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CLINIC opinions and our Haiti report were featured in the National Catholic Reporter’s article on the State Department’s decision, and indecision, on TPS for Nicaragua and Honduras.

Read the full article here.


As co-author of a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Michelle Mendez, CLINIC senior attorney and managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, points out how the administration is incorrect in their characterization of asylum seekers.


Michelle Mendez, CLINIC senior attorney and managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, co-authored an op-ed for The Hill addressing the administration’s criticism of immigration defense attorneys and the U.S. asylum system.


CLINIC is among many Catholic organizations that voice outrage over the administration’s decision to end DACA.

Read the Global Sister Report’s full article here.


CLINIC BIA Pro Bono Project Attorney Bradley Jenkins joins Pablo Manriquez on Life of Pablo to dispel rumors and discuss the state of DACA under the current administration.

Listen to the entire interview here.   


Advocacy Director Jill Bussey appeared on Midday to discuss the climate of fear surrounding immigrant communities due to increased immigration enforcement, particularly in the Baltimore, Maryland area.

Listen to the full episode here.


Beloved Baltimore community members, Serbando Rodriguez and Segundo Paucar, were released from detention with the help of CLINIC Senior Attorney Michelle Mendez

Read the full Baltimore Sun here  


The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the travel ban cases and allow parts of the ban to go into effect has left many immigrants in limbo, including applicants for “diversity visas.”  

CLINIC Staff Attorney Kiyanoush Razaghi spoke with Reuters regarding the grey area these applicants sit in. Read the full article here.


During CLINIC’s Annual Convening 2017, a data announcement revealed approximately 600,000 undocumented immigrants were potentially eligible for legal status. Communications Director Pat Zapor offers examples of the types of immigration relief available.

Read the full KTRH article here.


CLINIC Advocacy Director Jill Bussey spoke with the Daily messenger on what is at stake if more humane immigration procedures are not extended to immigrants, especially those held in detention centers.

Read the full article here.


Immigration advocacy organizations, including Catholic Legal Immigration Network, met in Houston, Texas, to strategize ways to better help undocumented immigrants. One of the main conclusions drawn was the need for more low-cost or pro bono representation to help those at risk for deportation.

Read the full Houston Public Media story here.



Javier Palomarez, president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CLINIC board member, argues the organization needs to work with the administration to best serve the 4.2 million Latino-owned businesses it represents.

Read the full Los Angeles Times Story here.


Pat Zapor expands on how CLINIC is collaborating with organizations like Catholic Charities USA to protect and advocate for immigrants under the changed political climate.

Read the full article, and others on immigration and refugees, in the Spring 2017 issue of the Catholic Charities USA Magazine.

People on the Mexican side of the border reach through the fence to receive communion from Bishop Kicanas during Mass on 4-1-2017, in Nogales, Ariz.
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, and CLINIC board member, wrote a guest opinion article for the Arizona Daily Star highlighting the perspectives Attorney General Jeff Sessions missed during his visit to the border – those about the families and communities affected (and misrepresented) by the administration anti-immigrant rhetoric


Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Clinic board member, informally joined the president’s National Diversity Coalition. Read Texas Monthly’s article here.


CLINIC board member D. Taylor, president of the UNITE HERE labor union, was honored for his commitment to immigrant workers. The reception was held at the historic Friars Club in Manhattan. Watch NET TV’s full story here.


In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Baltimore Mayor’s Office highlighted the importance of women helping each other succeed.

Michelle Mendez, CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project manager, was interviewed alongside Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; Dr. Leana S. Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Marion McGaskey Blackwell, a Baltimore housing activist; and Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities.

Watch the entire video here.


During a talk at Catholic University of America, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Communications Director Pat Zapor highlights some of the ways CLINIC and its affiliates are responding to the new restrictive immigration policies.

Read the full El Pregonero article in Spanish here.


Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discussed how the church is serving immigrants, including CLINIC’s Know Your Rights materials and increased trainings for legal advocates. Read the National Register’s full article here.


During an interview with Hoy, Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC executive director, spoke up for undocumented youth, who are especially vulnerable because of the executive actions. Read the full article in Spanish here.


Alongside six Catholic organizations, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Executive Director Jeanne M. Atkinson spoke out against President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders.

“The executive order is appalling, and deserves our attention and action."

Full Crux’s story here.


Leaders from six Catholic organizations, including Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., spoke out against President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders.

CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson spoke to the dangers of increased detention and deportation.

“An increase in enforcement by federal and local officials “threatens due process and makes our communities and their residents, American and foreign-born, less safe,” Atkinson said.

Full Catholic Philly’s story here.


CLINIC Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey talked with Alan Scaia about the success of DACA and why it should be supported. This interview aired on both NewsTalk 820 WBAP and News and Information 570 KLIF.


During National Migration Week 2017, CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discussed the church’s history of working with immigrants with Jacob Popčak of the Son Rise Morning Show.


CLINIC affiliate Catholic Community Services of Utah was featured in the PBS Visionaries documentary “The Story of Us.” Read the National Catholic Reporter's feature story about the organization’s work with refugees.


In light of the Obama administration ending the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, commonly known as NSEERS, Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson confirmed CLINIC's support for the action because of it discriminatory nature. Read the National Catholic Reporter article here.


Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey spoke with Catholic Philly about the fear Central American immigrants face in their homelands, and the support cities across the nation are giving to immigrants when the cross the border.


CLINIC resource “How to prepare for changes in the presidential administration” was distributed to residents in Lake County (Ohio) during a community meeting held by local leaders. covered the event.   


CLINIC advocacy attorney Christy Williams provided extensive background information for this article with the Ashbury Park Press discussing sanctuary cities.   


In a letter read to parishes in his diocese, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, and CLINIC board member, promises to protect and advocate for immigrants.  Read the full National Catholic Reporter story here .


CLINIC’s Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discusses with Global Sisters Report some of CLINIC’s strategies to help immigrants as the presidential administration changes. Read more here.


CLINIC co-sponsored a DACA screening clinic to help immigrants determine if they should apply for renewal or if they qualified for other relief programs. Read about the event here on WYPR's website.


CLINIC Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez gives insight into the connection between Central American asylum seekers and gender violence. Read the Maryland Carey Law Magazine article here.   

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This past August, CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson presented at an event sponsored by SC Ministry Foundation, which gathered nearly 70 community partners.

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CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson among the many activists to speak out on behalf of immigrants in response to the Supreme Court’s tied decision in United States v. Texas. Read more here.


José and Marina Aguilar have overcome many obstacles on their road to becoming American citizens. This in-depth feature by the National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report tells their story and how the upcoming Supreme Court ruling can impact many families like theirs. CLINIC’s Pat Zapor expounds on why the Catholic Church supports and advocates for fair immigration practices. Read more here.   


CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson and CARA Pro Bono Project officials weigh in on the status of deportations while SCOTUS deliberates. Read more here

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In a recently released report by the CARA Pro Bono Family Detention project, many Central American mothers discuss the mistreatment they experienced while detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. NBC looks further in the actions of the immigration officials. Click here for the full story.  


CLINIC’s Michelle Mendez is among the sources quoted in this NBC News piece that looks at a wide range of possible effects of a reported plan for deportation enforcement push this spring.


On the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging President Obama’s efforts to expand DACA and create DAPA, posted an op-ed on the case by Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a former member of CLINIC’s board of directors.

Archbishop Wester draws on the story of a family that has benefitted from DACA and could benefit further from DAPA, to point out that the case is about people whose family lives can be improved by removing the fear of deportation and other obstacles.


CLINIC's board member Emilio T. Gonzalez wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald and added "Those who choose to live permanently in the United States don’t need to be convinced of the enormous opportunities this country presents. But those opportunities are greater still for those who become citizens." Read here



CLINIC join faith groups in support of the Obama administration’s actions that would temporarily protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.



Advocates to pay close attention to Pope Francis speech during his upcoming visit to Mexico. Francis' visit to focus on migrants and refugees. Read more.



SC Ministry Foundation article, in recognition of National Migration Week, supports CLINIC's efforts to provide legal services for families who remain in detention in Dilley, Texas. Read here


NBC reports on advocates pressuring the Obama administration in hopes that Central America migrants receive temporary protected status. Ashley Feasley, CLINIC's director of advocacy adds in the article that Temporary Protection Status is an "important humanitarian tool that can to help save lives. 


Supreme Court's ruling on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action could come by the end of June, and may affect Latino vote. Bradley Jenkins, an attorney at CLINIC, says the questions the court wants to consider show the justices want to give a final answer on the validity of executive actions. Click here to read the story. 


Read this article by Kurt Jensen from the Catholic News Service where CLINIC’s Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson talks about Catholic agencies joining forces in hopes to put a pause on ICE actions.



Listen to an interview with CLINIC staff attorney Michelle Mendez about a new resource for educators for working with undocumented students. Andrea Acosta of El Pregonero, Spanish-language newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, conducted the interview for her radio program, Abriendo Puertas, which is heard in 40 markets around the United States.



Read the Article by Pilar Marrero, La Opinion - September 23, 2015


Read the Article by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian -September 22, 2015


Read the Article by Terra Dankowski, American Libraries- September 17, 2015


Read the Article by Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service- September 4, 2015


Read the Article by Griselda Nevarez, NBC News - August 24, 2015


Read the article by Patricia Zapor, The Catholic Sun- August 24, 2015


Read the Article by Emily Wilkins, Roll Call - August 20, 2015


Read the Article by Roque Planas, Huffington Post - August 19, 2015


Read the Article by Catholic News Service - Catholic Herald , July 29, 2015


Click here to read the article  by Nuri Valbona, Global Sisters Report  Supportive - July 21, 2015


Central American asylum seekers continue to suffer in family detention and, due to Senate funding cuts, legal representation remains out of reach for many unaccompanied minors.  CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson urges necessary funding for legal support, due process for unaccompanied minors, and an end to family de