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Playing the long game

Aug 29, 2019

Photo courtesy of Faith in Indiana.

Leya Speasmaker

Immigrant integration begins at the local level. Community members need opportunities to engage with neighbors on efforts that are mutually beneficial. Change is incremental and, therefore, slow. But it is only by playing the long game that temporary change becomes permanent.

Reflections on two eye-opening summer projects

Jul 31, 2019
Minaldy Cadet

CLINIC’s Communications department undertakes a wide range of tasks. As an intern in the department, I supported CLINIC’s social media presence and database organization and conducted initial research on a variety of immigration-related topics, most of them the typical assignments of an internship in the field. I did not expect, however, that my interest and passions would align so well with my work at CLINIC.

An expanded perspective of a summer college intern at CLINIC

Jul 31, 2019
Alondra Vazquez Lopez

A summer internship at CLINIC has exposed me to the new realities of the immigration world and the work and people trying to change those injustices. For one particular project, I supported a Tijuana-based program for asylum seekers at the border, which resonated with my family’s experiences with immigration and expanded my perspective and insight to current socio-political issues.

My experience as a volunteer at an improvised migrant shelter in Yuma

Jul 31, 2019
Jenny Cachaya, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

During her week-long mission at an improvised migrant family shelter in Yuma, AZ, Jenny encountered a young mother from Guatemala who had been separated from her 4-year-old daughter. Working through a language barrier, Jenny was faced with the insurmountable task of locating her daughter and reunifying the family.

Rapid response in Dallas

Jul 31, 2019

Rapid response toolkit session at CLINIC Convening 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.

Nubia Torres, Catholic Charities of Dallas

As Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity increases every day, so does the fear and concerns of immigrants in the United States. This has made nonprofit organizations and coalitions work together and prepare to rapidly respond when needed. Catholic Charities of Dallas partnered with CLINIC to develop a Rapid Response Toolkit based on best practices.

CLINIC welcomes Etsegenet Kedir Mohammed: A professional with a global perspective

Jul 15, 2019
Ileana Cortes Santiago

A new paralegal joined the Religious Immigration Services team on Feb. 20, and she brings with her a breadth of experience and a global perspective. Etsegenet Kedir has studied and worked in Africa, Europe and North America. At CLINIC, she looks forward to continuing the type of work that upholds the rights and dignity of immigrants while supporting religious workers as they fulfill their faith’s mission.