Advocacy

CLINIC tackles problems faced by low-income immigrants and our member agencies that can only be resolved through advocacy, education, pro bono representation, litigation and media. CLINIC's advocacy effort identifies legal trends and issues affecting immigrants and pursues responsive solution. Our advocacy team prioritizes its advocacy agenda in concert with its member agencies. It also collaborates with Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

At the national level, our advocacy effort focuses on administrative advocacy with officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). At the local level, we support the efforts of advocates working to combat state and local anti-immigrant measures. To increase representation to detained immigrants, we coordinate with the Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project. 

Because documentation and media coverage of the human impact of U.S. immigration polices are crucial to advocacy efforts that seek to create a more just immigration system, CLINIC documents and facilitates media coverage of the challenges facing immigrants served by its network. It also provides support to its member and colleague agencies engaged in media outreach.