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.

A Message from PIRC

“What is going to happen?” Since November 8th, we have spoken to many in the community about their concerns. How will immigrants be treated under a Trump presidency? How will things change?

While there is great amount of uncertainty about immigration, PIRC’ mission remains unchanged - advocate for immigrants to have equal access to their rights under law. PIRC is a nonprofit organization that does not take a political position. We work within existing laws to ensure that immigrants have equal access to U.S. laws through legal education, advocacy, and direct legal assistance.

In the coming months, PIRC will continue each day to protect the rights of immigrants in the community and the rights of those facing deportation. We will monitor the new Administration for changes in policy, and share this information and updates at our website .  And we will continue to give voice to the most vulnerable.

We believe, as Dr. Martin Luther King expressed in a 1965 speech, that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

In peace,

Mary Studzinski

Executive Director


If you would like to support the work of PIRC, please consider volunteering (email [email protected]) or providing financial support (donate at )


News and Events


November- PIRC's Executive Director Mary Studzinski spoke with WGAL News about PIRC's strategy for assisting immigrants under the new Administration.  Check out the video!

November 18-

Thank you to everyone who gave to PIRC during Lancaster’s Extraordinary Give!

Your “Extraordinary Give” means more immigrant survivors can start new lives for themselves and their children, free from the fear of abuse and deportation. With your gift, more survivors  will stabilize their legal status and pursue their dreams of improved job opportunities, better education, and safer, more stable lives for their children.

Now more than ever your support of immigrants is meaningful!  Thank you for standing for immigrants and thank you for your generosity. You make the difference in our community!

November 18- This year, we are very excited to be part of Lancaster's largest day of online giving on November 18, 2016! If you give to PIRC on the 18th, your dollars will be stretched so your gift will have even more impact on immigrant survivors in the community and vulnerable immigrants in detention. Bookmark our page for easy access on the 18th:

November 12-  PIRC is partnering with the International Service Center to offer free immigration screenings at the International Service Center at the International Service Center  in Harrisburg from 2-5pm. These informational sessions are free and open to the public! For more information, please see the English flyer and the Spanish flyer. Call Fernanda Castillo at 717-600-8099 with any questions!

October-December- The York County Literacy Council and The School District of the City of York are offering free Citizenship classes in York.  Interested individuals need to pre-register.  For more information, check out the York County Literacy Council flyer and the School District of the City of York flyer.

October 12- PIRC is hosting a fundraiser at the Iron Hill in Lancaster!  Simply by presenting this coupon and dining out at the Iron Hill on October 12th, 20% of proceeds of your food bill will be donated to PIRC!  Please share and contact Liz at [email protected], 717-600-8099 if you have any questions:

September 19-24- Check out the flyer on the upcoming National Welcome Week events! 
The week's events are being put together by a committee of representatives from the YMCA of York, The City of York, The School District of the City of York, York County Literacy Council, CASA, PIRC, I-ron-ic, Church World Service, Haitian Church of York, Representative Kevin Schreiber, Dolores Minaya-Community Organizer, and the York Hispanic Coalition.  These events celebrate the growing movement to support and encourage inclusive communities that celebrate New Americans.

July 2016-Thank you to all of our 2015 volunteers and supporters!  At our Light of Liberty Awards Reception on June 8th, we honored the many people who gave their time, talent, and support to PIRC and the people we serve.   Check out photos from the evening here!

June 2016-PIRC Announces Program Name Change:

The Central Pennsylvania Immigration Project (CPIP) is now the Immigrant Survivors Project (ISP).The new name, Immigrant Survivors Project reflects PIRC's admiration for the immigrant women, men and children who survive violence and who have the resiliency to build new lives of hope and opportunity. Immigrant Survivors Project speaks about the passion PIRC has for serving immigrant survivors and for connecting them with tools and resources to help them reach their dreams. 

June 2016- PIRC is hosting the Light of Liberty Award Reception on the evening of June 8th, 2016 at the Yorktowne Hotel in York, Pa.  This event recognizes all of the volunteers and supporters in 2015 who have transformed lives through their efforts.  Click here PIRC's press release about the event!





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