CLINIC’s network grew in one big step in February with the addition of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service agencies: 26 organizations with an additional 11 sub-offices. The CLINIC network stands at about 360 organizations with affiliates now in the District of Columbia and 49 states (lacking only Wyoming). LIRS and CLINIC have long had partnerships on different fronts. In the 1990s they cofounded the Detention Watch Network. At about the same time, LIRS contracted to use CLINIC’s attorney-of-the-day hotline for its affiliates that offered immigration legal services. The legal staff of LIRS agencies have long taken CLINIC immigration trainings.
In a Jun. 2018 meeting, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, the Latino Chamber of Commerce and several city officials grappled with the troubling fact that the local immigrant community was uncomfortable reporting a crime to the police. To address the issue, the organizations developed a plan for community integration that included sustained collaborations and community outreach.
"Luisa" is the most recent individual freed with the help of the Remote Bond Project, which recruits pro bono attorneys from across the country to represent detainees in their bond hearings.
Immigrant Legal Center, an affiliate of the Justice For Our Neighbors network, joins the Rural Community Inclusion Partnership to over come barriers immigrants and the underrepresented face in rural parts of Nebraska.
Neighboring community institutions, St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and Purple Sage Elementary School in Austin, Texas, both put on Las Posadas Navideñas celebrations to bring all members of their community together.
Many of the traditions that we typically associate with Christmas have their origins in other countries. Immigrants, eager to celebrate a familiar and important holiday in their new home, shared their customs with neighbors who adopted them and added their own. Here are a few examples of beloved Christmas traditions integration has given us.
Get to know our newest RIS attorney, Elnora Bassey. She is a second generation immigrant and our resident Jersey girl.
Anna Marie Gallagher will join CLINIC as executive director effective Feb. 1, 2019. Gallagher’s selection was announced on Nov. 27 by Bishop Kevin J. Vann, chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California.
Not all of the food on our tables today was eaten at the first Thanksgiving. Many traditional American dishes have been shaped by immigrant contributions over the years. Here are just of the few of the reasons we should thank other cultures for our delicious meals.