Impact

HIAS Pennsylvania celebrates immigrants as a source of vitality for our society. We are proud that our work:

Strengthens Philadelphia and our region

Our work ensures that immigrants can take their places as legal and full members of our communities. Immigrants:

  • Have helped stem Philadelphia’s population loss over the past decade. Residents born outside the U.S. now make up 12.7% of Philadelphia’s population.
  • Prepare our young people for a future in the global village, where they will work and live constantly with people from other cultures.
  • Bring new power into the workforce. Nationally, immigrants 16 and older work at a higher rate than native-born individuals. Through job search assistance and job mentoring, HIAS Pennsylvania makes sure immigrants contribute to Philadelphia’s work force as quickly as possible.
  • Show our children a path of love, civility, and respect for others in a society fractured by xenophobia and hate.

Fills a great need.

HIAS Pennsylvania continues to:

  • Grow as much as funding allows to address a growing volume of callers. From 2014 to 2018, the number of new clients served has increased by 55 percent.
  • Serve as one of the two federally designated refugee resettlement organizations for Philadelphia.  From the moment refugees disembark in Philadelphia, we help them gain a foothold in American society.
  • Support special services for those immigrants who are most easily isolated and abused: children and youth, the disabled and elderly, and victims of torture, crime, trafficking and domestic violence.
  • Help families reunite and stay together.
  • Represent immigrants forced by violence, persecution and economic hardship to enter the U.S. without documentation as they plea for humanitarian relief in the courts.
  • Reach out to immigrants in their communities to educate them about their rights and resources.
  • Train other professionals, ranging from lawyers to healthcare workers, social workers and school personnel to serve immigrants fully and effectively.
  • Advocate for immigrants’ rights and dignity at all levels of government.

In 2019-2020,
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Clients

In 2019-2020,
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In 2019-2020, we served
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*Each client may have multiple cases opened for them.

Find out how you can help.

HIAS Pennsylvania is open for businessHIAS PA is open to new clients by phone only. Call 215-832-0900 to get immigration legal help.