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Asylum for domestic violence survivors: immigration advocates urge Board of Immigration Appeals to publish more precedent cases

Mar 1, 2016
Sital Kalantry and Carolyn Wald

Although Matter of A-R-C-G, the landmark board of Immigration Appeals  decision, gave women fleeing domestic violence a pathway to asylum, survivors continue to be routinely denied asylum by immigration judges who interpret the decision narrowly.

CLINIC’s board chairman reflects on its work in light of Pope Francis’s border visit and the season of Lent

Feb 25, 2016

In an article for the web page of the Diocese of Orange, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, who chairs CLINIC’s board of directors, explained what we do and how it fits into the Catholic Church’s social teaching. This is a slightly edited version of the original blog.

By Bishop Kevin W. Vann

Prisoners’ handmade cards show compassion and solidarity with families held in Texas

Jan 21, 2016
Aline Barros

Shortly before Christmas a large box arrived at CLINIC’s office in Silver Spring, Maryland.

There was no note of explanation. The return address was for the Toledo Correctional Institution.

The contents: 550 handmade greeting cards, illustrated with favorite children’s cartoon characters, religious symbols and other colorful drawings.

Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio

Jan 19, 2016
Leya Speasmaker

At the start of 2015, John Cranley, the Mayor of Cincinnati, made public his commitment to make Cincinnati the most immigrant friendly city in the United States. He assembled a taskforce that wrote a plan to make Cincinnati more welcoming for all. A community ID was chosen as a priority initiative. The ID is set to be distributed in the first quarter of 2016. Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio (CCSWOH), and in particular, Ms. Alisa Berry, Chief Operating Officer, have been instrumental in making this goal a reality.

CARA: 33 Mothers and Children Protected from Immediate Deportation

Jan 13, 2016

DILLEY, TX – In the last week, 121 mothers and children were brought to the South Texas Residential Family Center in Dilley, Texas, after being rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project reviewed the cases of 13 families, filed appeals for 12, and won stays of removal from the Board of Immigration Appeals for all 12 families – 33 mothers and children.