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    Jul 7, 2015: FaithAction ID Card: Turning Strangers into Neighbors
    Jul 7, 2015: FaithAction International House, a CLINIC affiliate led by Reverend David Fraccaro, is making great strides in promoting and encouraging immigrant integration within the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Jul 2, 2015: Living the Dream: Welcoming New American Citizens
    Jul 2, 2015: “I hereby declare, on oath,…that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies…so help me God."
  • Jun 30, 2015: Crime and Contribution: The Competing Narratives of Immigration Policy
    Jun 30, 2015: Generally speaking, the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules does not provoke strong emotional reaction (with the possible exception of extreme drowsiness). This day was different. Immigration policy is a highly salient and divisive topic. On June 17, 2015 when the Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss various aspects of immigration policy, emotions ran high.
  • Jun 23, 2015: Michelle Mendez: Passionate Advocate for Humane Immigration Policy
    Jun 23, 2015: CLINIC congratulates Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez on her recent award of the prestigious Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association/AILA! How many years have you spent working in immigration?
  • Jun 18, 2015: Su Casa: Encouraging Immigrant Integration in Southwestern Ohio
    Jun 18, 2015: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Jun 16, 2015: Responding to the Needs of Children in Immigration Detention
    Jun 16, 2015: Stories of child migrants leaving their violence-ridden countries in Central America continue to unfold a year after 2014’s record high levels of refugee migration. Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain plagued by crime, mostly associated with drug and gang activity.  Case in point, Honduras has the highest murder rate per capita in the world.  All the while, Mexico’s deportation rate of Central American children has risen, contributing to the decline in the numbers of those who reach the U.S.
  • Jun 15, 2015: Littleton Immigrant Resources Center
    Jun 15, 2015: Littleton Immigrant Resources Center (LIRC), a Littleton, Colorado-based CLINIC affiliate, is making extensive advancements in the area of immigrant integration. Led by Petula McShiras, this city government funded program emphasizes the importance of community connections in its work to encourage integration. The LIRC offers a cultural exchange between volunteer mentors and immigrants to foster inclusiveness and to encourage an integrated community.
  • Jun 12, 2015: Making Citizenship Available to the Vulnerable
    Jun 12, 2015: On March 17, 2015, U.S.


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  • Feb 24, 2015: Catholic Voices Urge Reform, Rebuke Injunction of Immigration Action
    Feb 24, 2015: The US Catholic bishops and Catholic institutions expressed support for President Obama’s immigration action through testimony before Congress, statements, and appeals to parish communities.  CLINIC is featured among Catholic voices leading the call for immigration reform.  Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of CLINIC, is quoted, “We believe this is a temporary set-back and look forward to the decision of the appellate court.”  Read the Article.  Source:  Crux February 24, 2015
  • Feb 11, 2015: Demand for Immigration Legal Services to Skyrocket as Result of Administrative Relief
    Feb 11, 2015: Immigrant advocates face an unprecedented surge in cases following the implementation of administrative relief.  Information sessions are scripted and service provider prepare to assist clients with eligibility for expanded DACA and DAPA.  Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director explains, “Many of these agencies already have full caseloads. Capacities will be stretched almost universally.”  Read the article. Source:  Pew Charitable Trust.
  • Feb 11, 2015: Immigrant Advocates Convene to “Ready America” for Administrative Relief
    Feb 11, 2015: With Funding for the Department of Homeland Security held hostage in a Congressional battle over immigration action, advocates press on in planning for the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders.  “Ready America,” a three-day event gathering participants from 240 organizations nation-wide, was held by CLINIC and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) to prepare community groups.  Attendees shared best practices in immigration law and program management. 
  • Dec 16, 2014: Foundations and Nonprofits Build the Capacity of Service Providers in Preparation for...
    Dec 16, 2014: Immigrant advocates and foundations are teaming up to ensure community resources are in place for the implementation of administrative relief.   In light of immigration action, CLINIC and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) are among groups anticipating assistance from various foundations to support capacity building efforts.  Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director and CIRI Co-chair explains that the benefits of administrative relief will "be life-altering for [eligible] individuals…This has a cost.
  • Dec 4, 2014: Immigrant Lives Hinge on the Availability of Quality Legal Assistance
    Dec 4, 2014: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Administrative Relief, and the Central American Refugee Border Crisis have intensified the need for affordable, quality legal immigration services.   CLINIC is recognized for building the capacity of community immigration programs and Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC BIA Pro Bono Project Coordinator, is quoted regarding representation for vulnerable immigrants. Read the article.  Source:  NBC News December 4, 2014.   
  • Nov 30, 2014: Legal Experts Warn Against “Notario Fraud”
    Nov 30, 2014: Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, joins immigrant advocates in discouraging immigration legal assistance from unauthorized practitioners.   The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation, including CLINIC, is cited as credible source for accurate information regarding Administrative Relief.  Read the article.  Source:  NBC News November 30, 2014.
  • Nov 21, 2014: More Work to be Done in Fixing Broken Immigration System
    Nov 21, 2014: Michelle Sardone, CLINIC Legalization Director, echoes a sentiment shared by Catholic advocates for immigration reform:  "It's going to help close to 5 million people. But we're definitely still working toward finding a permanent solution."  Read the article.  Source:  National Catholic Reporter. November 21, 2014.


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  • Apr 17, 2013: CLINIC Welcomes Immigration Action
    Apr 17, 2013: Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2013) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s consideration of a bill that will reform the broken immigration system. CLINIC announces that its network of more than 215 charitable legal service providers stands ready to serve low income and vulnerable immigrants when a bill is finally signed into law.
  • Mar 5, 2013: USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Announces Nearly $1 Million in Grants
    Mar 5, 2013: WASHINGTON—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved special grants totaling $800,000 to mobilize Catholics on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform and to prepare Catholic institutions toserve communities benefiting from the reform legislation.
  • Feb 20, 2013: CLINIC Appoints New Executive Director
    Feb 20, 2013: February 20, 2013 (Washington DC) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Atkinson to the position of Executive Director, effective March 18, 2013.  Ms. Atkinson currently serves as the Director of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services program for the Archdiocese of Washington.   She has worked for Catholic Charities since 1992, directing their highly active and successful legal services program – which operates out of four locations – in 1997 to 1998 and from 2000 to the...
  • Nov 13, 2012: Coalition Launches Unprecedented, National Campaign to Help Legal Residents
    Nov 13, 2012: November 13, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA - An unprecedented national network of more than 80 legal-service providers, businesses, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations has launched The New Americans Campaign, a nonpartisan project to modernize the system of naturalization assistance and to help more immigrants who are legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. The campaign launches this week after a pilot phase; it focuses on cities across the country with large populations of citizenship-eligible residents.
  • Oct 19, 2012: Asylee Resource Hotline Closes After 11 Years
    Oct 19, 2012: Washington, DC (October 19, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) regretfully announces today the termination of its National Asylee Information and Referral Hotline.  The 11-year-old, toll-free hotline, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), has provided vital information and resources to more than 39,000 asylees since its inception.  ORR did not award funding to renew this project for 2013.     The asylee hotline, provided by CLINIC and ran in partnership with Catholic Charities...
  • Jun 25, 2012: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 25, 2012: Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012)  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.    “This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director.  “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform.  ...
  • Jun 22, 2012: CLINIC Launches Self-Directed eLearning
    Jun 22, 2012: Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is enhancing its legal immigration training courses with an innovative new learning tool: a self-directed online training course.   This first self-directed e-learning course called “Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop,” trains volunteers on the most effective ways they can help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.   “Naturalization is a cornerstone of immigrant integration,” said Maria M. Odom, executive director of...
  • Jun 15, 2012: CLINIC Applauds Immigration Action for DREAMers
    Jun 15, 2012: Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) welcomes the announcement by President Barack Obama and the Department of Homeland Security that deferred action will be granted to certain eligible undocumented immigrant youth.  Many of these immigrants who entered by age 16 would qualify for relief under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The new policy will afford work authorization and protection from removal to an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 young people ages 15-30.  Often referred to as...


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  • Dec 16, 2011: DHS Ends Enforcement Agreement with Maricopa County
    Dec 16, 2011: This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chose to sever its 287(g) immigration enforcement partnership with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) based on extensive findings by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that MCSO had engaged in a pattern and practice of civil rights violations.  The Department of Justice found overwhelming evidence of discrimination against Latinos in this jurisdiction.  Sadly, these findings demonstrate the potential of these federal/state partnerships to serve as a conduit for racially-biased policing that devastates...
  • Dec 9, 2011: CLINIC's 2012 Annual Convening
    Dec 9, 2011: "Standing for Truth, Calling for Justice"  May 23-25, 2012 Omni Austin Hotel Downtown  Austin, TX From the basics of immigration law to the most advanced issues that arise in filing petitions, CLINIC's 15th Annual Convening will offer workshops for legal services providers and immigration advocates at any level. CLINIC's three-day conference offers excellent updates on immigration law, insightful trainings, and opportunities for networking. Come meet fellow advocates and learn new strategies for fundraising, program management, and advocacy.
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    Jun 27, 2011: CLINIC Supports USCIS’ New Initiatives on Citizenship Awareness and Unauthorized Practice of Law
    Jun 27, 2011: On May 25, USCIS launched its Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. The initiative promotes an awareness of citizenship and seeks to prepare immigrants for successful citizenship.  It will use digital media, a video public service announcement, and print and radio messages in a variety of languages to direct individuals to citizenship preparation materials and other training and educational resources available through USCIS’ Citizenship Resource Center.
  • Oct 1, 2008: Families Torn Apart (Vatican Radio)
    Oct 1, 2008: We find out more about the devastating human consequences of workplace raids by U.S. Immigration Officials to seek out and arrest illegal immigrants...Listen here Source (Vatican Radio)