Do you have today, December 10th, Human Rights Day, marked on your calendar? Human Rights Day was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the adoption and resolution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration is recognized as a major humanitarian and diplomatic achievement, furthering international obligations to uphold the dignity of every person.
Jeanne M. Atkinson is the Executive Director of CLINIC. From November 16-23, she participated in a delegation led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to southern Mexico and Central America to explore the issue of unaccompanied migrant children.
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. At CLINIC, we are ever mindful of the need to advocate for the protection of the most vulnerable immigrants. Those who are detained face significant barriers to asserting their legal claims to remain in the United States. People living with mental disabilities are doubly vulnerable and face an impossible task when the government seeks to expel them from the country. Indeed, disabled immigrants often merit humanitarian protection precisely because of their heightened vulnerability, but may be unable to articulate their need for protection to the authorities.
There’s no question that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has touched the lives of thousands of young people and, in turn, continues to inspire activism for immigration reform, transcending communities to inform federal action. At CLINIC, we are moved by the journeys of so many DREAMers. One such inspirational young woman is Denia Perez, the nation’s first Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited DREAMer.
CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities. We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News.
Left to Right: Martin Gauto, CLINIC, My-Hanh Luu, Elsa Ornelas, Sandra Molina, Oras Mohammed, and Simona Botezatu of Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties in California meeting on October 21, 2013 to discuss preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).
On Election Day, it can seem like a burden to wake up early and stand in line at your local polling place, but the ability to vote is a prized benefit of citizenship and an important step in the journey to full integration in the United States. The benefits of citizenship are numerous and the CLINIC network has long advocated naturalization for all eligible permanent residents.
Recent tragedies off the coasts of Lampedusa, Italy and Florida, involving shipwrecked men, women, and children fill the screen and illuminate the harsh realities prompting international migration.
CLINIC wishes to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles appearing monthly.