Refugees naturalize at a higher rate than other, non-refugee immigrants, yet they often face serious challenges in the naturalization process due to advanced age, disabilities, low income, limited English proficiency, and low levels of literacy. Refugees also face challenges to civic participation such as language and cultural barriers, unfamiliarity with U.S. civic institutions, and reluctance to get involved in community affairs due to negative experiences in their native countries.
With the support of the Four Freedoms Fund, and in conjunction with other immigrant right organizations, CLINIC is tracking trends in immigration enforcement abuse in order to form a litigation strategy. To support this goal, CLINIC is asking affiliates to share information about cases that may be in need of litigation before state, local, and federal court systems.
Registration is now open for CLINIC’s 13th Annual Convening in New Orleans, LA at the JW Marriot in the French Quarter. With the economy still lagging, trainings can be a burden on any program’s budget, but the CLINIC Annual Convening should not be missed. Plan to be in New Orleans May 19-21.
CLINIC Executive Director Maria Odom talks with Tu Companero Catolico about immigration and her new role at CLINIC.