Past Events

  • 6/21/2019 11:30am to 5:00pm
  • 6/20/2019 5:00pm to 7:30pm

    Join us for three celebrations across the city, introducing Philadelphia's refugees to their neighbors for a day of socializing, celebration, food, and fun. Activities will include potluck-style dinners that incorporate food from local immigrants’ home countries; dancing to music provided by neighborhood musicians and bands; and games and fun activities for children.

    Meet your neighbors at Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center, Kingsessing Recreation Center, or Mifflin Square Park (6th & Ritner) Thursday June 20 at 5pm!

  • 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


    Thanks to all that came to HIAS Pennsylvania's Golden Door Awards.

    Read Executive Director Cathryn Miller-Wilson's Remarks

    Watch the videos from the awards here:


  • 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