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‘We Belong Here’, Hartford Public Library

Apr 8, 2015
Louise Marie Puck

Hartford Public Library, a BIA Recognized CLINIC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a unique and effective immigrant integration program, which includes a range of legal and educational services to immigrants. The ‘We Belong Here’ program, led by Homa Naficy, is a powerful addition to the growing number of local integration initiatives nationwide.

Year of Consecrated Life: A Religious Vocation, a Learning Adventure

Feb 26, 2015

The reasons for which I became a Franciscan Minor Brother are rooted in my childhood.

In the 1960’s, when television entered our home for the first time, I was introduced to the outside world. Specifically,  documentaries showed me images of children suffering from malnourishment. Being from a poor, Spanish farming family of 13 brothers and sisters, I immediately identified with the extreme poverty, suffering, and malnutrition of those children. I remember telling my mom:  “mom, I want to do something for them.” 

2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees: "Church without Frontiers, Mother to All"

Jan 16, 2015
Tessa W. McKenzie

Pope Francis’ message for the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees embraces the theme Church without frontiers, Mother to all.  Celebrated on January 18, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is an opportunity to reflect on our faith and the challenges facing migrants.  Ultimately, the Holy Father urges a “universal network of cooperation, based on safeguarding the dignity and centrality of every human person.”

Sharing the Gift of Citizenship

Sep 15, 2014

On September 17th we celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day across the nation. This observance recognizes not only the signing of the Constitution but also the status of citizenship. In the world of immigration, status can be the difference between wealth and poverty, health and sickness, and admission and deportation.

Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside Readies the Inland Empire

Sep 10, 2014
Martin Gauto

The Inland Empire region of Southern California, east of Los Angeles, is home to over one million foreign-born persons. Comprised of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Inland Empire (or the “The IE” as it’s known) has a severe shortage of low-cost, professional immigration legal service providers. 

Widian's Story

Mar 12, 2014
Justice for Immigrants Campaign

Raised in a tiny village in Galilee, my father, the eldest of 5 children, was raised by loving parents who made a meager living as poor farmers. My mother, who was raised in an orphanage from a young age by a community of Sisters in Jerusalem, married my father at seventeen. During my childhood, my father worked as a mechanic and my mother as a teacher. While our home was filled with love, my parents recognized that their children would have better opportunities for education, advancement, and success in the U.S.

In their Own Words: Affiliates Urge Cooperation to End Notario Fraud

Sep 16, 2011
Sue Colussy

Several government agencies including United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Department of Justice’s Civil Division have joined forces to participate in the Administration’s Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law Initiative.

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