Philippe Weisz has been an advocate for immigrant rights for over 20 years. He started his career as a staff attorney with the American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, N.J. There, he represented detained asylum seekers and immigrants from Central America. In 2000, he was named the program’s managing attorney. In 2006, he joined HIAS Pennsylvania as their managing attorney.
In addition to supervising its staff of attorneys and paralegals and handling his own caseload, Philippe oversees the agency’s educational activities. He has presented at professional conferences, trained pro-bono lawyers and provided training to staff at numerous social- and legal- services agencies. He also has been interviewed by English- and Spanish-language media on immigration matters.
Philippe has taught immigration law and supervised law school clinic students. He served as a visiting professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center for Social Justice International and Human Rights Clinic in 2004. In the 2008- 2009 school year, he was an adjunct professor in the Transnational Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Philippe earned a B.A. in International Relations at Dickinson College in 1992. and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University, where he also received an M.A. in International Relations.