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Webinar: Advocating to Protect Unaccompanied Children in Your Community

September 26th

2:00 - 3:30 pm (est)

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As unaccompanied children relocate from the Southern border to reside with family members across the United States and await their immigration hearings, communities are eager to respond. This webinar will provide updates on where the children are living, their impact on local communities, and steps you can take to welcome them. Panelists will provide specific suggestions for local advocacy on behalf of young migrants seeking safety in our country – how to educate community members and how to persuade policymakers to ensure access to much-needed legal representation, education, healthcare, and other social services.



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Webinar: Children Traveling Alone: The Catholic Church’s Response

 Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the unaccompanied children entering the United States.   We will discuss why they are coming, where they are staying, what services the Church is providing, and how you can help.  
Panelists will include experts on the root causes of migration from Central America and the emergency, social, and legal services available to these minor children. 



  • Sarah Bronstein, Senior Attorney, CLINIC
  • Richard Jones, Deputy Regional Director for Global Solidarity and Justice in L. America and the Caribbean, Catholic Relief Services
  • Kim Burgo, Senior Director Disaster Response Operations, Catholic Charities USA
  • Kristyn Peck, Associate Director of Children’s Services, Migration and Refugee Services, USCCB
  • Martin Gauto, Field Support Coordinator, CLINIC
  • Ashley Feasley, Immigration Policy Advisor, Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, USCCB
  • Allison Posner, Director of Advocacy, CLINIC

 Register for "Children Traveling Alone: The Catholic Church’s Response"

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar. For questions or additional information contact Maura Moser at

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2013 CLINIC Affiliate Survey- Understanding the Survey Results and Generating Reports

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: Free 

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Mary Gautier, Ph.D. from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) will highlight the results of CLINIC's 2013 Affiliate Survey with a general overview of membership, services provided, staffing, client characteristics, and use of training and support services. Affiliates will learn how they can access the survey information online and generate reports for a variety of purposes.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

 For questions or additional information contact Pat Maloof at

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Immigration Advocacy: From Capitol Hill to Your Neighborhood

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time

Cost: Free

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This free webinar is for current and aspiring immigrant advocates on a grassroots level. Whether you are on Diocesan staff, a legal service provider, a member of a religious community, or a parishioner who wants to get more involved to help immigrants in your parish, please join us.

Immigration laws and policies come from the federal government but immigrants' lives are also impacted by state and local laws and policies. We will provide an overview of the role each level of government plays in regulating the lives and livelihoods of immigrants. You will learn about our broken federal immigration system and what you can do to help convince Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. We will also cover the limited role of the Executive Branch in setting immigration policies. Finally, we will discuss the types of laws and policies that state and local governments around the country are passing on such important matters as higher education, driver's licenses, immigration fraud, and police involvement in immigration enforcement, both pro-immigrant integration measures as well as restrictive anti-immigrant ones. In addition to learning about these issues, you will acquire tools and strategies for advocating to change policies and practices in your communities.


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For questions or additional information contact Jen Riddle at

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Webinar Series: Hot Topics in Immigration Advocacy



The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)


the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

  invite you to participate in a series of free Friday webinars during the month of November.

November 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern / 11:00-12:30 pm Pacific


These webinars are for immigrant and social justice advocates, legal service providers, faith leaders, community organizers, and others working with and on behalf of immigrants and will address the following important issues:


Upcoming Webinars


State and Local Immigration Laws:  Recap of 2013 and Outlook for 2014

Friday, November 22, 2013

This webinar will review some of the anti-immigrant and pro-immigrant laws passed by states in 2013 on topics including state-issued identification and driver’s licenses, refugee resettlement, immigration enforcement, and access to higher education. Panelists will also address the state-level immigration policy outlook for 2014. 

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 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining each webinar. 


Past Webinars

Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013-2014: The Road Forward from the Church’s Perspective

Friday, November 1, 2013

This webinar will look at the legislation and politics which will shape the debate on immigration reform in the House of Representatives, explaining the Church’s position on individual bills and the strategy for winning final legislation the Church can support.  Panelists will discuss proper messaging for the House debate and share tactics for getting these messages out to influence a positive final outcome.

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Recent Trends in State and Local Immigration Enforcement

Friday, November 8, 2013

This webinar will provide an overview of collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement agencies through the Criminal Alien Program, 287(g) Partnerships, and Secure Communities as well as the use of ICE detainers to identify potentially deportable individuals in state or local custody.  Panelists will address how these programs harm American families and communities and suggest ways to advocate on a state and local level against their continuation.

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Immigration Detention: Perspectives from D.C. and the Field

Friday, November 15, 2013

 This webinar will address immigration detention, including the federal mandate requiring the detention of certain immigrants, the recent rise of immigration detention, and alternatives to detention. Additionally, the panel will include local perspectives on the effects of detention facilities on communities and how local stakeholders can help combat this national phenomenon.

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