CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration has added to last year’s book list on books to read with children. These books touch on the importance of diversity and the journeys families make to become U.S. citizens. This year, we included several book recommendations for the adult reader and a short Netflix documentary!
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.
The Catholic Multicultural Center collaborates with local medical clinics to promote immigrant integration by training medical staff on the logistics of filing N-648 and N-400 forms.
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.
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.
La Unión F.C. is part of the unaccompanied minors program at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York. The team fosters immigrant youth leadership development while creating a safe and welcoming community.
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.
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.
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.
There are many aspects to consider before a permanent resident travels outside of the U.S., especially if they are leaving the country for a long period of time. This article offers helpful tips for the traveling permanent resident.