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Representing Unaccompanied Children: What to Do and How to Do It

CLINIC Trains Hundreds on Representing Unaccompanied Children

As the news of the large numbers of unaccompanied children apprehended along the border began to break, CLINIC went into high gear to figure out how we could support our affiliates and other service providers inundated with requests for assistance from this vulnerable population.  Training is one of the things CLINIC does best so we started to think about what type of training would be most useful.  My colleague Debbie Smith and I took the lead on developing the curriculum, materials and webinars for a course.  With assistance from other CLINIC staff,  we put together a four-week course cov

Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline

If you were in need of legal assistance, where would you go for help? How would you know if they could assist you?

Investing in Our Communities

“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity…” -2 Corinthians 9:11 At CLINIC, our ministry builds stronger communities by supporting immigrant integration.  We are called to generously welcome immigrants and your support helps to sustain our life-giving services and create change.   

Speak Truth in Love, Engage in Civil Discourse

On the run-up to today’s Election Day, much has been said about the importance of the teaching document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States. In it, the U.S. bishops urge Catholics to form their consciences, to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue, and to shape their choices in elections in the light of Catholic teaching. 

Solidarity with Newcomers is Respect for Life

As this Respect Life Month comes to a close, we call to mind the hope of the Gospel and the call to solidarity in our Catholic Social Teaching. Amidst the often unhelpful media frenzy of the recent Synod on the Family in Rome, it was easy to miss several discussions specific to the challenges of economic hardship and migration issues in the lives of families. Bishops around the world are keenly attuned to the realities of global migration.

We Still Need Congress to Pass CIR but There's a Lot States and Cities Can Do!

Last week CLINIC co-hosted the 11th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference together with the Migration Policy Institute, the Center for Migration Studies, and Georgetown University Law Center.  An impressive array of government officials, advocates, and immigration experts offered policy and legal analysis on important topics from unaccompanied children to executive action.

Network Affiliate Profile: Catholic Charities of Syracuse, New York

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News. This month we feature Catholic Charities of Syracuse, New York.   An Immigrant Gateway Continues to Welcome and Inspire: Catholic Charities of Syracuse, New York

Prisoners of Domestic Violence Detained in Artesia

There are currently about 539 women and children detained at the temporary family detention center run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Artesia, New Mexico.  This facility is one of three family detention centers currently operating in the United States.  The women and children detained at the facility are asylum seekers and a vast majority of them are survivors of violence and sexual assault.  Having recently returned from Artesia myself, supporting staff and volunteers assisting detainees, my thoughts go out to detained victims of abuse this October, Domestic V

Landmark Asylum Decision for Domestic Violence Victims

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recently issued a landmark decision that impacts domestic violence victims who are seeking asylum in the United States.  Asylum applicants must show that the persecution they have or will face is on account of one of five protected grounds: race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.  It is the last ground that has received the most interest and litigation. 

Supporting Welcoming Communities

Recently our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has reminded us of the imperative, as the Body of Christ, to “respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation” for the 2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

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