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

February 25, 2019

PIRC will be moving its office location on Friday, March 1, 2019 to a larger space that will enable us to better serve our clients. Our new address will be 294 Pleasant Acres Road, Ste. 202, York, PA 17402.  The main telephone number and all direct lines for staff remain the same. Read the full press release here




January 9, 2019

Executive Director, Mary Studzinski issues statement in response to President Trump's address to nation on humanitarian crisis and border security at southern border.  Read full statement here. 


November 2, 2018

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) is proud to announce the launch of the Immigrant Survivors Advocate Network (ISAN). ISAN is an alliance of the domestic violence and sexual assault victim service agencies from across Pennsylvania coordinated by the Immigrant Survivors Project. The network's mission is to increase the safety and autonomy of immigrant survivors and their families by ensuring that culturally and linguistically appropriate victim services, as well as high-quality immigration legal assistance, are available and accessible across the Commonwealth. for more about ISAN


October 30, 2018

Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for the families and friends of those who were killed or injured at the Tree of Life synagogue. We wish to express our deep-felt condolences to the families and to the Pittsburgh community: see the statement


September 24, 2018

Read PIRC's response to the proposal by DHS to change the rules for becoming a legal permanent resident: see the statement


September 19, 2018

York College of Pennsylvania and the Appel Center for the Performing Arts are hosting a film screening of Break the Chain on Wednesday, September 19th.  The filmmaker will be present, as well as panelists to discuss issues surrounding human trafficking.  See the flyer!


June 21, 2018

Read PIRC's Response to the Executive Order Addressing Family Separation


June 6, 2018

PIRC is holding the annual Light of Liberty Award Reception, honoring the incredible volunteers and supporters who made significant impact in the lives of vulnerable immigrants in 2017.  Register now to attend the reception, which includes refreshments, a keynote speaker, award presentations, and a silent auction! 

Event Flyer

April 25, 2018

Department of Justice reverses decision and will “not pause” funding for Legal Orientation Program

Read our response to this latest decision here.


April 20, 2018- Will our country start deporting someone just because they are poor? 

This proposed change in regulations related to "public charge" needs our attention. The revised regulations, if put into place, would mean that the Department of Homeland Security would work to deport legal permanent residents who have never committed a crime and have consistently maintained legal immigration status for the simple reason that they are low income and needed temporary assistance such as food stamps.

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April 12, 2018
Department of Justice Decision to Halt Legal Orientation Program increases taxpayer expense and harms immigrant families in the community

Read our response to this latest decision here.


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Early 2018- 

In early 2018, PIRC will partner with local organizations to conduct legal clinics.  Attendees will receive Know Your Rights training as well as an opportunity to meet with a legal service provider for a screening of their individual cases.  For more information, email Alexa at [email protected].

English Flyer // Spanish Flyer

A comienzos de 2018, PIRC se asociara con organizaciones locales para llevar a cabo las clinicas legales. Los asistentes recibiran una capacitacion sobre sus derechos y tambien oportunidades de reunirse con un  proveedor de servicios legalles para que les de una proyeccion de sus casos. Para mayor informacion contactarse via email con Alexa [email protected].

March 24 2018 / February 24 2018- In partnership with the Catholic Charities of Harrisburg and CASA, PIRC will be offering a Know Your Rights Information Session for community members who would like to prepare in the event of an encounter with Immigration Enforcement Officials. Call 717-600-8099 for more information.

English Flyer// Spanish Flyer


January 2018- Remember to check out our Updates page to access current information and resources on immigration-related news!


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