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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Protecting Rights, Respecting Dignity

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. At CLINIC, we are ever mindful of the need to advocate for the protection of the most vulnerable immigrants. Those who are detained face significant barriers to asserting their legal claims to remain in the United States. People living with mental disabilities are doubly vulnerable and face an impossible task when the government seeks to expel them from the country. Indeed, disabled immigrants often merit humanitarian protection precisely because of their heightened vulnerability, but may be unable to articulate their need for protection to the authorities.

Eighteen States Offer Prenatal Care to Undocumented Immigrant Women (Nov. 2013)

Under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, undocumented pregnant women are ineligible for federally-funded prenatal care.[1]  The Act also denies them access to care funded by state and local governments, unless the state passes a law affirmatively extending eligibility to unauthorized immigrants.[2]  In 2002, the U.S.

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

Click here to download the PowerPoint Slides This webinar reviews 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 also provide proactive and defensive advocacy strategies. Finally, they address the state-level immigration policy outlook for 2014. Held on: 11/22/13 Presenters:

Documenting Immigration Abuse

With the support of the Four Freedoms Fund, and in conjunction with other immigrant right organizations,[1] 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. 

Significant Victory for Alabama Immigrants as Legal Settlement Delivers Final Blow to HB56 (Nov 2013)

     What was arguably the most reprehensible state anti-immigrant law in the country - Alabama’s HB 56 - has finally been defeated! Last month, a settlement was reached in two lawsuits challenging Alabama’s infamous law which sought to make life so difficult for the undocumented that they would leave the state of their own volition.  The terms agreed to by the State of Alabama put an end to the two lawsuits (Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v.

CLINIC's Legislative Priorities

CLINIC supports the legislative advocacy efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Migration and Refugee Services, including the priorities outlined below.    1. Comprehensive Immigration Reform

CLINIC Administrative Advocacy Priorities: 2014

Each year CLINIC presents its Administrative Advocacy Priorities for the coming year to the board of directors for review and approval. These priorities serve as a guide for the work of CLINIC’s Advocacy section and the Executive Office in its dealings with USCCB, the federal government, and nongovernmental partners. The full list of Administrative Advocacy Priorities follows.  

Webinar: CIR 2013-'14: The Road Forward from the Church’s Perspective

Webinar held on 11/1/13
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.

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