Mission & Impact

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Mission & Impact

When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt… Leviticus 19:33–34

Our Mission

HIAS Pennsylvania supports low-income immigrants of all backgrounds as they build new lives in our community. Through immigration legal services and an array of social services, we work to address their needs, defend their rights, and advocate for their equitable inclusion in American society.

Our Values

Our values are based on the core Jewish beliefs of “welcoming the stranger” and tzedakah (generosity, charity and fairness). HIAS Pennsylvania views newcomers as valuable resources, not burdens to the community. We believe in the dignity of the individual. We believe in compassion, empathy,  tolerance, and respect. All of this is embodied in our commitment to a multicultural society.

In 2020-2021,
we served

Clients

In 2020-2021,
we provided

Legal and Social Services

In 2020-2021, we served
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Countries

Our 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 three 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.
*Each client may have multiple cases opened for them.
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Thanks to HIAS PA’s emergency response to the pandemic,

clients have received
LAPTOPS

clients have received
$800 CASH GRANTS

clients have received
GROCERY DELIVERIES

TONIGHT: Join us at the table!Join us for Thankful Together!

Thankful Together, formerly known as Refugee Thanksgiving, is happening TONIGHT at 6PM!

Register here to join us tonight: https://hiaspa.org/event/thankful-together-2021/

Celebrate our volunteers who make this all possible!Click here at 11:45AM to join our Annual Meeting!

Click here to join our virtual Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting starts at noon, but join us at 11:45AM for an informal chat before the event!

POSTPONED! Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan

Today's Speed Advocacy: Afghanistan Facebook Live event has been postponed due to a worldwide Facebook outage. We will update you as soon as possible about rescheduling the event.

Join us for Thankful TogetherWatch performances from cultural groups and immigrants from around Philadelphia.
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Help every immigrant achieve their greatest potential by ensuring there are no obstacles like a lack of legal status or language access stand in their way.