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Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) works to provide access to justice for vulnerable immigrants in detention and in the community through legal services, education and advocacy:

  • Access to justice begins with an understanding of individual rights under law. PIRC educates immigrants in detention and in the community about their legal options.
  • PIRC provides access to justice through legal services – direct representation, coordination of pro bono legal assistance, and pro se assistance.
  • PIRC advocates for greater capacity and systems change through language access assistance, partnerships with law schools and universities, and legal training and education.

News and Events

April 15, 2014-The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center is proud to share a new resource – a Third Circuit Immigration blog –  designed by clinic students at Penn State Law to help immigration practitioners stay up-to-date on the latest Third Circuit immigration decisions. The blog covers precedential and select non-precedential Third Circuit decisions and is available at 3rdcrimmigrationblog.blogspot.com. Check it out!

May 2, 2014-  TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Please join the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center for a Model Hearing Program, entitled Withholding-Only Proceedings.  Pending CLE application approval, the training will provide 5 credits, with one morning and one afternoon session.  Registration is free to attorneys who make a commitment to accept a PIRC Pro Bono Referral in 2014. We will work with each registrant to identify a good Pro Bono referral match.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 717-600-8099.

March 22 & March 29- 

A free Information Session on Citizenship will take place on March 22. If you are a legal permanent resident who is interested in applying for U.S. citizenship, please join us.  For more information, please click on one of the links below to access the Citizenship Day Event Flyers!

English Flyer

Spanish Flyer

This event will be held at the Martin Library, 159 East Market Street, York, PA 17401.  For further information about the site, please contact PIRC at 717-600-8099.

March 19, 2014-

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center recognizes volunteers at their March 19th Light of Liberty Award Reception at Martin Library in York

YORK, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) is celebrating their 2013 volunteers at a Light of Liberty Award Reception on March 19, 2014. The award reception is being held in the Bill Simpson Room at Martin Library in York from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

 The Light of Liberty Award reception is an opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions volunteers make in supporting the mission of access to justice for the most vulnerable immigrants within our society. PIRC’s volunteers used their time and talent to provide direct legal representation, interpretation and translation, medical and psychological exams, administrative and marketing support, and legal support. The many individuals who supported PIRC in 2013 include private attorneys, law firms, high school, college and law school students, medical professionals, interpreters and translators, and professionals and volunteers from other parts of our community.

Please click here for more information!

January 24, 2014- Mary Weaver, Executive Director of PIRC, joins a panel discussion on current issues in immigration hosted by Scott LaMar on WITF's Smart Talk!   Panelists also include Sheila Mastropietro, Office Director at Church World Service, Christian Herr, Executive Vice President of PennAg Industries Association, and Oscar Barbosa, Attorney at Diaspora Law. To listen to the program, please click here.

September 18- You’re Invited: Dine out to Support PIRC!  By dining out at Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster, PA on September 18thand presenting the coupon below, 20% of your purchase will be donated to PIRC ! Please join us and help support our work!

Click here to view and print coupons.

Where: Iron Hill Brewery, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603

When:Coupons will be honored during all business hours on Wednesday, September 18th

For More Information: Contact Liz at 717-600-8099, or by e-mail at [email protected]

June 4 – Mary Weaver, Executive Director of PIRC, and Jeffrey Lobach, Esquire, shared an hour with Scott LaMar on WITF’s Smart Talk program to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Golden Venture. In addition to sharing highlights of the Golden Venture history, the program tells how the legal support and community advocacy for the Golden Venture refugees led to the creation of PIRC and the continued work of PIRC today on behalf of detained immigrants. To listen to this WITF Smart Talk program, click here.


April 18 - PIRC and the York College of Pennsylvania joined together for for an evening of retrospection on the 20th anniversary of the arrival of the Golden Venture. The evening event included the screening of two short videos: “The Plight of Chinese Refugees in America”, a video that speaks to the human rights, legal, and immigration issues debated at the time of the Golden Venture passengers, and “America Tonight: Coming to America”, the story of one of the Golden Venture passengers, from detention through his emotional release. The videos were followed by a panel discussion with community members who actively advocated for the members of the Golden Venture during their long detention.


April 15 - 27 - PIRC partnered with the York College of Pennsylvania to host the Art of the Golden Venture in the Special Collections Room of Schmidt Library. During their more than 44 months in detention, the detained refugees created more than 10,000 pieces of art, using an ancient method of Chinese Paper Folding. The exhibit displayed several dozen works of Golden Venture art, each demonstrating the creativity and resilience of the Golden Venture refugees.

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PIRC relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations to fully fund our programs and services. Your donation not only helps PIRC provide services to vulnerable immigrants in detention and in the community, but helps ensure that PIRC's services are sustained into the future. Please donate today.


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