Brenda Nogales oversees the Crisis and Humanitarian Program at HIAS PA, a program tailored to respond to the legal and social needs of people affected by humanitarian crises who are arriving in the U.S. and are in need of access to timely, reliable information and services in languages they understand and in a culturally responsive and trauma-informed way.
Originally from Bolivia, Brenda understands the challenges and concerns that most immigrants face when moving to a new country. She started her career as an advocate for immigrant victim’s rights in 2005 at Nationalities Service Center where she oversaw the Survivor Services Program which provides legal and social supports to survivors of torture, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. In 2019, Brenda received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Award recognizing her as a pioneer advocate for immigrant victim’s rights across Pennsylvania where she has been on the front lines of immigrant assistance and advocacy, helping open paths for equal access to justice and culturally responsive programing for immigrant survivors of crime.
Brenda is a graduate from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University where she received an LL.M. degree (Master of Law) and she also holds a law degree from the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Bolivia.