Human Rights First, a Collaborator with HIAS PA, will Conduct Asylum Training on September 30, 2015

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Asylum Law and Representing Families in Immigration Detention - Training on September 30, 2015

Human Rights First, with the support of Blank Rome LLP, is running a training in September for attorneys interested in taking a pro bono case at the Berks County Family Residential Center and others interested in learning more about asylum law and procedure. No prior experience in immigration law is necessary.

Senior Staff Attorney Ayo Gansallo to Present at Co-Sponsored Asylum Training

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Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center (NSC), both non-profit resettlement and immigration and nationality law organizations in Philadelphia, are pleased to present a free CLE training on:


 Friday, November 6, 2015
11:30 – 4.00 pm

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
1701 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Domestic Violence Now Considered Basis for Asylum

On August 26, 2014, after many years of silence on the issue, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the nation’s highest immigration court, ruled for the first time that in certain circumstances victims fleeing domestic violence in their home countries can qualify for asylum in the United States.

"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.

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.



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