Past Events

  • 6/21/2019 11:30am to 5:00pm
  • 6/10/2019 8:00am to 6/14/2019 5:00pm


    Mennonite Central Committee, in collaboration with Ayodele Gansallo, Senior Staff Attorney at HIAS PA, and Judith Bernstein-Baker, retired Executive Director of HIAS PA, the co-authors of Understanding Immigration Law and Practice, is excited to offer a new 40 hour advanced immigration law training program focused on representing asylum seekers, both affirmatively and defensively in immigration removal proceedings.

    This intensive five-day (40 hour) training is designed for accredited (DOJ) representatives from BIA recognized organizations, immigration case workers, paralegals and attorneys who are already practicing in the field and want to expand their knowledge to include this specialized and fast-paced area of law.

    Days 1 and 2 will provide an intensive overview of the substantive law on asylum, analyzing the regulatory framework and caselaw , including the procedures for "arriving aliens," defensive applicants and affirmative applications.

    Day 3 will transition to preparing motions, such as bond motions, along with developing an asylum application, including preparing affidavits, country conditions research and identifying other evidence that might be needed to support an asylum claim.

    Day 4 will focus on immigration court procedures, with Day 5 devoted to an asylum mock trial hearing using the materials prepared earlier in the week.

    At the end, constructive criticism will be offered to help each participant improve their oral advocacy skills. This will be an intense week that will require all participants to engage in nightly preparation of assignments for the next day’s programs. Participants will work in pairs or groups and so the contribution of each person is essential to maximize learning opportunities. The training is designed to provide hands on practice for those seeking to move from partial to full accreditation to practice before the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS, ICE and CBP), U.S. immigration judges, and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) of the U.S. Department of Justice. Previous participation in the 40 hour ILRC basic immigration law training or similar trainings is a pre-requisite.

    Register here!

  • 4/30/2019 5:30pm
  • 2/10/2019 6:00pm


    The Muhibbah Dinner Series provides a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship over food. In the vibrant culinary capital of Philadelphia, chefs — amateur and professional alike — seek to share their unique global cuisines with individuals eager to learn. Our communal meals, built around culture and conversation, celebrate true diversity: the differences, and similarities, that help America thrive.

    Their sixth dinner is in support of HIAS PA. Please join chefs from accross the city in celebration of diversity and in support of refugees and immigrants.



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  • 11/27/2018 12:01am


    This Giving Tuesday, we're not asking you to give.

           We're asking you to choose.


    A donor is donating $5,000 towards one of two programs. 

    Which one do you choose?

    Adult ESL for Low-Literacy Immigrants and Refugees vs. Legal Services for Survivors of Torture 


    Adult ESL for Low-Literacy Immigrants and Refugees

    Many refugees and asylum-seekers seek refuge here in the United States without knowing any English. HIAS PA provides hundreds of refugees and immigrants each year learn "Survival ESL." We ensure that everyone--regardless of their literacy level, has the potential for success.


    Legal Services for Survivors of Torture

    Through the Philadelphia Partnership for Resilience (PPR), HIAS PA provides legal services to survivors of (typically state-sponsored) torture and their families. HIAS PA works with dozens of individuals annually, helping clients apply for asylum and reunite with family members.




  • 11/18/2018 3:00pm to 5:30pm



    HIAS Pennsylvania's 10th Annual Refugee Thanksgiving





    Join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving with newly arrived refugee families

    Welcome Philadelphia newcomers as they first experience this uniquely American tradition

    Share food, music, and dance from around the world


    Old Pine Community Center
    401 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147


    To volunteer or bring food sign up here.

  • 11/16/2018 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • 11/15/2018 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    In response to the recent atrocity in Pittsburgh, and motivated by the past two years of growing animosity and violence enabled by the current administration, this event brings together diverse voices of artists who either came to the US as refugees themselves or whose identity is shaped by the refugee heritage of their ancestors. We will stand together, echo our enduring words, and celebrate the present-day lives of our communities. In the face of hatred, we find our power as readers and listeners. In the face of oppression, we find strength in the human resilience of love.

    Join us for readings by Natalie Lyalin, Catzie Vilayphonh, Ossama Ahmad Herkal, Adam Sax, Olga Livshin, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, and more. An open discussion will follow.

  • 11/11/2018 1:30pm



    Please join HIAS Pennsylvania in partnership with Gratz College for the
    Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In

    Featuring Keynote Speaker, Steven Luckert, Ph.D., Senior Program Curator
    Stories from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection 

    Click here to review the program brochure and choose your breakout sessions.
    Click here to register. 
    Professional Development available for Teachers (ACT 48 & NJ) and Attorneys 
    $20 per person in advance. 2 CLE credits: $80 in advance. College Students with Student ID: free.
    For more information,; 215-635-7300, x155

  • 10/29/2018 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    The US Government has proposed 3 new rules which will harm immigrants' lives

    But we can stop it.


    Join HIAS PA's Comment Writing Party:

    5:30PM - 5:45PM:

    Welcome and Explanation of the Three Proposed Rules and how they impact us

    5:45PM - 6:30 PM:

    Write comments - feel free to come anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to write your comments


    Please bring:

    Stamped envelopes (we will have labels), one for each set of comments

    Vegetarian Snacks (we'll supply water and soda)

    Can't make it?

    Go to the following links to submit your comments from home:

    Proposed "Flores" Rule (allowing the administration to detain immigrant children indefinitely): DEADLINE NOVEMBER 4

    Learn more here

    Proposed "Public Charge" Rule (placing a wealth test on immigrants striving to achieve the American Dream): DEADLINE DECEMBER 10

    Learn more here

    Proposed "Fee Waiver" Rule (making it near impossible to prove eligibility for fee waivers): DEADLINE NOVEMBER 27

    Learn more here

    Other Parties: 

    Villanova Charles Widger School of Law, Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4-5:30pm, Room 202, for more information contact: Sarah Baranik at 

    Rutgers University School of Law, Thursday November 1, 2018 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., in the Faculty Loung, hosted by The American Constitution Society of Law and Policy (ACS), For more information and to RSVP, contact

    Watch our facebook page for the announcement of more comment parties in the future.

    For More Philadelphia Specific Information related to the proposed public charge rule go to the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.