ICYMI: Philadelphia’s Legal Community Partners to Form ‘Take Action Philly’

The Philadelphia Bar Association, with the support of the City of Philadelphia and a number of prominent non-profit legal aid organizations, announced last week that it has formed Take Action Philly (TAP) – an initiative uniting lawyers, government, community organizations and residents
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US Senate to Vote on Syrian, Iraqi Refugees

VOA Michael Bowman The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a test vote later Wednesday on whether to severely restrict America's acceptance of refugees from Syria and Iraq, because of continuing fears that the Islamic State group and other terrorist infiltrators could be among the millions who have fled horrific violence and (more...)

The HIAS Pennsylvania Family Celebrates Thanksgiving November 22

It’s that time of year again – on Sunday, November 22, the HIAS Pennsylvania family will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with a meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, Burmese curries, Eritrean stews and so much more. Back for the 7th year, Refugee Thanksgiving will take place from 2pm to 5pm (more...)

Global Refugee Movement Reaches a High Mark

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The number of refugees fleeing their homes reached an almost 20-year high in 2012, according to a report on global trends issued June 19 by the U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR. More than 45.2 million people were displaced at the end of 2012, the highest (more...)

U.S. Has Long History of Aiding, Welcoming Refugees

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The United States has a long history of aiding as well as taking in the world’s refugees, says Secretary of State John Kerry. At a special event at the State Department marking World Refugee Day, Kerry noted that the earliest refugees started coming to America in (more...)

United States Adds $100 Million in Syrian Aid

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States is providing an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees already living outside of Syria and the several million displaced within the war-torn country, Secretary of State John Kerry says. The additional funding brings (more...)

Immigration Reform Is Economic Imperative for U.S.

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama is calling for an immigration system that is smart, efficient and fair because it is central to his goal of promoting economic innovation and business development, says chief White House economic adviser Alan Krueger. No country does a better job integrating (more...)

U.S. Providing Humanitarian, Nonlethal Aid to Syria

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States is providing an “exceptional amount” of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and rising levels of nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. The Syrian Opposition Coalition is the “legitimate representative of the opposition (more...)

U.S. Shifts Policy on Syria, Announces Direct Support for Rebels

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States has shifted its policy toward Syria by deciding for the first time to send assistance directly to the rebels fighting to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. “We need to stand on the side of those in this fight who want (more...)

John Kerry: The Next Secretary of State

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Massachusetts’ John Kerry is moving from the U.S. Senate — where he offered advice and consent on U.S. foreign policy — to the State Department, where he will implement it. On January 29, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Kerry as the next secretary (more...)

U.S. Pledges More Aid, Continued Support for Syrian People

By MacKenzie C. Babb
Staff Writer
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced the United States will contribute an additional $5.5 million to support the more than 140,000 people who have fled Syria’s ongoing violence. “With these contributions, the United States is now providing nearly $82 million for food, (more...)

‘Dancing on a Volcano’ Wins at New Hope Film Festival

Gary Merz producer/director of Federal Street Productions accepted the Audience Choice Best Documentary Award for his feature length documentary, "Dancing On A Volcano" at New Hope, Pennsylvania.  The film's grip on the audience has been evident, gaining much recognition and momentum after only two festivals. "Dancing On A Volcano" had its (more...)

U.S. Welcomes Refugees, Urges Other Countries to Do The Same

The United States resettled 56,000 refugees in 2011 in a partnership with many civic organizations around the country. Similar numbers are expected for resettlement in 2012, according to officials at the State Department as they highlighted the U.S. refugee policy in recognition of World Refugee Day (more...)

HIAS Pennsylvania Celebrates 130 Years with Their Annual Event

Tonight, HIAS Pennsylvania celebrates its Annual Event, focusing on the theme of the “Resilience and Renewal” of immigrants and refugees. It will take place from 5:30-8:30 PM at the HYATT at the Bellevue on Broad and Walnut Streets. The 2012 Golden Door honorees are: The Parkway Corporation and Zuritsky/Winigrad Families, Wendy Voet, (more...)

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