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  • 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.
  • Oct 30, 2015: Addressing Immigration Legal Needs in the Southeastern United States
    Oct 30, 2015:   Why does the Southeast need more legal service providers? To understand the need, this blog series took a holistic approach to investigating who is in need, how, and why, from the assessment of the demographic changes to anti-immigrant sentiment. In the final blog post, we will assess how bad that lack actually is, and what exactly CLINIC is going to do about it.
  • Oct 28, 2015: Immigrant Advocates Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence
    Oct 28, 2015: Recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CLINIC highlights the large, unmet need for immigration legal services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking.
  • Oct 22, 2015: The Southeast U.S.: a Dearth of Immigration Legal Services
    Oct 22, 2015: So far, we’ve explored the rapid demographic shift of the Southeast region and the emergence of the New Latino South, demonstrating the need for more immigration legal service providers and resources.  But if the growth and impact of this community is evident and felt throughout the region, why aren’t there more legal service providers for immigrants in the Southeast in the first place? 
  • Oct 15, 2015: The New Latino South
    Oct 15, 2015: We know immigrants are coming to the Southeast.  But who are they, and from where are they coming?  Seven of the nine U.S. states in which the Latino population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010 are in the Southeast region.  Over one-third come from Mexico. Most immigrants are undocumented and of the undocumented, most are Latino (76.2%).

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  • Jul 29, 2015: US Advocates Applaud Court Ruling on Immigrant Detention Centers
    Jul 29, 2015: Read the Article by Catholic News Service - Catholic Herald , July 29, 2015
  • Jul 21, 2015: Community-based Programs Mean Greater Success for Asylum-Seekers
    Jul 21, 2015: Click here to read the article  by Nuri Valbona, Global Sisters Report  Supportive - July 21, 2015
  • Jun 24, 2015: Family Detention Detrimental to Children
    Jun 24, 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 d
  • Jun 20, 2015: CARA Pro Bono Attorneys Provide Crucial Services to Detained Asylum Seekers
    Jun 20, 2015: Volunteers attorneys at the two South Texas immigrant detention centers in Dilley and Karnes County are making a difference for detained Central American asylum seekers.  The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, an initiative of CLINIC,
  • Jun 12, 2015: Bishops Describe Inhumane Practice of Family Detention
    Jun 12, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors reported on the Catholic Church’s migration-related work in the United States at the U.S. Bishops’ Spring Annual Assembly.  Bishop Soto described the efforts of CLINIC staff to provide legal services at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
  • Jun 11, 2015: Bishops: Holding Families at Detention Centers a Violation of International Law
    Jun 11, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors addressed the June 2015 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis.
  • Jun 10, 2015: South Texas Residential Center Receives Child Care License
    Jun 10, 2015: The South Texas Residential Center in Dilley, Texas received a Temporary Shelter Program  certificate on May 22, 2015.
  • May 28, 2015: Catholic Immigration Advocates Disappointed by Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Decision
    May 28, 2015: On May 26, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals maintained a stay of the injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  “Obviously, we're extremely disappointed,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, explains on behalf of the organization and its network of community legal immigration programs.  “Every day makes a difference” for parents, children, and siblings of lawful residents.  Source:  Catholic News Agency.  Read the Article.  May 28, 2015. 

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  • 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
  • Aug 24, 2015: CLINIC Applauds Court’s Order to Release Immigrant Children and Families from Detention and...
    Aug 24, 2015: Washington DC - On August 21, 2015, Judge Gee of the District Court of Central California denied the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) motion to reconsider its July 24, 2015 ruling and ordered the release of immigrant children from the current family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania “without unnecessary delay”.
  • Aug 7, 2015: CLINIC: Government’s Response to Detention Ruling Does Not Reflect Reality on the Ground for...
    Aug 7, 2015: Washington D.C. - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)  is disappointed at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) response to U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s ruling on the detention of young mothers and children fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States. In its response filed on August 6, 2015, the DOJ requested that Judge Gee reconsider her ruling in light of the government’s recent detention policy and practice changes announced in May and June.
  • Jul 31, 2015: Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers
    Jul 31, 2015: Mothers Lodge Complaint with DHS Offices for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Inspector GeneralWashington, DC— Today, ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS).  The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to a
  • Jul 27, 2015: Incarcerated Children and Mothers Denied Due Process and Critical Information Before Release
    Jul 27, 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) called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to account for the cascade of due process violations and detrimental practices at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas.
  • Jun 24, 2015: CLINIC: Family Detention is Neither Effective Nor Humane
    Jun 24, 2015: June 24, 2015 Maura Moser, Director of Communications mmoser@cliniclegal.org | 301 565-4830  
  • Jun 16, 2015: CLINIC Attorney Michelle Mendez to be Honored with Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award
    Jun 16, 2015: Washington, DC – CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez has been named this year’s recipient of the prestigious Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association/AILA.   The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 20 at the annual AILA convention at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.  

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