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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.

BIA issues decision restricting eligibility for cancellation of removal and contradicting U.S. Supreme Court decision

Jun 28, 2019

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision limiting the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Pereira v. Sessions, 138 S. Ct. 2105 (2018). In the decision, the BIA concluded that even though, pursuant to Pereira, a notice to appear lacking hearing time and place information does not trigger the “stop-time” rule for cancellation of removal, service of a hearing notice “perfects” the deficient notice to appear and stops time.

How peer mentorship can foster career growth for legal practitioners

Jun 28, 2019
Elnora Bassey and Graciela ‘Grace’ Mateo

Two CLINIC attorneys for Religious Immigration Services share tips for developing a fruitful and meaningful peer mentorship. They reflect on the interactions and professional relationship two colleagues can foster to advance their growth as legal practitioners in the field of immigration law.

BIA decision will prevent some noncitizens from pursuing non-LPR cancellation of removal

Jun 28, 2019
Victoria Neilson

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision, Matter of Andrade Jaso & Carbajal Ayala, 27 I&N Dec. 557 (BIA 2019), which will prevent some noncitizens in removal proceedings from pursuing lawful permanent residence through non-LPR cancellation of removal. The decision finds that filing for asylum in a manner that is an “abuse” of the asylum system for the purpose of being placed in removal proceedings is sufficient reason for the immigration judge to grant the Department of Homeland Security’s motion to terminate proceedings.