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  • May 22, 2015: Government Officials Address CLINIC’s 15th Annual Convening Plenary
    May 22, 2015:   CLINIC’s 15th annual Convening took place in Salt Lake City, Utah last week.  Each year, the Convening presents an opportunity for dialogue between federal agencies, direct service providers, and advocates on immigration issues affecting communities across the nation.  This year, we were honored to have two distinguished government speakers: León Rodríguez, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Juan P. Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).
  • May 19, 2015: Staff Highlight: Minyoung Ohm
    May 19, 2015: Minyoung Ohm is a staff attorney with the Religious Immigration Services Section of CLINIC.  Prior to joining CLINIC, she was an associate attorney at Carliner & Remes in Washington D.C. and practiced immigration law in a variety of areas, including asylum, family-based visa petitions, and business immigration matters.  She graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 2003.
  • May 15, 2015: Pentecost: Celebrating the Missionary Call
    May 15, 2015: The Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to go forth and preach the joy of the Gospel. At Pentecost, we recognize this special time to celebrate the missionary call. We are inspired by all who, like you, have heard this call and pursued their vocations, no matter the obstacles on their journey. Obstacles of immigration status are all too familiar to foreign born religious workers like Sr. Maria. Having crossed the border into the United States at fourteen years old, Maria didn’t have the papers necessary to pursue her calling to religious life.
  • May 12, 2015: Project Hope - Proyecto Esperanza
    May 12, 2015: Project Hope, based in Archbold, Ohio, provides professional legal services and educates immigrants about their rights and responsibilities of living in the United States. The organization's mission is to support immigrant integration and, as its name implies, give hope to immigrant families working and living in northwest Ohio (and beyond).  
  • May 8, 2015: Op-ed: The Ideals of Utah Compact are Bringing us Here
    May 8, 2015: Op-ed orginally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, May 8, 2015.
  • May 4, 2015: A Path to Citizenship for Immigrants
    May 4, 2015: A version of this letter appears in print on May 2, 2015, on page A20 of the New York edition of the New York Times with the headline: A Path to Citizenship. To the Editor:
  • May 4, 2015: CLINIC Helps Black Immigrants Achieve Their Dreams in the United States
    May 4, 2015: News stories and images of desperate African and Middle Eastern people fleeing their home countries  aboard overcrowded ships that sink in the Mediterranean Sea are heartbreaking and speak to why CLINIC has a mission to serve vulnerable migrants.  These stories also give CLINIC pause to reflect on how black immigrants arrive to the U.S. and are fairing.  New findings from the Pew Research Center about black immigrants are striking and evoke a lesser known story about CLINIC’s history of helping black immigrants achieve their dreams in the U.S.
  • Apr 24, 2015: Asylum Seekers Still Stranded in Dilley Detention Limbo
    Apr 24, 2015: Op-ed orginally appeared in the Express-News, April 24, 2015. Since last summer’s surge of immigrant mothers and children fleeing violence and chaos in their home countries, the policy of the Obama administration has been to round them up and incarcerate them while their claims for asylum and the right to safe resettlement are slowly sorted out.


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  • Nov 12, 2014: Bishops to Introduce New Congress to Church Priorities
    Nov 12, 2014: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky intends to meet with President Obama and members of Congress to convey the importance of various priority issues to the Catholic community.  The Fall Assembly of U.S. Bishops saw a renewed commitment to addressing immigration and other issues threatening human dignity.  Read the article.  November 12, 2014
  • Nov 12, 2014: CLINIC Executive Director Urges Reevaluation of Family-based System
    Nov 12, 2014: Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director,recommends changes to immigration policy to unify families and offer undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.  “We have basically encouraged or used the labor of the people who are here on unauthorized status – they need to be given some sort of benefit, and we would like to see them put on a path towards citizenship,” says Atkinson.  Read the article.  November 12, 2014
  • Nov 11, 2014: Board Elections Held at U.S. Bishops' Annual Fall Meeting
    Nov 11, 2014: Most Reverend Martin Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Most Reverend Edgar da Cunha, Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts were elected to the CLINIC board of directors during the General Assembly of U.S. Bishops. Read the article.  November 11, 2014
  • Nov 6, 2014: CLINIC Advocacy Director and Maryland Catholic Conference Encourage Student Engagement
    Nov 6, 2014: Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, tackles the topic of U.S. immigration policy and the steps University of Maryland students can take to make a difference:  “We are a country of immigrants. We are immigrants and immigrants are us.  It’s not a problem that is going to go away, and it’s a great time to get involved to really make an impact.”  Read the article.  October 30, 2014 
  • Nov 6, 2014: CLINIC Receives Federal Funding to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence
    Nov 6, 2014: Senators  announce that 13 Maryland organizations will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.  CLINIC will be funded to build the capacity of community-based organizations assisting victims of domestic abuse.  Read the article.  October 30, 2014
  • Oct 28, 2014: CLINIC Director Joins EWTN News Nightly for Midterm 2014 Election Coverage
    Oct 28, 2014: Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director discusses faithful citizenship and immigration reform as a priority issue in November.  The Catholic perspective on immigration is shared, encouraging voters to “welcome the stranger” during election season.  Segment begins at 19:50. October 28, 2014
  • Oct 10, 2014: CLINIC Staff Members Named as Top Latinos Under 40
    Oct 10, 2014: The Huffington Post’s Pablo Manriquez highlights the year’s top 40 Latinos under the age of 40 in the United States.  CLINIC’s Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Director and Tatyana Delgado, Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney place among these groundbreaking young people doing important work in politics.  Read the article.  October 7, 2014
  • Oct 10, 2014: CLINIC and Affiliates Receive Federal Funding to Support Unaccompanied Children
    Oct 10, 2014: The White House has announced that federal funding will be allocated for legal assistance to unaccompanied Central American children.  Catholic agencies, including the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and affiliates, are slated to receive funding to enhance service provision.  Read the article.  October 3, 2014


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  • 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...
  • May 30, 2012: CLINIC Presents CLINIC Champion Award to SC Ministry Foundation
    May 30, 2012: Austin, TX (May 23, 2012)  - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today recognizes the SC Ministry Foundation with its CLINIC Champion award as part of its 2012 Annual Convening. “We are extremely grateful to the SC Ministry Foundation for its commitment to all immigrants and for its financial support of CLINIC and essential programs serving immigrants across the country,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s executive director.  “Over the past decade, the SC Ministry Foundation has meaningfully invested in communities and in community programs,
  • Apr 26, 2012: CLINIC Launching Catholic Media Initiative for Citizenship in Los Angeles on April 28
    Apr 26, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202 635 CLINIC LAUNCHING CATHOLIC MEDIA INITIATIVE FOR CITIZENSHIP IN LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 28 "La Ciudadanía: Cambia Tu Vida"-Multi-media Initiative Unites Catholic-, Community-, and Media Organizations to Inspire 1.2 Million Eligible Angelenos to Naturalize Los Angeles, CA -- April 26, 2012 - [En Español] -The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is launching a first-of-its-kind series of public service announcements to encourage the 1.2 million eligible Hispanics in the Los Angeles...
  • Apr 2, 2012: CLINIC Welcomes Revised Waiver Guidelines, Seeks Revisions
    Apr 2, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825   CLINIC Welcomes Revised Waiver Guidelines, Seeks Revisions Washington, DC (April 2, 2012) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued its proposed rule related to pre-adjudication of unlawful presence waivers for certain family members. The proposed rule permits spouses and minor/unmarried children of U.S. citizens to apply for and receive a provisional waiver of their...


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  • 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)