We are proud to announce that Farhan Ali, an associate attorney at our firm, has been appointed as a Board Member to the Board of Directors for HIAS Pennsylvania. Farhan’s appointment begins next month.
HIAS Pennsylvania first started out as the Association for Jewish Immigrants in 1882. For almost 140 years, the organization has epitomized the Jewish ideal of welcoming the stranger and “tzedakah” or generosity, fairness, and charity. HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal, resettlement, citizenship, and supportive services to refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers from all backgrounds and advocates for their fair treatment and full integration into American society. From 2018 to 2019, HIAS served over 4,100 clients from 128 countries and opened more than 5,200 new cases.
HIAS Pennsylvania fulfills its mission through four main programs, which are:
Through these programs, HIAS Pennsylvania is able to provide supportive social and legal services to vulnerable, at-risk immigrant populations like the elderly, disabled individuals, children, and victims of torture, crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Not only has HIAS helped families separated from one another to reunite and stay together, but they also train different types of professionals (e.g. social workers, healthcare staff, lawyers, and school personnel) to better serve immigrant and refugee communities.
Farhan served as a Board Observer on HIAS Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors for the last year. The Board Observer program is an award-winning program, which affords young attorneys the opportunity to learn more about nonprofit management and volunteerism. As a new member of the Board of Directors, Farhan will join the ranks of other dedicated social servants who work to ensure that HIAS Pennsylvania makes sound legal and ethical decisions. Board Members are also responsible for monitoring and strengthening the organization’s existing programs and community-based services.
While in law school at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, Farhan was acting Secretary of the Student Bar Association and President of the South Asian Law Student Association. After being nationally recognized by Temple’s Trial Advocacy Program, Farhan went on to receive the Lena L. Hale Award for outstanding extracurricular activities. As an Indian citizen, Farhan is fluent in English, Malayalam, and Hindi. He is also admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you would like to learn more about Farhan or speak to a member of his legal team, contact a representative online now who can help.
Galfand Berger has offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.