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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti / Estati Pwoteksyon Tanporè (TPS) pou Ayiti

Watch the video below to learn recent updates about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti and how to prepare for… MORE

Cathryn Miller-Wilson’s Remarks During 2024 Freedom Week Naturalization Ceremony

July 1, 2024 | 10:30 AM United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Ceremonial Courtroom   Good… MORE

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When “Never Again” Becomes “Here We Go Again”

Remembering the Jewish refugees who were turned away 85 years ago, as the President’s recent Executive Order repeats our fateful… MORE

Volunteers of the Month: March 2024

  Seven years ago, Aaron Finestone and Sheilah McLean Louis approached HIAS Pennsylvania and offered to provide pro bono representation… MORE

Another First for Philadelphia

By Cathryn Miller-Wilson Published January 23, 2024 In December 2023, outgoing Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill making Philadelphia first… MORE

Guest Commentary: Need Workers? Hire a migrant

By Cathryn Miller-Wilson PUBLISHED JANUARY 16, 2024 Not long ago, a weary asylum seeker named Ana arrived in Philadelphia after… MORE

MLK Day online forum highlights difficulties of asylum system

By Danielle Smith PUBLISHED JANUARY 15, 2024 Today, a virtual “Ask Me Anything” program will address some of the pressing… MORE

Watch it Now: Ask Me Anything: Asylum Seekers

On January 15th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, HIAS Pennsylvania held a virtual Ask Me Anything program about asylum seekers. This program included a panel discussion, followed by a letter writing campaign. This program was inspired by Dr. King’s advocacy for systemic changes to create a more equitable America.


  • Matthew P. Egler DiFerdinando, Esq. | Staff Attorney, HIAS Pennsylvania
  • Nenehjoh Mansaray | Asylee Client of HIAS Pennsylvania
  • Alisa R. Gutman, MD, PhD | Medical Director, Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic | Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

More information about advocating for asylum seekers

Find your members of Congress

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H.R. 1325 – Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2023

 PA House Bill 769 – Driver’s Licenses for All

Watch It Now: Ask Me Anything: Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

On October 17th, 2023, HIAS Pennsylvania held this Ask Me Anything program about immigrant survivors of domestic violence, in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This program discuses the unique challenges immigrant survivors of domestic violence face and resources available to help them. HIAS Pennsylvania’s Executive Director, Cathryn Miller-Wilson, moderates the conversation and is joined by Stephanie Costa and Isabel Abreu, Managing Attorneys at HIAS Pennsylvania.

Opinion | Help migrants get jobs faster

By Cathryn Miller-Wilson Published December 13, 2023 The Dec. 10 front-page article “Some states spurn migrants. The Rust Belt wants… MORE

Five ways the Parker administration can help immigrants in Philadelphia

By Cathryn Miller-Wilson and Margaret O’Sullivan Published November 28, 2023 “Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker will face many questions when she takes… MORE