June 20 is World Refugee Day

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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

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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.

Visiting the Zoo with Refugee Kids

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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!

HIAS Pennsylvania Receives $20,000 from Women's Way

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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.

Supporting Sierra Leone from Pennsylvania

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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.


Judi Bernstein-Baker Receives Immigration Law Pro Bono Award

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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.

Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and HIAS Pennsylvania Create Fellowship in Human Rights

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HIAS Pennsylvania and the Cardozo School of Law have teamed up to create a year-long Cardozo Law Institute for Human Rights Fellow – CLIHR (pronounced CLEAR) Fellow for a Cardozo law graduate hosted at HIAS Pennsylvania. The named Fellow, Rona Gershon, will focus on providing immigration legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children and women who have survived interpersonal violence. The Fellowship was made possible through a donor concerned about human rights.

Get Out the Vote: New Citizen Edition

Aung Myo Twin arrived with his wife as a Burmese refugee in 2008 and was resettled by HIAS Pennsylvania. He fled from his country in 1996 and from the age of 15 lived in a refugee camp for twelve years. When he and his family arrived in this country, Resa Rudney, a volunteer from Main Line Reform, became the “American Mother” for this family and “grandmother” for the daughter, who was born in the United States. 
About 4 years ago the family moved to Kentucky to join their friends from childhood.
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HIAS Pennsylvania Recognizes the Value of President Obama’s Actions to Bring Immigrants Out of the Shadows

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President Obama’s plan to grant temporary three year work permits and protection against deportation for millions of immigrant parents and young people who have lived and worked with and among us for years recognizes the need to fix our broken immigration system.

Administrative Relief: A Summary

Last night, President Obama announced his executive action on immigration and how he plans to reshape our current immigration system. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Department released today an overview of his plan, which is linked below.


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