Who are CLINIC's members?
CLINIC’s member agencies meet their communities’ urgent needs on a grassroots level. They provide legal services to low-income newcomers without reference to their religion, race, ethnicity, gender or country of origin. Members are Catholic immigration legal service providers staffed by attorneys and/or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives. Many of the staff has backgrounds in law as attorneys or paralegals, in addition to church and community-based work such as pastors, deacons, social workers, and teachers. The majority of staff are not attorneys but authorized practitioners under the BIA. Many are immigrants themselves and some are former clients of CLINIC member agencies. These individuals provide the bulk of the direct, charitable legal services to communities across the country.
CLINIC trains and supports member staff so that they can provide effective, professional and sustainable services to immigrants in greatest need.
Who can be a CLINIC member?
CLINIC’s mission is to extend and improve the legal immigration work principally performed by the Catholic Church in the United States. CLINIC offers membership to Catholic immigration services agencies (not individuals) serving low-income and at-risk immigrants. Separately incorporated, non-profit organizations within the same Catholic diocese shall independently obtain, and not share, CLINIC membership.
Member Benefits for 2018
Catholic-based nonprofits, called members, and their designated staff receive the following benefits:
Legal Training and Mentoring
- Consult with an experienced immigration attorney who has expertise in areas of practice common to nonprofit client’s needs. This benefit often helps nonprofit immigration programs without an attorney in its application for Department of Justice recognition.
- Access CLINIC’s unparalleled resources designed for nonprofit immigration legal representatives and their professional development needs including a wide array of legal immigration toolkits, papers, training manuals, program management tools, and other resources to further enhance your practice and better serve your clients;
- Free access to periodic webinars on unique issues in immigration law and recent changes;
- Discount registration fees for CLINIC’s highly sought in-person, webinars and e- trainings spanning a wide variety of legal and program management topics;
- Discount registration fees to CLINIC’s Annual Convening attended by hundreds of professionals representing the diversity of the U.S.’s immigration population who are nonprofit immigration legal representatives, attorneys in private practice, community advocates, religious workers, labor union staff, refugee resettlement caseworkers and more, gathered for inspirational messages, technical training on immigration law and keen insights into better program management practices;
- Subscription to CLINIC’s monthly e-newsletter, Catholic Legal Immigration News, relaying insightful legal analysis to immigration changes along with compelling stories from CLINIC’s growing and diverse network of affiliates and staff;
- Access to archived newsletters and legal practice updates through a secured web portal making the practice of immigration law less burdensome.
- Receive prompt and thoughtfully researched advocacy updates, including USCIS updates and CLINIC’s notes from stakeholder calls with federal authorities; a newsletter dedicated to advocacy issues; guidance on advocacy strategies; model resolutions for local legislative actions; talking points for local and national advocacy efforts; Op-Eds on urgent immigration topics; and media preparation strategies for local news stories.
- CLINIC member agencies enjoy accessing advocacy staff providing liaison services with federal authorities to resolve individual cases or systemic problems in case processing and adjudications.
- Members also have access to a dedicated attorney helping make local advocacy efforts more effective around state and local regulations, ordinances and legislation impacting immigrants.
Organizational Capacity Building
- New affiliate Program Review Call with a CLINIC Field Support Coordinator assigned to advise your program’s leadership and direct service staff on best to access CLINIC’s services and acquire authorization to practice immigration law without an attorney, if necessary;
- Consultation and technical assistance on starting, sustaining and growing an immigration legal program to meet un-met needs of low-income immigrants in your community;
- Consultation and technical assistance to become an authorized legal immigration service provider through Department of Justice’s agency recognition and staff accreditation – learn from the most experienced nonprofit professionals dedicated to assisting non-attorneys acquire authorization to practice immigration law;
- Consultation and technical assistance on renewing agency recognition and non-attorney staff accreditation status under DOJ regulations;
- Access to a subscriber-restricted section of CLINIC's website where special resources like fundraising templates are stored;
- Consultations with experts on immigrant and community integration initiatives that can make your community more welcoming to newcomers and bond local residents in the process;
- Free registration for program management webinars on best practices and new initiatives not provided by any other nonprofit technical assistance provider;
- Access to CLINIC affiliate program and service data provided in the Annual Affiliate Survey;
- Self-assessment tool designed for program directors who wish to determine which best practices are in full implementation, in-progress or not yet engaged;
- Eligibility to utilize CLINIC’s immigration legal services documentary, “The Story of US” in its 25-minute format or short clips to be used for educating the public about the importance of your organization’s work to welcome newcomers. Receive consultations on event and social media planning using the documentary;
- Eligibility to utilize CLINIC's La Ciudidanía: Cambia Tu Vida multi-media campaign (60-second video and audio messages and print materials) to promote naturalization in Spanish and English media markets;
- Postings and access to CLINIC's web-based Job Board to advertise and search for the best applicants in the country; and
- Access to discount pricing for use of LawLogix’s EDGE immigration case management system (see below).
Pricing discounts, training and certification programs for CLINIC affiliates (members and subscribers) using EDGEtm, the leader in immigrant forms and case management software. CLINIC is a proud user of LawLogix’s case management system and more than one-hundred of CLINIC’s network use it effectively.
How to Apply
- Contact Jeff Chenoweth at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a membership registration form
- Read and affirm CLINIC’s Core Standards for Charitable Immigration Programs
- Read and affirm CLINIC's Membership Agreement and submit the Membership Registration and Renewal Form
- Submit membership dues in full per the amount indicated in the Membership Registration and Renewal Form
Dues are based on the size of the immigration program's budget. The fees for 2017 are:
- $600 for programs with a budget of $50,000 or less
- $800 for programs with a budget of $50,001 to $150,000
- $1,000 for programs with a budget of $150,001 and up
Prospective and renewing member agencies will be invoiced at the beginning of the year when the Membership Registration and Renewal Form is sent. Membership dues must be paid by the deadline indicated in the invoice in order for the member to remain in good standing. CLINIC will send up to two payment reminders.
CLINIC does not provide a payment plan or sliding scale. Members pay a reduced fee of half the annual amount above if the application is approved between July through December. All renewals are invoiced at full, annual amount. Membership dues are invoiced at the beginning of the year when the annual renewal process begins.