Celebrating 25 Years in 2021

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) is excited to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021. The public is invited and encouraged to attend our 25th anniversary event series.




On June 6, 1993, the Golden Venture ship ran aground with approximately 286 Chinese nationals aboard. Within two days, these men and women were transported by the INS to the county jail in York, Pennsylvania, and other detention facilities across the country. Fleeing political persecution and coercive population control policies, these individuals seeking asylum had no voice in a complicated, American immigration legal system.


The York community responded to the indefinite detention of the Golden Venture passengers with impassioned legal advocacy and a vigilant spirit of community support. Their outrage fueled a shared commitment to the words inscribed on the Supreme Court entrance: Equal Access to Justice. Each person in our nation shall have equal access to justice. From this resolute belief in justice, the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center was formed with the mission of providing equal access to justice to those who have no voice. Today, PIRC continues to serve as a light in the darkness, a voice for the most vulnerable among us, and an advocate for those least able to access justice.




The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), a non-profit organization founded on the belief of equal access to justice, works to protect immigrants’ rights to freedom and opportunity in the United States and save the lives of the most vulnerable immigrants and their families.  PIRC provides free, effective legal representation, legal counsel, education, and advocacy to help immigrants obtain or protect their legal status.





We strive to embody honesty, respect, transparency, and accountability.



We adapt, in work and in life.



We challenge ourselves, others, and our organization to excel through innovation and courage.


Team Communication

We openly provide and accept responsibility, feedback, and support, rooted in trust and safety.



We work in partnership to foster strength and empowerment.



We are intentional and resourceful in our efforts to create change.





Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

PIRC is immensely grateful for continued support from the community. If you are interested in sponsoring an event, our sponsorship levels and associated benefits are outlined in our 2021 Sponsorship Levels document. Please contact us if you have any questions or to start the sponsorship process.

25th Anniversary Events

All events are open to the public. Anyone interested in participating in the virtual book club may sign up for as many or as few books as they would like. To sign up for the virtual book club, please click here.


For more information about the club, please email


Calendar of Events


March 17

Virtual Book Club: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú


June 16

Virtual Book Club and Public Event: The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe ft. discussion panel discussion with Jeff and Cindy Lobach, Byron Borger, and Mary Studzinski


September 15

Virtual Book Club: Detained and Deported by Margaret Regan


September 22

Light of Liberty Award Ceremony (Keynote Speaker: Judge Craig Trebilcock)

Purchase your tickets HERE!



Golden Venture Film Screening and Art Show ft. director Peter Cohn

December 15

Virtual Book Club: America for Americans by Erika Lee

For more information about PIRC’s 25th anniversary, anniversary events, or for press inquiries, please email Development Director Jasmine Greene at


PIRC 25th Anniversary Book Club - September and December Books