The Philadelphia Bar Foundation funds nearly 40 legal aid nonprofits, all of whom are doing incredible work in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania for the communities they serve. Our news roundups highlight their recent activities.
9/2/21 – Sue Frietsche of Women’s Law Project talked to Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station about the ramifications that Texas’s new abortion law could have for Pennsylvanians.
9/2/21 – Two members of Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program penned an op-ed about what they hope Philadelphia’s recently established youth ombudsperson office will do for youth in foster care.
9/1/21 – Community Legal Services Youth Action Board released a report about the ways that young people were left out of the pandemic response and the next steps that should be taken.
9/1/21 – Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center and partners won an appeal that sets an important precedent related to the right to an interpreter for individuals facing deportation.
8/31/21 – The Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania and the Deputy Director of Nationalities Service Center talked to 6ABC about how difficult the resettling experience is for refugees arriving from Afghanistan.
8/30/21 – Philly Voice compiled ways to help Afghan refugees arriving in Philadelphia, including what to donate to Nationalities Service Center and HIAS Pennsylvania and how to volunteer with both organizations.
8/30/21 – Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, spoke to Time about Airbnb.org’s initiative to offer free housing to Afghan refugees and how helpful it is for the organizations resettling the evacuees.
8/29/21 – HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center continue to help resettle Afghan evacuees arriving in Philadelphia.
8/27/21 – Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, wrote an op-ed urging the federal government to waive the over $500 per-person fee associated with applying for humanitarian parole for people looking to find refuge in the U.S.
8/26/21 – CeaseFire PA partnered with other gun violence prevention organizations to install a memorial on Independence Mall that honored the lives lost to gun violence in Pennsylvania each year.
8/24/21 – The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted individuals from Nationalities Service Center and HIAS Pennsylvania that are working to welcome and settle Afghan refugees to the Philadelphia area.
8/24/21 – Following years of advocacy, Public Interest Law Center expressed their support for the Pennsylvania Legislative Redistricting Committee’s decision to end the practice of ‘prison gerrymandering’ and count state prisoners at their home address.
8/21/21 – Attorneys from Public Interest Law Center and Education Law Center are calling for the Pennsylvania’s Department of Education to intervene in the ongoing fight for Chester County Upland School District after a Delaware County judge rejected the state and district’s choice for an interim receiver, instead appointing someone with no background in education that is supported by the Charter operators the community is hoping to avoid taking over their schools.