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Michelle Mendez: Passionate Advocate for Humane Immigration Policy

CLINIC congratulates Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez on her recent award of the prestigious Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association/AILA! How many years have you spent working in immigration?

Responding to the Needs of Children in Immigration Detention

Stories of child migrants leaving their violence-ridden countries in Central America continue to unfold a year after 2014’s record high levels of refugee migration. Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain plagued by crime, mostly associated with drug and gang activity.  Case in point, Honduras has the highest murder rate per capita in the world.  All the while, Mexico’s deportation rate of Central American children has risen, contributing to the decline in the numbers of those who reach the U.S.

Littleton Immigrant Resources Center

Littleton Immigrant Resources Center (LIRC), a Littleton, Colorado-based CLINIC affiliate, is making extensive advancements in the area of immigrant integration. Led by Petula McShiras, this city government funded program emphasizes the importance of community connections in its work to encourage integration. The LIRC offers a cultural exchange between volunteer mentors and immigrants to foster inclusiveness and to encourage an integrated community.

Executive Actions on Immigration: The Critical Role of Consulates in Protecting and Preparing their Nationals

On May 26, 2015, CLINIC, the American Immigration Council (AIC), and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) hosted Executive Actions on Immigration: The Critical Role of Consulates in Protecting and Preparing their Nationals.

CLINIC Welcomes Advocacy Attorney Jill Marie Bussey

CLINIC welcomes Jill Marie Bussey as Advocacy Attorney. Her efforts will engage CLINIC affiliates, other advocates, and government agencies to guide the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Jill focuses on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), enforcement priorities, and other topics.   How have you been involved in immigration advocacy?

Government Officials Address CLINIC’s 15th Annual Convening Plenary

  CLINIC’s 15th annual Convening took place in Salt Lake City, Utah last week.  Each year, the Convening presents an opportunity for dialogue between federal agencies, direct service providers, and advocates on immigration issues affecting communities across the nation.  This year, we were honored to have two distinguished government speakers: León Rodríguez, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Juan P. Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).

Staff Highlight: Minyoung Ohm

Minyoung Ohm is a staff attorney with the Religious Immigration Services Section of CLINIC.  Prior to joining CLINIC, she was an associate attorney at Carliner & Remes in Washington D.C. and practiced immigration law in a variety of areas, including asylum, family-based visa petitions, and business immigration matters.  She graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 2003.

Pentecost: Celebrating the Missionary Call

The Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to go forth and preach the joy of the Gospel. At Pentecost, we recognize this special time to celebrate the missionary call. We are inspired by all who, like you, have heard this call and pursued their vocations, no matter the obstacles on their journey. Obstacles of immigration status are all too familiar to foreign born religious workers like Sr. Maria. Having crossed the border into the United States at fourteen years old, Maria didn’t have the papers necessary to pursue her calling to religious life.

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