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  • Feb 21, 2014: CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Services makes DREAMs Come True
    Feb 21, 2014: It has been more than a year since the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.’s (CLINIC) Religious Immigration Services (RIS) section began taking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases.  Back on June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new process, granting relief to undocumented young people who came to the United States as children and do not have proper immigration documents.  This new program allowed these young people to have work authorization and stay in the country without the threat of deportation.
  • Feb 18, 2014: Silicon Valley Community Foundation and CLINIC Expand Service Delivery
    Feb 18, 2014: Although the successes of immigrant entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley’s technology industry are well known, the startling reality is that Silicon Valley’s legal support infrastructure cannot accommodate the high number of low-income immigrants in need of legal immigration services.  According to The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, 36% of the population of Sa
  • Feb 11, 2014: A Success Story in Capacity Building: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
    Feb 11, 2014: An incredible story of perseverance, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland has recently reconstituted its immigration legal services (ILS) program, with two full time attorneys and a full time Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative.  Over 780 immigration consultations have been provided since 2011, and the program expects to generate 28% of its budget in fee income this year.  The program’s current success is no small feat and was achieved with considerable effort over the last three years.  Cleveland’s story is a case study for CLINIC’s...
  • Feb 7, 2014: National Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking
    Feb 7, 2014: This weekend, in recognition of the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita and the National Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking, thousands of churches across the country will join together in prayer to end human trafficking.
  • Feb 4, 2014: Affiliate Highlight: Ouranitsa Abbas
    Feb 4, 2014: We recently asked program directors to recommend outstanding staff for a series of affiliate highlights and Ouranitsa Abbas was identified for her extraordinary work immediately! Managing Attorney at Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Esperanza Center, Adonia Simpson, explains “Ouranitsa is a key member of our team and integral in doing the work we do each day.   Her compassion and dedication amaze me every day.”
  • Jan 30, 2014: BIA Pro Bono Project Screener Named Top D.C. Immigration Attorney
    Jan 30, 2014: For over three years, Jason Dzubow, of Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC, has volunteered as a screener for CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project, which matches vulnerable asylum-seekers and lawful permanent residents with pro bono counsel to bring their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). This month Jason was recognized as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Immigration Attorneys in the Washington, D.C. area for the second year in a row.
  • Jan 28, 2014: Education, Faith, Justice: The Responsibility to Care
    Jan 28, 2014: Dear friends of CLINIC, The month of January, following National Migration week, brings us additional opportunities to reflect on opportunities of pastoral care for our immigrant families.  As we work together in the sometime complicated world of R-1s, F-1s, and so on, there are always individuals  and families behind these letters with real needs and real concerns who have come to us because they see us as  a family of Faith, the Body of Christ, and they often do not know where else to turn.
  • Jan 22, 2014: CLINIC Builds Capacity for Citizenship Services
    Jan 22, 2014: CLINIC's National Capacity Building Project, funded by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship, has provided technical assistance and funding to four local affiliate agencies to establish new programs in English as a Second Language (ESL)/citizenship education and/or naturalization application assistance.

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  • Sep 21, 2012: Non-Minister Provision of the Special Immigrant Worker Program Extended
    Sep 21, 2012: The Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC, along with immigration practitioners around the country, breathed a sigh of relief on September 13, 2012,when the House of Representatives passed an extension of the Non-Minister Provision of the Special Immigrant Worker Program.  Unless this extension passed, individuals pursuing religious vocations and religious occupations would no longer have been eligible to become legal permanent residents.  This would have meant that nuns, brothers, seminarians, pastoral associates, religious teachers, missionaries, and those in...
  • Aug 27, 2012: Letter from ICE and CBP about Hurricane Isaac
    Aug 27, 2012: Click here for the original letter in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. In the event that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac (Isaac) triggers the need for an officially orderedevacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities are to promote life-saving and lifesustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy...
  • Aug 21, 2012: August 14th USCIS Update on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
    Aug 21, 2012: On August 14, 2012, USCIS issued the DACA "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" application form, posted a new FAQ, and held a stakeholder call that provided additional information on DACA program. The FAQ and stakeholder call, led by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reviewed basic eligibility requirements for DACA as well as the education requirements, disclosure provisions and filing procedure. This update will discuss the information released on August 14th and review details of the program previously reported in CLINIC's August 6th article on DACA. The DACA...
  • Jan 24, 2012: CLINIC Announces Updated Naturalization Guide
    Jan 24, 2012: CLINIC is pleased to announce our updated handbook, Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants: A Guide to Helping Refugees and Immigrants Who Are Elderly, Disabled, Low-Income, Low-Literate, and Limited English Proficient.  The handbook, initially released in 2008, has been updated to reflect the latest naturalization policies and procedures.  It discusses English exemptions, due consideration, reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, oath waivers, fee waivers, and expedited processing.  It also contains approximately 30 links to various...
  • Jan 13, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): Immigration Outreach Discussed among Conference Participants
    Jan 13, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): Immigration Outreach Discussed among Conference Participants SALT LAKE CITY -- In case you haven't heard, the U.S. bishops' conference has a special campaign directed toward immigration work. And some parishes have even started committees named after the group.
  • Jan 12, 2012: Salt Lake Tribune: Conference of Bishops Pans State Immigration Laws
    Jan 12, 2012: Salt Lake Tribune: Conference of Bishops Pans State Immigration Laws John Wester, bishop of Salt Lake City’s Catholic Archdiocese, said Wednesday he was “sad” to hear Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accept the endorsement of the key architect for several state-based enforcement-only immigration laws.
  • Jan 12, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): In Salt Lake City, Catholics Focus on Immigration
    Jan 12, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): In Salt Lake City, Catholics Focus on Immigration SALT LAKE CITY -- The U.S. Catholic bishops' immigration conference in Salt Lake City this morning focused on details about current laws and legislation, as well as the status of enforcement and concerns from people who work in immigration-related areas.
  • Jan 12, 2012: BLOG FOR ARIZONA: Catholic Bishops Pan Kobach/Romney Alliance, Support National Immigration Reform
    Jan 12, 2012: BLOG FOR ARIZONA: Catholic Bishops Pan Kobach/Romney Alliance, Support National Immigration Reform It's significant this statement by Catholic bishops comes out of Salt Lake City, since the Utah Compact supporting a humane approach to immigration reform has been supported by the Mormon Church.

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  • Feb 10, 2012: CLINIC Launches State and Local Immigration Policy Map
    Feb 10, 2012:  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825 wrhein@cliniclegal.org   CLINIC LAUNCHES STATE AND LOCAL IMMIGRATION POLICY MAP Washington, DC (February 10, 2012) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today launches a new, interactive web feature highlighting state and local immigration initiatives across the country.   This feature is publically available for free, thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation. In 2007, CLINIC created a project to support advocates working to address the growing number of restrictionist...
  • Jan 6, 2012: CLINIC Applauds Revised Waiver Policy as Family-Friendly
    Jan 6, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825  wrhein@cliniclegal.org   CLINIC Applauds Revised Waiver Policy as Family-Friendly Washington, DC (January 6, 2012) [En español] The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) applauds the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Obama Administration for  the  proposal announced today that would permit  spouses and children of U.S. citizens to apply for waivers of their inadmissibility before leaving this country. 
  • Nov 28, 2011: CLINIC Celebrates Pro Bono Project's Ten Years of Service for Immigrants
    Nov 28, 2011: Washington, DC (October 24, 2011) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project through which nearly 800 vulnerable immigrants have received free  representation in their appellate cases.  Washington DC law firm Fried Frank hosted the reception with special guests in attendance, including the Honorable Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt, Acting Director of EOIR Juan Osuna, and Acting Chairman of the BIA David Neal.  
  • Sep 23, 2011: CLINIC Awarded $600,000 Grant to Provide Citizenship Services
    Sep 23, 2011: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825  wrhein@cliniclegal.org CLINIC Awarded $600,000 Grant to Provide Citizenship Services Washington, DC - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) was selected for a coveted national award from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to strengthen citizenship programs serving Legal Permanent Residents in four cities in the United States.
  • Aug 18, 2008: CLINIC Executive Director Departs After 16 Years at Helm
    Aug 18, 2008: Washington, D.C. – Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), has announced he will leave the agency in mid- October. Kerwin began work at CLINIC in 1992 and has led the agency since 1993. Under his leadership, the CLINIC network has grown from 17 to 173 charitable immigration agency members. He has led CLINIC’s collaborative efforts to create several national projects that serve detainees, immigrant farm workers, unaccompanied minors, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable immigrants. Presently, CLINIC...

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