalf. Learn more at: http://www.welzoo.com/join/hias-and-council-migration-ser/yltko9I.
Hansi Lo Wang, who was a Philadelphia Fellow at HIAS Pennsylvania in 2009-2010 is now a reporter for NPR. This past Saturday, on July 4th, he texted our Executive Director, Judi Bernstein-Baker telling her to turn on the radio for a big surprise.
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: