Past Events

  • 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.


  • 10/25/2018 9:30am

  • 10/21/2018 3:00pm to 5:00pm


    After reading headlines and hearing sound bites describing the perils of immigrants and refugees in our country, are you trying to figure out what’s going on and how you can help? Join other concerned neighbors in learning about the current immigration situation —both big picture and on the ground, and network with organizations that are taking action and can help you get involved. Hear from our panel of experts about documented and undocumented immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers:

    • Cathryn Miller-Wilson , Executive Director, HIAS PA (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)

    • Professor Abel Rodriguez, JD, Director, The Center on Immigration, Cabrini College

    • Margarita Contreras, Director of Social Services, ACLAMO (Latin American Community Action of Montgomery County)

    • Philippe Weisz, JD, Managing Attorney, HIAS PA

    Network with these and other organizations about advocacy and volunteering. It is a critical time in our country. Find out what we can do to continue welcoming and supporting those searching for a new and better life.

    Admission is free. Refreshments will be available.

    Co-sponsored by Bethel AME Church of Ardmore, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Main Line Reform Temple, and St Mary’s Episcopal Church.

    Questions? Please contact Deacon Karen Kaminskas, St Mary’s Episcopal Church, 610-649-1486 or

  • 10/17/2018 12:00pm
  • 9/21/2018 7:00pm
  • 9/6/2018 10:00am to 11:15am

    NSC, HIAS PA, and Bethany Christian Services will host a press conference on September 6th to discuss the current state of the United States Resettlement Program, as there is expected to be another drastic drop in the number of refugee arrivals for the upcoming federal fiscal year. Currently, the annual national ceiling is set at 45k, and this number could drop as low as 25k for the coming year, with actual arrivals even lower. 

    Read about in the Philly Inquirer here. 

  • 8/26/2018 4:30pm

    Join us at One Day Old, a play by Iraisa Ann Reilly. This Teatro Del Sol event is about 14,048 unaccompanied Minors brought to the United States in the 1960s.


    Learn more here. Get tickets here.


  • 6/28/2018 10:00am



    Join us in celebrating the closing of Immigrant Heritage Month and the citizenship efforts of the New Americans Campaign (NAC)!  Immigrant Heritage Month is a nationwide effort to celebrate immigrants and share inspirational stories of immigration in America. Philadelphia has been celebrating all month long by highlighting how immigrant stories connect all people.

    On June 28th, NAC clients and volunteer attorneys will share stories about their experiences participating in the citizenship process. Since March, NAC volunteers have helped hundreds of Philadelphians apply for citizenship.The City of Philadelphia is proud to support six non-profit organizations – HIAS PA, Catholic Social Services, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Commission (SEAMAAC), the African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA) and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians – that have held citizenship screenings and clinics around Philadelphia through NAC.

    Please join us in celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month, our NAC volunteers, and Philadelphia's newest citizens.

    Register here.

  • 6/20/2018 4:30pm

    Join the Philadelphia Regional Refugee Provider’s Collaborative, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Mayor Kenney for a celebration to honor and highlight the stories and contributions of Philadelphia’s refugees to our city.

    4:30pm-6:30pm: crafts and music.

    6:45pm: Philadelphia premiere of film This is Home: A Refugee Story, fresh off its premeire at Sundance 2018

    For more information go to:

  • 6/13/2018 4:00pm

    The new Proposed Public Charge Rule that could seriously adversely impact immigrants, and, as a result, have terrible public health and education ramifications.
    Join us at a convening of National and Local Advocates and City Officials who will explain the proposed new rule, the status of the rule, the implications for our community if the rule passes and, most importantly, provide advocacy instruction and assistance for opposing the rule. 

    Moderator:  Miriam Enriquez, Executive Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs of the City of Philadelphia

    Confirmed for the Panel (alphabetically):

    1.      Ahaviah D. Glaser, JD, Director of Health Policy for the Office of Government Affairs and PolicyLab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    2.      Julia Hinckley, Policy Director, Health and Human Services Cabinet of the City of Philadelphia

    3.      Maripat Pileggi, Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

    4.      Oni Richards-Waritay, Executive Director, African Family Health Organization

    5.      Sonya Schwartz, consultant for the National Immigration Law Center