HIAS Pennsylvania's Mission:
Driven by the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania provides legal, resettlement and supportive services to immigrants and refugees from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. HIAS Pennsylvania is one of the largest non-profit immigration legal service providers in Pennsylvania. With a current staff of 39 individuals, including 11 attorneys and 4 accredited representatives, the organization assists low income immigrants with adjustment of status, removal defense, family unification, citizenship, and asylum. HIAS Pennsylvania prioritizes providing services to vulnerable populations including survivors of interpersonal violence and unaccompanied and abused youth.
HIAS Pennsylvania’s Immigrant Youth Advocacy initiative (IYA) is the only program of its kind dedicated to providing legal services to immigrant youth in Eastern Pennsylvania. HIAS PA’s IYA provides legal services to immigrant children in our region, including unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR); unaccompanied children in removal proceedings before the Philadelphia Immigration Court; immigrant children in the care of, or receiving services from, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (Phila. DHS) or other county child welfare organizations, and other vulnerable immigrant youth.
HIAS Pennsylvania’s Domestic Violence Initiative provides legal immigration services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault residing in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. HIAS Pennsylvania is the sole immigration organization in Philadelphia awarded a Legal Assistance for Victims grant by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to represent sexual assault survivors in the city of Philadelphia. This grant allows for the coordinated representation of survivors by nonprofit legal and social service organizations in Philadelphia.