Removal/Deportation

Unaccompanied Minor Pro Bono Training on September 30, 2014

 

HIAS Pennsylvania, together with the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Pro Bono Committee and La Comunidad Hispana,conducted a training for immigration and family law attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied minors on September 30th, 2014. Below are links to video of the training.

Executive Director to Attend White House's National Immigrant & Refugee Integration Convening

 

HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director has been selected to attend the National Immigrant & Refugee Integration Convening at the White House on July 16, 2014. The event will include break-out sessions with local and national lecturers on various topics including:

Asylees: Get Paid to Help a Research Project!

Are you here on asylum?

Interested in helping a research project?

Drexel University is seeking participants to take part in a research study involving political asylum and trauma.

Asylee Outreach Program Coordinator Jason Hernandez is working with Sarah Filone at Drexel University to research asylum applications in an attempt to create a more fair system moving forward. They are interested in the ways adult asylees communicate their stories in an interview.

Derivative asylees are welcome to participate.

Religious Leaders of Greater Philadelphia Statement in Support of Immigration Reform

Religiously Diverse, United for Immigration Reform

Adopted January 29, 2014

We are religious leaders representing thirty traditions and more than two million constituents in the greater Philadelphia area; and WE ARE UNITED.

Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

 

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, November 7 at 10am 

CONTACT:Nicole Kligerman, (484) 437 9676 English, Spanish.

Prominent Clergy Hold Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

200 Pennsylvania Faith Leaders Sign Open Letter to PA Representatives:

“The time is now for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform!”

WHAT Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

WHO Press Conference Speakers:

Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz on CBS Philly

Did you know:

There are people who pretend to be immigration legal experts in order to exploit unknowing immigrants? These notarios charge unreasonable fees for help they cannot give in order to exploit a needing population and to make a quick buck - and sometimes end up getting those they claim to be helping into deportation. Its a known harm in the immigrant rights community, and our Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz recently spoke to the local press about it. See the full article below!

Providing Know Your Rights Sessions to Unaccompanied Youth

Each year, thousands of children fleeing war and poverty enter the United States unaccompanied by an adult or separated from their parents or legal guardians. Although many of them meet conditions that would allow them to remain in the country legally, going through immigration proceedings without legal help is daunting.
 
In April of 2013, the offices of HIAS Pennsylvania got a call: the Vera Institute of Justice  had a project and our organization was perfect to undertake it.

Jewish Exponent Considers Immigration Reform

 

As the Senate went through its final consideration stages over the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill last week - before passing the bill to move on to the house - HIAS Pennsylvania and partner agencies including the Jewish Community Relations Council worked hard to get on-the-fence Pennsylvania Senator Toomey to vote for the bill. Our hard work was recognized by the Jewish Exponent, who published two articles about the bill:

What Have We Won? What Have We Lost? – Long Separated Families Reunited

Two American wives have been reunited with their immigrant husbands after years of harsh separation due to punitive anti-immigrant policies. Mrs. Z was separated from her husband and father of their three U.S. Citizen children for over two years while he was stranded in Mexico, awaiting a decision on his long-pending immigration application to allow him to be reunited with his family in the United States. Mrs. P was separated from her husband for over five years while he was stranded in his native Ukraine, waiting to be reunited with his wife.

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