CLINIC launched the Defending Vulnerable Populations Program in response to growing anti-immigrant sentiment and policy measures that hurt immigrants. Changes in federal policies since January 2017 have targeted millions of immigrants for deportation by ending or limiting avenues to a legal status; separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the border; barring people from certain majority-Muslim countries; slashing the number of refugees admitted to the United States; forcing asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while they apply for protection; eroding due process in immigration court proceedings and much more.
The DVP Program has the following objectives:
This training is geared towards partial accredited representatives who want to qualify and apply for full accreditation in order to represent their clients in immigration court. Learn all you need to know to be an effective court advocate!
The BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project matches vulnerable immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA. One of the nation's most successful pro bono initiatives, the BIA Project partners with attorneys and law school clinics to provide pro bono legal representation to indigent immigrants.
As it has for more than 30 years, CLINIC will fight for the rights of immigrants. CLINIC trains legal representatives who provide high-quality and affordable immigration legal services. We develop and sustain a network of nonprofit programs that serve close to 500,000 immigrants every year. We cultivate projects that support and defend vulnerable immigrant populations by:
History has taught us that people who step up can make a difference. We hope you will join us.
Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. We are based out of Silver Spring, Maryland (Washington, D.C. metropolitan area), with an office in Oakland, California, and additional staff working from locations throughout the country. Questions and inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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