it also began serving Central Pennsylvania, southern New
Jersey and the state of Delaware. Its main purpose was to
resettle refugees who had passed an immigration interview
overseas and were allowed to come to the United States.
was then behind the “iron curtain.” Later, in 1989, large numbers
of Christian Evangelicals arrived. PRIME has also resettled
refugees from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Vietnam.
Appeals in order to provide Immigration counseling, and since
1996 staff members of PRIME have also been accredited to
represent clients before the Immigration Courts.
number of resettlement caseworkers that could relate to the
various cultural groups because the flow of refugees and the
funding were drastically reduced. At the same time, the staff of
PRIME had gained a certain expertise in representing clients with
the Immigration Service and the Immigration Court, and we
realized that many of these clients did not have the financial
ability to pay a lawyer.
in 2005 to concentrate on helping clients who would otherwise
not understand how to gain immigration benefits and could
easily end up becoming illegal in this country.
asylum, that is, assisting people who are afraid to return to their
home country. In immigration interviews and in the court, unlike
criminal court, free lawyers are not appointed. It has been
estimated by the University of Syracuse that between 2001-2005
9.2% of all asylum claimants in court proceedings had no lawyer,
and that 93% of those without legal representation lost their
including Colombians, Central Americans, Ecuadorians,
Eritreans, Guineans, Jamaicans, Indonesians, Kenyans,
Liberians, Mexicans, Pakistanis, Sudanese, former
Yugoslavians. We have represented women fleeing female
circumcision, people fleeing religious persecution, and
|Give justice to the weak
and the fatherless; maintain
the right of the afflicted
and the destitute.