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CLINIC Affiliate Staff Highlight: Julissa Pineda, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”

Julissa Pineda is the Senior Case Manager and a BIA Accredited Representative at Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton.  Recommended for her work ethic and recognized as a trusted resource to the community, Julissa is truly an outstanding member of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton, Immigration Legal Services team.  Her dedication has strengthened the immigration program’s regional influence and impacted the lives of countless vulnerable newcomers.  CLINIC is proud to highlight Julissa Pineda as a member of our network committed to living the mission of

Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside Readies the Inland Empire

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. 

Happy Birthday, CLINIC Network!

We, at CLINIC, are honored to celebrate our 26th birthday in the company of our ever-expanding network.  With over 260 community programs in more than 400 sites nationwide, CLINIC has developed the country’s largest network of faith-based and community charitable legal immigration service providers. 

This Labor Day: Let’s Defend the Children

In recent months we have all been troubled by the images of unaccompanied children, already traumatized by events in their home countries, and exhausted and frightened after a perilous journey, being apprehended at the southern border of the United States. And we have been appalled to see how some of our fellow citizens treated these children, screaming epithets at them and blocking the buses that were bringing them to safe refuge. The political pandering around this crisis has only added to our Nation’s shame.

Labor Day: Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Workers

As we gather with friends and family on Labor Day, we say goodbye to summer and celebrate the dignity of work and the contributions of immigrant workers to the building of the United States.  Immigrant workers -- from the Chinese workers who constructed our country's railroads, and the Irish miners who dug the coal that powered our industrialization, to the Latino and Filipino farm workers who make the United States the world's largest exporter of agricultural products -- fuel the strength and dynamism of the United States.  We see the legacy of immigrant workers in their role in building t

"Somos Un Pueblo Unido"

"If you listen very closely, you can hear the detained families chanting and yelling along with us.  This was a very moving experience.  Many participants were moved to tears when they heardthe women and children’s voices from the other side of the fence.”  

A Radical Experience: Archdiocese of New York Creates a “One-Stop-Shop” for Immigrant Integration

Since its inception two hundred years ago, the story of the Archdiocese of New York is an immigrant story – a tradition which continues today. For more than 30 years, the Archdiocese of New York has provided services to the foreign-born, including refugee resettlement and immigration legal services, through Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS). As the immigrant and refugee population in the area has grown and changed, so has CCCS.

State & Local Involvement in Immigration Enforcement Not Worth the Cost

Last December, at CLINIC’s Southeast Legalization Planning Conference in Atlanta, we dedicated a morning to discussing immigration advocacy on the state and local levels.  Legal service providers and advocates shared troubling stories about local law enforcement engaging in immigration enforcement efforts in their communities.

Karla Davis, FirstGEN Fellow: Exploring Social Justice, Becoming an Agent for Change

In hindsight, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to attend a faith-based university in an affluent suburb of Kansas City. In May, as I sat in queue to walk across the stage and receive my diploma, I was at a loss as to how I would implement all of the motivational speeches and advice handed to college graduates. In this recent graduate daze, I arrived in DC this summer. The last few weeks have been not only been enlightening as to what it means to engage in public policy and to serve the rights of immigrants, but have also solidified my commitment to public service.

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