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  • May 10, 2019: عيد الأم 2019: مريم
    May 10, 2019: مريم * (اسم مستعار) *  هي أم لطفلين ، ولدت ونشأت في الشرق الأوسط. الثلاثة جميعهم من الناجين من العنف المنزلي. لقد تركوا وطنهم بدافع مخاوف تتعلق بالسلامة ، حيث لم يكن لدى الحكومة نظام مناسب لتوفير الحماية. حصلت مريم وأطفالها على حق اللجوء منذ عدة سنوات وأصبحوا مؤخراً مقيمين بصفة دائمة. CLINIC قررت تسليط الضوء على قصتها بمناسبة عيد الأم 2019 ، في محاولة للاحتفال بالأمهات اللائي يقفن بجانب أسرهن ويطلبن حياة خالية من العنصرية والعنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي.
  • May 10, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Mariam
    May 10, 2019: Mariam, a mother of two children, was born and raised in the Middle East. All three are survivors of domestic violence. They left their home country out of safety concerns, as the government had no adequate system to provide protection. Mariam and her children were granted asylum several years ago and recently became lawful permanent residents. CLINIC has decided to spotlight her story for Mother’s Day 2019, in an effort to celebrate mothers who stand by their families and seek a life free from discrimination and gender based violence.
  • May 9, 2019: Día de las Madres 2019: Elena
    May 9, 2019: Elena es originaria de Honduras y mama de dos niñas y un niño. Llegó a los Estados Unidos hace aproximadamente 3 años con su hija de 14 meses. Elena es una de muchas madres alrededor del mundo que ha sacrificado todo por salvar su vida y la de su familia.  Vivir plenamente—sin golpes, amenazas y humillaciones—es un derecho universal. Elena busca un nuevo capítulo en Estados Unidos, libre de violencia.
  • May 9, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Elena
    May 9, 2019: Elena is originally from Honduras and is a mother of two girls and one boy. She arrived to the United States approximately 3 years ago with her then 14-month-old daughter. Elena made the difficult decision to leave Honduras after surviving several years of physical and psychological abuse from her husband. To live fully – without beatings, threats and humiliations – is a universal right. Elena has sought a new chapter in the United States, free of violence.
  • May 7, 2019: Fête des Mères 2019: Sita
    May 7, 2019: Sita (pseudonyme) est mère de trois enfants. Elle a fui la persécution politique en Côte d’Ivoire et est récemment devenue citoyenne américaine après presqu’une décennie de difficulté. Le processus d’asile a pris plus de temps que prévu—une attente de quatre ans. Malgré cette difficulté, Sita n’a jamais cessé sa détermination de ramener de lapaix et de la stabilité à sa vie et à celles de ces enfants. 
  • May 7, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Sita
    May 7, 2019: Sita is a mother of three. She fled political persecution in Ivory Coast and recently became a U.S. citizen after nearly a decade of struggle. The asylum process took longer than she expected—a wait of more than 4 years. Despite hardship, Sita has never wavered in her commitment to bring stability and peace back into her life and that of her children.
  • Apr 30, 2019: One year at CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project: Reflections on professional growth and working...
    Apr 30, 2019: Since 2001, the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project, an initiative within CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations department, has matched immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA. The majority of appeals reaching the BIA involve orders of removal and applications for relief from removal. As a legal assistant for the project, I have multiple responsibilities: sending out consent forms, answering phone calls from detention centers, redacting briefs, drafting case summaries for the weekly newsletter, and assisting...
  • Apr 30, 2019: Heightened scrutiny on spousal petitions involving minors
    Apr 30, 2019: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has recently strengthened the guidance and standard it applies when adjudicating I-130 petitions involving spouses who are under 18 years of age. To determine whether marriages between parties under the age of 18 violate public policy, the agency looks to the law of the state where the parties are currently residing or intend to reside, in addition to the jurisdiction where the marriage took place. This means that immigration practitioners need to know what their state requires when underage parties seek to marry, whether...

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  • Oct 25, 2017: Trump, Sessions attack immigration lawyers in latest affront to rule of law
    Oct 25, 2017: 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.
  • Sep 6, 2017: DACA decision meets swift Catholic condemnation
    Sep 6, 2017: 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.
  • Mar 23, 2017: Mayor Catherine E. Pugh Celebrates Women’s History Month
    Mar 23, 2017: 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.
  • Mar 15, 2017: CLINIC examines migratory executive orders
    Mar 15, 2017: 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.
  • Mar 3, 2017: Catholic Leaders Push Back Against Trump’s Immigration Policies
    Mar 3, 2017: 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.
  • Feb 14, 2017: Trump orders put Central American children between the sword and the wall (Spanish)
    Feb 14, 2017: 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.
  • Feb 2, 2017: Catholic leaders on refugees urge Trump to scrap order
    Feb 2, 2017: 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.
  • Feb 2, 2017: Advocates stress that the U.S. has moral obligation to welcome refugees
    Feb 2, 2017: 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.

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  • Nov 9, 2018: Administration’s attempt to bar some people from seeking asylum is based on fear, not facts
    Nov 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Today’s presidential proclamation coupled with the publication of an interim final rule will make it more difficult for those fleeing violence and other harm to seek asylum in the United States. 
  • Nov 1, 2018: Administration efforts to intimidate asylum-seekers fly in the face of U.S. law and history
    Nov 1, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­CLINIC and our network of 330 nonprofit immigration legal services providers stand ready to protect the legally guaranteed right to asylum, including for any person who seeks it at our borders or other ports of entry.
  • Oct 29, 2018: Asylum Facts: Backgrounder
    Oct 29, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Current events and political rhetoric have pushed the U.S. asylum system into the spotlight. Here are some key facts about the legal grounding of our asylum system.
  • Oct 9, 2018: 16 CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Funding for Citizenship Services
    Oct 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—Fifteen CLINIC affiliates were among the 40 organizations in 19 states that received a funding award through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. USCIS received more than 90 applications for the highly competitive grant program. The two-year grants announced Sept. 24 will provide up to $250,000 for support citizenship classes, naturalization application assistance and assimilation services. The program has helped more than 200,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship over the last 10...
  • Oct 4, 2018: Injunction blocking some TPS terminations is welcome
    Oct 4, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­The decision Oct. 3 by a California federal judge to block the cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for four countries is a welcome step toward protecting about 300,000 people who are facing loss of the status that has allowed them to stay in the United States. 
  • Sep 24, 2018: Administration’s latest proposal attacks immigrant families
    Sep 24, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Department of Homeland Security proposal announced Sept. 22, aims to change the policy for who may qualify to become a lawful permanent resident, putting the interests of the wealthy ahead of the needs of poorer families who have waited years to be reunited. “The administration has sunk to a new level of cruelty with this proposal to punish immigrants who use government assistance to feed, provide medical care for and house their families,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Sep 19, 2018: CLINIC statement on refugee admissions target and linkage to asylum backlog
    Sep 19, 2018: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of asylum backlogs as a defense of the president’s shockingly low refugee admissions cap for the coming year is appalling. At the Catholic Legal Immigration Network we think Pompeo’s argument that the need to resolve the asylum backlog justifies closing American doors to some of the world’s most vulnerable people is a blatant attempt to pit one precariously situated group against another.
  • Sep 7, 2018: Administration proposal to detain more families for longer periods is an ‘abomination’
    Sep 7, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s proposed regulations to dismantle the Flores Settlement Agreement are a blatant attempt to make an end run around the agreement that protects the dignity, respect and consideration for the vulnerability of children held in immigration custody. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register Sept. 7.

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