Past Events

  • 9/30/2014 10:30am to 2:30pm

    HIAS Pennsylvania, together with the AILA Pro Bono Committee and La Comunidad Hispana, will be conducting a training  for immigration and family law attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied minors.


    The Schedule:

    10:30 AM – 12 PM: representation of unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, including handling the immigration portion of a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status Petition.

    12 - 1 PM.: net-working lunch, courtesy of Blank, Rome

    1 PM - 2:30 PM: family court portion of an SIJ petition.


    The morning portion of the training is meant for immigration attorneys who are unfamiliar with SIJ petitions and the afternoon portion of the training is meant for family law attorneys who are unfamiliar with SIJ petitions.

    The luncheon is for both subsets of attorneys to meet and get to know one another.
    Those attorneys interested in providing both halves of the representation are invited to attend both parts of the training.


    CLE approval is pending. Training is free for those willing to take a case. Space is limited and child abuse clearances are required. If interested, contact Cathryn Miller-Wilson.

  • 9/17/2014 12:00pm to 1:30pm


    This event is in memory of Michael Katz, devoted academic and Board Member. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • 9/15/2014 9:00am to 11:00am

    This event will be filmed and broadcast. Please arrive no later than 9:30 in order to ensure a prompt start.

    Children from Central America are fleeing their countries for reasons that include gang and domestic violence, severe poverty, lack of governmental protections, and long time separation from family members (some in temporary lawful immigration status in the U.S.).

    A growing number of these unaccompanied minors are being relocated in the Philadelphia region. As such, this humanitarian crisis presents important challenges that require understanding of the unique needs and issues facing these children. This forum will provide an opportunity to learn from experts with first-hand experience in this issue and will outline the various ways in which we can collectively act to provide relief.


    Guest Panelists:

    -Steven Larin, Nationalities Service Center
    -Prof. Milton Machuca-Galvez, Swarthmore College
    -Elizabeth Yaeger, HIAS Pennsylvania
    -Mary Clark, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services



  • 8/27/2014 5:30pm

    Join us for a community meeting about the ebola outbreak has been organized for next week with Carla Pendino (USCIS Community Relations Officer), who will explain what immigration relief measures, if any, are available to clients and their families. All are welcome.

  • 7/10/2014 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Summer has finally, truly hit Philadelphia now, just in time for another Young Friends Happy Hour! Learn about our advocacy efforts to convince Congress to cut through the red tape instead of refugee funding, and our upcoming panel about the many unaccompanied minors coming to the US. And we're still collecting fans for refugee homes!

    Join us at Mixto for their happy hour:
    Bubbles Night $5
    Wine $5
    Cerveza $3

  • 6/21/2014 1:00pm to 4:00pm



  • 4/30/2014 5:30pm to 8:30pm

  • 3/29/2014 (All day)

    Coordinated by HIAS Pennsylvania and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), nonprofit organizations will be partnering with immigration attorneys and law schools across Pennsylvania to offer free citizenship application assistance to eligible legal permanent residents. Sites will include Center City Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Lansdale, (Montgomery County), York, and Avondale (Chester County). 

    See the links below for the registration form, calendar of events, and more information.



    Information and Training Sessions:

    Session # 1: Friday, February 28, 9:00 am-11:00 am
    Location: Duane Morris, 30 South 17th Street, 12th Floor, Philadelphia

    Session # 2: Thursday, March 6, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Location: HIAS Pennsylvania, 2100 Arch Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia

    Webinar Date: Thursday, March 20, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Login info: Will be sent directly to registrants.

    To sign up for any session:

    E-mail: Lourena Gboeah or  Valentine Brown, Esq.
    Phone: 215-832-0913 (Lourena Gboeah); (215) 979-1840 (Valentine Brown)
    Fax: 215-832-0919 (Fax the form on p. 2 of this flyer.)


    Pro Bono Citizenship Day 2014 Sites:

    Philadelphia County:
    Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
    Nationalities Service Center
    First Haitian Church of God of Prophecy

    Delaware County:
    Multicultural Community Family Services (Upper Darby)

    Chester County:
    St. Rocco Center

    Montgomery County:
    Lansdale Library (Lansdale)

    York County:
    Church World Service

  • 3/13/2014 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Join the Young Friends of HIAS Pennsylvania at the first Happy Hour of 2014 at Indeblue, where Indian-born Chef Rakesh Ramola will join us briefly to talk about his experience as an immigrant making a name in the United States.


    Learn about Pro Bono Citizenship Day, raise a glass with fellow social justice fans, and get excited about the 2014 Golden Door Awards. A great time will be had by all!

  • 12/3/2013 (All day) to 12/4/2013 (All day)


    We have a day for giving thanks.
    We have two days for getting deals.

    Now we have one for getting back.

    Join HIAS Pennsylvania and hundreds of other local agencies to create a day of giving, December 3, 2013.

    For #GivingTuesdayPHL, HIAS Pennsylvania is partnering with restaurants around the city. Visit them December 3 and have a percentage of the proceeds go to us!


    Here are a few ways you can get involved

    Promote #GivingTuesdayPHL in your email signature

    Change the message to “Support Us On Giving Tuesday”, link to your own campaign and encourage people to use the #GivingTuesdayPHL hashtag to share their story of giving.

    Talk about #GivingTuesdayPHL in your newsletters, and e-blasts

    In your regular email communications between now and December 3rd, share with your network why you’re a proud participant in Giving Tuesday. Link to information about your organization’s efforts and encourage people to use the #GivingTuesdayPHL hashtag.

    Add information about #GivingTuesdayPHL on your website:

    On your website, link to the #GivingTuesdayPHL website (, write about what your organization is doing, and encourage people to use the #GivingTuesdayPHL hashtag to share their story of giving.

    Share #GivingTuesdayPHL on social media

    Post and tweet using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayPHL, and talk about how this day helps to support the community and the organizations who are working to make Philly a better place


    A Note: 

    #GivingTuesdayPHL is not “owned” by any one organization. Take the idea, run with it, and make it your own. Feel free to take the tools we give you and tailor it to work with your organization. 
    The only request is that you do share using the #GivingTuesdayPHL hashtag whenever possible, and that you do not alter the #GivingTuesdayPHL logo in your materials.
    No effort is too big or too small!
    For some simple ways to promote #GivingTuesdayPHL, followed by bigger examples of what organizations have done in the past, visit