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  • Dec 9, 2015: Preparing your agency for immigrant integration work
    Dec 9, 2015: The following blog is derived from the text of a workshop talk given by CLINIC Integration Program Manager Leya Speasmaker Nov. 12 at the Justice for Immigrants convening in Chicago. Integration has increased in importance and scope for our organization and our network.
  • Dec 2, 2015: Rhetoric against Syrian refugees brings education opportunities, but also threats
    Dec 2, 2015: Even before the Paris terrorist attacks in November, a CLINIC affiliate in Biloxi, Mississippi, was getting pushback for processing refugees. The call by various politicians to make it even more difficult for refugees – particularly Syrians – to be admitted to the United States is causing fallout for several CLINIC affiliates.
  • Dec 1, 2015: Catholic Charities of Orange County (CCOC)
    Dec 1, 2015: Catholic Charities of Orange County (CCOC) is doing an excellent job to build capacity and integrate immigrants into the community in Orange County. This beautiful area on the Southern California coast is very diverse and home to almost one million immigrants. Orange County has one of the highest immigrant populations of any county in the United States. Unfortunately, Orange County is also sorely lacking in immigration legal services and many immigrants in Orange County are not able to access immigration legal assistance.  
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    Nov 26, 2015: Observances shed light on how to find a path out of violence
    Nov 26, 2015: Concerned people worldwide observe Nov. 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, bringing attention to the stories of women like Preeta Gabba, Barbara Giomarelli and H.T. Gabba, from India, and Giomarelli, originally from Italy, were among the 24 women known to have died in Maryland between July 2013 and June 2014 as a result of domestic violence. The plight of woment such as Gabba and Giomarelli are the focus of the U.N.-designated observance, which marks the start of 16 days of activism preceding Human Rights Day, Dec. 10.
  • Nov 18, 2015: When God’s call to ministry helps lead to a new place to call home, through U.S. citizenship
    Nov 18, 2015: The story of my American citizenship process was somewhat complicated but also full of hope. Becoming a U.S. citizen was not part of my dreams in my younger years. All I desired was to be a sister, so I could get closer to God and his people. My parents are active members of the Catholic Church in my birthplace of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Their prayer life influenced my growth as a Catholic. As a young adult, I realized that God was calling me to serve him and after my graduation from college, I focused on discerning my vocation in life.
  • Nov 11, 2015: Full steam ahead: CLINIC’s network is strong and growing
    Nov 11, 2015: Working at CLINIC’s national office sometimes gives me the impression I am in the engine room of a great ocean liner. My coworkers are alongside me in the boiler room. The “crew” is our affiliate staff in 275 agencies with 1,800-plus immigration counselors. The “passengers” are immigrants they serve. We are traversing the globe. The forecast is clear. It’s full steam ahead.
  • Nov 5, 2015: Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC)
    Nov 5, 2015: Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) fulfills a dire need for immigration legal services in the West Puget Sound, a lowland area west of Seattle characterized by saltwater bays, islands, and peninsulas.  In this area, there are no other community-based organizations providing services to immigrants.  The West Puget Sound has an almost invisible immigrant population that largely goes unnoticed by service providers.  KIAC was founded in 2004 and since then has been working to assist immigrants in the West Puget Sound better their lives.    
  • Nov 3, 2015: The Evolution of the National Visa Center
    Nov 3, 2015: CLINIC recently worked in partnership with the DePaul University School of Law to help key immigration service providers in Chicago learn more about developments at the National Visa Center (NVC) and improvements to come. Overall, the engagement was a tremendous success. It provided an important overview of the past and upcoming changes at the NVC and started a very important dialogue among the NVC team, CLINIC, and its affiliates on the effects of those improvements, suggestions for refinement, and opportunities for enhancements.

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  • Oct 22, 2015: CLINIC Materials Highlighted in Education Department's New Resource for Assisting Undocumented...
    Oct 22, 2015: Silver Spring, MD— Resources from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), including the Educators’ Back to School Toolkit, are featured in a new guide released Oct. 20 by the U.S. Department of Education, aimed at helping educators support undocumented students.  
  • Oct 6, 2015: CARA: ICE and CCA Continue to Endanger the Lives of Mothers and Children Incarcerated at Family...
    Oct 6, 2015: Today, the American Immigration Council (Council), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, formally lodged the latest in a series of complaints detailing the inhumane conditions to which mothers and children are subjected while detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas.
  • Oct 5, 2015: CARA: Coercion and Intimidation of Detained Mothers and Children Must Stop
    Oct 5, 2015: SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, submitted  the latest in a series of formal complaints to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG), this one
  • Sep 29, 2015: Catholic Legal Immigration Network Provides Funding to Address Dearth of Legal Services in the...
    Sep 29, 2015: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased to announce the establishment of an innovative program to create capacity for high quality charitable legal immigration services in the southeastern United States. The initiative will build a stronger community of expert service providers in largely underserved states where the population of at-risk immigrants is on the rise.
  • Sep 25, 2015: Pope Francis Greets Migrants, Inspires Renewed Hope for Immigration Action
    Sep 25, 2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tessa McKenzie, Public Education Officer (301) 565-4812 or Email: tmckenzie@cliniclegal.org  (September 25, 2015) – Today, Pope Francis blessed migrants and refugees at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, New York in an act of solidarity with at-risk newcomers.  Located in a section of Harlem called “El Barrio,” Our Lady Queen of Angels School is a resource to 295 students, 70% of whom are Hispanic.
  • Sep 18, 2015: CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Awards for Citizenship and Integration Services
    Sep 18, 2015: CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Awards for Citizenship and Integration Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tessa McKenzie, Public Education Officer (301) 565-4812 or Email: tmckenzie@cliniclegal.org
  • Sep 18, 2015: Obama Administration Again Hands Families Over to Private Prison Company
    Sep 18, 2015: SAN ANTONIO, TX - Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, responded to the news that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had awarded a private prison company the grant to establish a new case management alternative to detention initiative for families.
  • Sep 11, 2015: Five Incarcerated Refugee Families Finally Released After Being Held for Months on End
    Sep 11, 2015: Shameful Government Mistreatment of Mothers and Children ContinuesSAN ANTONIO, TX - Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, responded to Friday's release of five families who had been subjected to many months of incarceration despite repeated efforts to advocate for their release pending the adjudication of their claims f

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  • Jun 26, 2013: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 26, 2013: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.
  • Jun 19, 2013: Filing Successful Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner's Guide
    Jun 19, 2013: CLINIC's new book Filing Successful Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner's Guide provides a step-by-step guide to the new provisional waiver process. The book's ten chapters and numerous sample materials guide practitioners through the process of interviewing clients, establishing extreme hardship, completing the waiver form, preparing declarations, identifying and gathering supporting documents, and filing the waiver application.
  • May 17, 2013: World Relief and CLINIC Co-Host Timely Training
    May 17, 2013: World Relief and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) co-hosted an exciting conference entitled “Building Legal Immigration Services Capacity Through National Networks and their Affiliates” at the World Relief home office in Baltimore on April 3 and 4, 2013.
  • Mar 15, 2013: Catholic Charities of the East Bay Wins the Series with DACA Clients and the Oakland A’s
    Mar 15, 2013: Drawing upon the success Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB)  experienced running the main concession stands for the U.S. Open earlier this year, this CLINIC affiliate is now taking their game to the Oakland A's in order to provide fee assistance for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants.   With over 300 volunteers from the East Bay, consisting of board members, the Knights of Columbus, parishioners, staff, clients and students, several Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of John Muir Hospital, the concession...
  • Jan 28, 2013: Immigration Reform Updates
    Jan 28, 2013: The debate on immigration reform is moving quickly.  CLINIC strives to keep its network and others informed so that they can continue to serve the immigrants in our communities with the most up-to-date information.  This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for...
  • Jan 4, 2013: USCIS Finalizes Regulation on Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence
    Jan 4, 2013: On January 3, 2013, the USCIS finalized its regulation regarding the adjudication of waivers for those who are consular processing and would be triggering the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility.  The rule provides a process by which the agency will adjudicate these waivers before the applicants leave for their immigrant visa interview.  The procedure would be available only to immediate relatives who are inadmissible based on unlawful presence – and no other grounds – and who can establish extreme hardship to a qualifying U.S. citizen spouse or parent.  To...
  • Dec 14, 2012: USCIS Issues Policy Memos on VAWA EAD Eligibility and U Visa Derivative
    Dec 14, 2012:  CIS has just released interim guidance on age-out protection for U derivatives. Per the guidance: U-3 derivatives will be approved for the full four-year eligibility period, allowing the U-3 to remain in status past his or her 21st birthday CIS will promulgate regulations to "provide protection" for U derivatives who age-out while the 918-A is pending. In the meantime, aging-out derivatives will be considered for deferred action, which allows for work authorization U derivatives whose status expired upon turning age 21 may now...
  • Nov 6, 2012: CLINIC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Nov 6, 2012: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), one of the nation’s leading legal agencies for immigrants and a subsidiary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), seeks an Executive Director (ED) to oversee its extensive support programs to charitable immigration programs throughout the nation.  The ED should ideally have expertise and experience in: (1) immigration law and policy, with a strong preference for an attorney; (2) managing persons and finances; (3) conceptualizing, developing, funding, and evaluating programs for low-income or...

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