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Why I Became a Board Member: Adam Herzig

I am a holocaust survivor.  I was born in Poland into an affluent family.  My father was a lawyer and my mother came from a family of landowners and philanthropists.  It came to a sudden end when the Germans occupied Poland.  In one day we lost everything.   My parents, sister and I survived the war with Catholic papers.  Each day we did  not know if we would survive the day.

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HIAS PA Receives Grant From The Philadelphia Foundation

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The Philadelphia Foundation for PA has approved $69,725 in grants to eight organizations, including HIAS Pennsylvania to support legal services to immigrants.

Learn more about the grant: Grant to Support Services for Immigrants Awarded Through Fund Managed by The Philadelphia Foundation For PA is Ready!

Nobel Prize Winner Weighs in On Refugee Crisis, quotes HIAS, Inc.'s CEO

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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.”

HIAS PA Staff Attorney Presents at Upcoming ABA Conference

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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.

"Provide a Lifeline for Children" by Philippe Weisz

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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.

"We Must Work To Protect Unaccompanied Minors" by Judi Bernstein-Baker

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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.

Save the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act!

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 is at risk!

There have been several recently introduced proposals, such as the HUMANE Act, S. 2611, and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act, HR 1537, neither of which is a humane or reform piece of legislation. These proposals would put vulnerable children in harm’s way by stripping away critical protections in the TVPRA for children from all countries not bordering the U.S. including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

 

Awake to Justice: Immigration Activism for Synagogues and Congregants

What This Calendar Can Help You Do

● Educate

  • There are many ways to educate your synagogue community about immigrants’ rights. From Hebrew School lessons to immigration shabbat services to materials for use around holidays, you’ll find many opportunities to increase your community’s awareness of the issues facing immigrants today.

● Donate

Statement on Efforts to Eliminate Executive Authority of President

HIAS Pennsylvania just learned that a vote is expected today in the House of Representatives to eliminate President Obama’s executive authority by a vote on ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973). As Congressional action on immigration reform has stagnated, President Obama used his executive power to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) where hundreds of thousands of youth who have spent the majority of their lives in the U.S.

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