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.
It’s the start of a new year, Congress is back in session, and people are, of course, asking me for the scoop on the prospects of immigration reform. I’m feeling good about 2014. Here are four reasons why.
National Migration Week 2014 has begun and the theme, “Out of Darkness,” calls to my mind the inspiring efforts of the CLINIC network striving to be a light to our fellow sisters and brothers in need. I recently spoke with a staff member at one affiliate organization that I believe embodies the spirit of this week -- the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!).