CLINIC Executive Director Named Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman
By: Wendy Rhein
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CLINIC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES OMBUDSMAN
Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2012) - [En Español] -The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is honored to announce that Maria M. Odom, CLINIC's executive director, has been appointed as the next Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman. As CIS Ombudsman, Ms. Odom will lead the Ombudsman's Office in providing assistance to the public, while also recommending ways USCIS can improve the delivery of immigration services and benefits.
Ms. Odom has served as CLINIC's executive director since September 2009. During her tenure the organization has grown to support a network of over 200 charitable legal programs; innovated its legal training to offer e-learning courses on immigration law; and participated in large scale national initiatives impacting the lives of thousands of immigrants in the U.S.
Donald Kerwin will serve as acting executive director of CLINIC effective September 17. Mr. Kerwin is the executive director of the Center for Migration Studies and served as CLINIC's executive director from 1994 to 2008.
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