HIAS Pennsylvania's Immigrant Youth Advocate Team Hopeful after Great New Jersey Supreme Court Decision

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On Monday, August 26, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision in HSP v. JK and KG v. MS, companion cases deciding issues related to Special Iimmigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in the New Jersey state courts.The court issued a unanimous decision, directing trial courts to make all findings related to SIJS and prohibiting them from making any findings related to eligibility for SIJS.

Staff Attorney Elizabeth Yaeger in the News!

On Monday, August 17, 2015, HIAS PA Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Supervising Attorney Elizabeth Yaeger was interviewed by Telemundo. The interview included our Citizenship Day campaign partner, Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs Executive Director, Jennifer Rodriquez.

Forensic Evaluators, Explained

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NPR recently ran an interview with a forensic evaluator explaining the process of proving claims for asylum and why it's necessary to have medical professionals as part of that process. It's a great explanation of this core part of our work.


Link to the interview (and text version if you can't listen), titled "Before Obtaining Asylum, Refugees Must Show The Scars Behind The Stories" below.


Senior Staff Attorney Ayo Gansallo to Present at Co-Sponsored Asylum Training

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Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center (NSC), both non-profit resettlement and immigration and nationality law organizations in Philadelphia, are pleased to present a free CLE training on:


 Friday, November 6, 2015
11:30 – 4.00 pm

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
1701 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Pro Bono Citizenship Day is Coming September 19th!

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Pro Bono Citizenship Day is part of the Step-Up To Citizenship campaign -  a collaboration of the Phila. Mayor’s Office of Immigrant & Multicultural Affairs, HIAS PA, PICC, and the American Immigration Lawyer’s Assoc., Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Aquinas Ctr., Hispanic Bar Assoc. Phila, Free Library, Esperanza, District 1199C, New World   Association, Congreso, BPOS Delaware Valley, and Louis D.

HIAS PA Executive Director Judi Bernstein-Baker Writes about Comparative Immigration Policy

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In April, 2013, Executive Director Judith Bernstein-Baker travelled to Germany as part of a select group of participants in a five-Day German Immigration Study Tour. Acknowledging the irony of her selection as head of a Jewish Immigration agency responsible for the resettlement of Jews escaping from the anti-semitic Germany of the early twentieth century, Judi writes about her experiences and what she learned in a just published article in The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine.

HIAS PA Staff Attorney Presents at Upcoming ABA Conference

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HIAS Pennsylvania Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Director Elizabeth Yeager will be presenting and participating on a panel at the ABA National Conference on Children and the Law this week in Washington, DC. The panel, called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for Youth in Care will focus on the daunting challenges that undocumented youth in the U.S. often face, particularly as they enter foster care or the juvenile justice system. SIJS is a pathway to permanent legal residency and greater stability in abused and neglected children’s lives.


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