It has been more than a year since the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.’s (CLINIC) Religious Immigration Services (RIS) section began taking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases. Back on June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new process, granting relief to undocumented young people who came to the United States as children and do not have proper immigration documents. This new program allowed these young people to have work authorization and stay in the country without the threat of deportation.
Although the successes of immigrant entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley’s technology industry are well known, the startling reality is that Silicon Valley’s legal support infrastructure cannot accommodate the high number of low-income immigrants in need of legal immigration services. According to The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, 36% of the population of Sa
An incredible story of perseverance, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland has recently reconstituted its immigration legal services (ILS) program, with two full time attorneys and a full time Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative. Over 780 immigration consultations have been provided since 2011, and the program expects to generate 28% of its budget in fee income this year. The program’s current success is no small feat and was achieved with considerable effort over the last three years. Cleveland’s story is a case study for CLINIC’s capacity building services a
This weekend, in recognition of the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita and the National Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking, thousands of churches across the country will join together in prayer to end human trafficking.
We recently asked program directors to recommend outstanding staff for a series of affiliate highlights and Ouranitsa Abbas was identified for her extraordinary work immediately!
Managing Attorney at Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Esperanza Center, Adonia Simpson, explains “Ouranitsa is a key member of our team and integral in doing the work we do each day. Her compassion and dedication amaze me every day.”
For over three years, Jason Dzubow, of Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC, has volunteered as a screener for CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project, which matches vulnerable asylum-seekers and lawful permanent residents with pro bono counsel to bring their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). This month Jason was recognized as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Immigration Attorneys in the Washington, D.C. area for the second year in a row.
Dear friends of CLINIC,
The month of January, following National Migration week, brings us additional opportunities to reflect on opportunities of pastoral care for our immigrant families.
As we work together in the sometime complicated world of R-1s, F-1s, and so on, there are always individuals and families behind these letters with real needs and real concerns who have come to us because they see us as a family of Faith, the Body of Christ, and they often do not know where else to turn.
CLINIC's National Capacity Building Project, funded by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship, has provided technical assistance and funding to four local affiliate agencies to establish new programs in English as a Second Language (ESL)/citizenship education and/or naturalization application assistance.
My recent visit to Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Texas, illuminated just how ready this program is for comprehensive immigration reform. With a bit of innovation, some grant funding, and overall agency support, the program manager of Immigration Consultation Services (ICS), Xergio Chacin, is busy trying out new ideas, stocking his program with the proper equipment and tools, and practicing larger-scale models of group processing in order to be prepared for significant immigration law changes.
Thanks to my Felician Congregation, and to CLINIC, who put tremendous work in my next applications, permissions, and visas, I can now serve my Lord, free of worries, in the place where He wants me to be.