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  • Jul 31, 2015: Reflections on My Religious Life
    Jul 31, 2015: I grew up in Denver Colorado in a pious Catholic family, the middle of three children.  Both of my parents considered the possibility of entering religious life when they were young people, so the thought of a priestly or religious vocation for us children was always present alongside that of the married state.  I attended the parish school, and then went on to an all-boys Catholic preparatory school run by the Jesuit Fathers.  It was there that I first met religious order priests, and it was there in high school that I first seriously considered becoming a priest and...
  • Jul 24, 2015: Reflections on My Religious Life
    Jul 24, 2015: I grew up in Denver Colorado in a pious Catholic family, the middle of three children.  Both of my parents considered the possibility of entering religious life when they were young people, so the thought of a priestly or religious vocation for us children was always present alongside that of the married state.  I attended the parish school, and then went on to an all-boys Catholic preparatory school run by the Jesuit Fathers.  It was there that I first met religious order priests, and it was there in high school that I first seriously considered becoming a priest and...
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    Jul 24, 2015: RIS Legal Interns Reflect on Their Internship Experience at CLINIC
    Jul 24, 2015: Read about two interns' experiences working at CLINIC.
  • Jul 17, 2015: CLINIC Welcomes Isabel Saavedra to the CARA Pro Bono Project
    Jul 17, 2015: CLINIC is pleased to welcome Isabel Saavedra to the CARA Pro Bono Project to assist the women and children detained at the Dilley, Texas detention facility (Southern Texas Family Residential Center). As an attorney for CLINIC, Isabel will primarily assist in project management and the coordination of volunteers. We pray for her important work and that of Brian Hoffman, Lead CARA Project Attorney, and project volunteers as they continue to facilitate due process for vulnerable asylees on the ground.
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    Jul 14, 2015: The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border
    Jul 14, 2015: “Children’s lives are at stake.” These poignant words were written by Jeanne Atkinson; CLINIC’s Executive Director, in an article posted to Roll Call last month, and they could not be more accurate. In 2014, our nation witnessed an unprecedented increase in the immigration of unaccompanied migrant children and families fleeing persecution in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. On July 7, 2015, a hearing was held by the U.S.
  • Jul 10, 2015: Accompanying Refugees at Berks Family Detention Center
    Jul 10, 2015: I don’t understand all the paperwork, but I trust God and I trust my lawyer will do a good job representing me.
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    Jul 7, 2015: FaithAction ID Card: Turning Strangers into Neighbors
    Jul 7, 2015: FaithAction International House, a CLINIC affiliate led by Reverend David Fraccaro, is making great strides in promoting and encouraging immigrant integration within the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Jul 2, 2015: Living the Dream: Welcoming New American Citizens
    Jul 2, 2015: “I hereby declare, on oath,…that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies…so help me God."

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  • Jun 24, 2016: Family Detention Detrimental to Children
    Jun 24, 2016: Central American asylum seekers continue to suffer in family detention and, due to Senate funding cuts, legal representation remains out of reach for many unaccompanied minors.  CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson urges necessary funding for legal support, due process for unaccom
  • Jun 20, 2015: CARA Pro Bono Attorneys Provide Crucial Services to Detained Asylum Seekers
    Jun 20, 2015: Volunteers attorneys at the two South Texas immigrant detention centers in Dilley and Karnes County are making a difference for detained Central American asylum seekers.  The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, an initiative of CLINIC, t
  • Jun 12, 2015: Bishops Describe Inhumane Practice of Family Detention
    Jun 12, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors reported on the Catholic Church’s migration-related work in the United States at the U.S. Bishops’ Spring Annual Assembly.  Bishop Soto described the efforts of CLINIC staff to provide legal services at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
  • Jun 11, 2015: Bishops: Holding Families at Detention Centers a Violation of International Law
    Jun 11, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors addressed the June 2015 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis.
  • Jun 10, 2015: South Texas Residential Center Receives Child Care License
    Jun 10, 2015: The South Texas Residential Center in Dilley, Texas received a Temporary Shelter Program  certificate on May 22, 2015.
  • May 28, 2015: Catholic Immigration Advocates Disappointed by Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Decision
    May 28, 2015: On May 26, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals maintained a stay of the injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  “Obviously, we're extremely disappointed,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, explains on behalf of the organization and its network of community legal immigration programs.  “Every day makes a difference” for parents, children, and siblings of lawful residents.  Source:  Catholic News Agency.  Read the Article.  May 28, 2015. 
  • May 28, 2015: CARA Volunteers Blocked from Detention Facility
    May 28, 2015: Two CARA (The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council and the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Education and Legal Services, and AILA) volunteers have been barred from entrance to South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.  These and other volunteers provide critical support to detained asylum seekers in need of legal representation.  “We see 80 to 100 clients a day so having two more people who both speak Spanish and can talk to clients and can help with paperwork, we can see more clients,” explains Brian Hoffman, an attorney...
  • May 27, 2015: Catholic Reaction to Continued Hold on Immigration Action
    May 27, 2015: EWTN’s News Nightly highlights the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne M. Atkinson and FAIR’s Dan Stein react to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to maintain a temporary halt of Executive Action.  The segment begins at 10:12. Source:  EWTN News Nightly.  Read the article.  May 27, 2015. 

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  • Jul 31, 2015: Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers
    Jul 31, 2015: Mothers Lodge Complaint with DHS Offices for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Inspector GeneralWashington, DC— Today, ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS).  The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to a
  • Jul 27, 2015: Incarcerated Children and Mothers Denied Due Process and Critical Information Before Release
    Jul 27, 2015: SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to account for the cascade of due process violations and detrimental practices at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas.
  • Jun 24, 2015: CLINIC: Family Detention is Neither Effective Nor Humane
    Jun 24, 2015: June 24, 2015 Maura Moser, Director of Communications mmoser@cliniclegal.org | 301 565-4830  
  • Jun 16, 2015: CLINIC Attorney Michelle Mendez to be Honored with Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award
    Jun 16, 2015: Washington, DC – CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez has been named this year’s recipient of the prestigious Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association/AILA.   The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 20 at the annual AILA convention at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.  
  • Apr 15, 2015: CLINIC Applauds Obama Administration’s Historic Efforts to Promote and Support Immigrant...
    Apr 15, 2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​Contact: Maura Moser, Director of Communications(301) 565-4830 or Email: mmoser@cliniclegal.orgApril 15, 2015 CLINIC Applauds Obama Administration’s Historic Efforts to Promote and Support Immigrant Integration
  • Mar 31, 2015: Immigrants’ Rights Groups to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Children and Their Mothers Detained...
    Mar 31, 2015: Immigrants’ Rights Groups Announce Plans to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Children and Their Mothers Detained in Texas   March 31, 2015
  • Feb 17, 2015: CLINIC Confident US Fifth Court of Appeals Will Reject Lawsuit on Legality of the President's...
    Feb 17, 2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maura Moser, Director of Communications (301) 565-4830 or Email: mmoser@cliniclegal.org February 17, 2015 CLINIC CONFIDENT US FIFTH COURT OF APPEALS WILL REJECT LAWSUIT ON LEGALITY OF THE PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS  
  • Jan 22, 2015: FirstGEN Welcomes New Partner, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
    Jan 22, 2015: WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2015 – The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) welcome Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) as a new partner, to expand the First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) program.

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  • Sep 26, 2014: Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger
    Sep 26, 2014: The debate over the large-scale migration of children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico has characteristically devolved into political theater. Perversely, as the evidence builds regarding the dangers that have driven the children's flight, opposition remains high in Congress and the Administration to a fair and full review of their claims to protection under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA).
  • Nov 11, 2013: First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN)
    Nov 11, 2013: FirstGEN is a ten-week, summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education. These individuals must be passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Fellows gain hands-on experience working on civil rights matters as full time Public Policy and Social Justice interns while also participating in a parallel advocacy training program. FirstGEN creates a greater community of advocates by linking emerging leaders with existing ones and by creating a FirstGEN alumni network. Each fellow...
  • Oct 4, 2013: Tropical Storm Karen Guidance
    Oct 4, 2013: DHS has just issued the attached tropical storm guidance, identical to guidance issued during past storms, to encourage immigrant communities to evacuate and seek shelter without fear of immigration enforcement actions. Since all the DHS technical staff have been furloughed, the department and components have no way to post this guidance on their websites. They are seeking our help in distributing it.
  • Oct 1, 2013: Update from the NBC on Provisional Waivers
    Oct 1, 2013: On September 26-27, 2013, CLINIC conducted a two-day training in Kansas City on provisional adjudication of unlawful presence waivers. The training included a presentation by Robert Blackwood, Assistant Section Director for Adjudications at the National Benefits Center (NBC), who gave an update on the waiver adjudication process at the NBC and answered questions from training participants. A summary of the information he provided appears below.
  • Sep 24, 2013: New Policy on Minors and False Claims to U.S. Citizenship
    Sep 24, 2013: In two separate letters to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that both federal agencies are adopting a new policy regarding minors who make false claims to citizenship.
  • Jul 31, 2013: CLINIC has a new home!
    Jul 31, 2013: As of Monday, July 29, CLINIC’s National office will relocate from the Theological College in Washington, D.C. to nearby Silver Spring, Maryland. The new office location will allow CLINIC to offer trainings in-house and consolidate D.C.-based staff into a single location.CLINIC’s new contact information is8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 850Silver Spring, Maryland.Main telephone: 301-565-4800Main fax: 301-565-4824 We look forward to seeing you in our new space!
  • Jun 28, 2013: CLINIC Welcomes Senate Vote on Immigration Reform, Notes More Work to Be Done
    Jun 28, 2013: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) commends the United States Senate for voting in favor of important changes to the nation’s broken immigration system. Yesterday, the Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Competitiveness, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The measure includes significant reforms to family- and employment-based immigration programs, provides an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and provides for additional enforcement measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Jun 26, 2013: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 26, 2013: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.

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