Join CLINIC for a day of Congressional advocacy on behalf of the immigrants we serve across the country. Advocacy Day will take place on Tuesday May 21, 2013 as part of CLINIC’s 16th Annual Convening. We will start the day with a preparatory session which will include how-to advocacy tips and a review of talking points and messaging.
Held on February 6, 2013.
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CONTACT: Wendy Rhein
CLINIC APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
February 20, 2013 (Washington DC) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Atkinson to the position of Executive Director, effective March 18, 2013.
Ms. Atkinson currently serves as the Director of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services program for the Archdiocese of Washington. She has worked for Catholic Charities since 1992, directing their highly active and successful legal services program – which operates out of four locations – in 1997 to 1998 and from 2000 to the present. Ms. Atkinson also directs Catholic Charities’ Refugee Center. From 1989 to 1991, she worked as the Legalization Appeals Project Coordinator for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
“CLINIC’s Board of Directors is extremely gratified to have attracted somebody of Jeanne
By Kristina Karpinski
Beginning on February 1, 2013, individuals issued an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy will be required to pay an Immigrant Visa DHS Domestic Processing Fee (USCIS Immigrant Fee) of $165.00. This fee is separate from the immigrant visa fee paid to the Department of State. The new fee covers the cost incurred by USCIS of processing the immigrant visa packet and producing and delivering the permanent resident card once the visa holder is admitted to the United States.
By Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler
CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our member agencies in their work with their communities. We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles that will appear each month in Catholic Legal Immigration News.
Program Director, BIA
Immigration Legal Services
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, San Jose, CA
CLINIC congratulates the following member agency staff on receiving renewal of BIA credentials and full accreditation, respectively:
Sister Ellen Lamberjack, Project Hope – Proyecto Esperanza, Archbold, Ohio, received renewal of her partial BIA accreditation on October 5, 2012.
Pierre Moreau and Joseph Marc Volcy, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark, Newark, NJ, received full BIA accreditation on December 5, 2012.
CLINIC welcomes the following new subscribers:
In September 2012, CLINIC concluded a two-year, national capacity building grant from the USCIS Office of Citizenship. Through this grant, CLINIC provided flow-through funding and technical assistance to four local affiliates to help them establish new programs in citizenship education and/or citizenship legal services. The four affiliates were Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY; Catholic Charities of Cleveland, OH; Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan; and Catholic Charities of Stockton, CA. The goals of this project were to expand citizenship services for lawful perma