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  • Apr 21, 2015: CLINIC Helps Indiana Welcome Newcomers
    Apr 21, 2015: Across the country CLINIC and its 260-plus affiliates strive to welcome newcomers who seek to reunite with long-separated family members, work for fair wages with dignity, and find legal protections in the U.S. from persecution in their countries of origin. Helping our country, a state, or local community be welcoming to immigrants isn’t always easy but it is the right thing to do. Indiana is a case in point.
  • Hands together as a team
    Apr 17, 2015: Overview of the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration
    Apr 17, 2015: On April 15, 2015, the recently formed White House Task Force on New Americans submitted its strategic action plan outlining a federal integration strategy to President Obama.
  • Apr 15, 2015: Bishop McElroy: Walking with People on the Journey to Justice
    Apr 15, 2015: CLINIC congratulates Bishop Robert McElroy on his installation as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of San Diego!  As we pray for Bishop McElroy today, we recall his leadership regarding immigrant integration in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and look forward to his ministry as shepherd of San Diego’s 98 parishes in Imperial and San Diego Counties. 
  • Tax forms around a computer
    Apr 9, 2015: Taxes and the Affordable Care Act
    Apr 9, 2015: On March 13, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted a consumer alert warning taxpayers about unscrupulous tax preparers and the Affordable Care Act. In the English and Spanish alert, the IRS urged taxpayers to be careful when selecting tax preparers. It also stressed that payments should only be made with their tax returns or in response to a letter from IRS and not directly to the tax preparer. The announcement came in response to reports that unscrupulous preparers have advised their clients to make direct payments to them.  
  • Apr 8, 2015: ‘We Belong Here’, Hartford Public Library
    Apr 8, 2015: Hartford Public Library, a BIA Recognized CLINIC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a unique and effective immigrant integration program, which includes a range of legal and educational services to immigrants. The ‘We Belong Here’ program, led by Homa Naficy, is a powerful addition to the growing number of local integration initiatives nationwide.
  • Apr 7, 2015: Year of Consecrated Life: Following Him with Great Serenity and Spiritual Joy
    Apr 7, 2015: I am Sister Andrea Marie, a Novice of Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma (abbr. RSM). I am glad to have this opportunity of sharing with you my vocation story as a Religious Sister, as well as my immigration process as a Religious Worker. I am a Korean (South) citizen, but came to US from Germany, where I lived for seven years. In the summer of 2012, I came to Alma, Michigan, where our Motherhouse is located, in order to enter into the formation program of our community.
  • Apr 2, 2015: A Reflection for Holy Thursday
    Apr 2, 2015: *The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Lent Reflection Series  
  • Apr 1, 2015: Holy Week : March 29-April 4 Repentance and Hope
    Apr 1, 2015: Lamentations are a part of our faith tradition. They transcend the logic of reason, rational analysis, study and planning. They pierce the crusty calluses of numbness, cynicism, indifference and denial. Laments are cries of anguish and outrage, groans of deep pain and grief, utterances of profound protest and righteous indignation over injustice, wails of mourning and sorrow in the face of unbearable suffering. Laments name the present pain, and forthrightly acknowledge that life and relationships have gone terribly wrong. Laments both stem from and lead to deep...


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  • Oct 3, 2014: CLINIC Letter Campaign a Compassionate Response to Family Detention
    Oct 3, 2014: The National Catholic Reporters’ Global Sisters Report recognizes CLINIC and partners for the letters of support submitted to detainees in Aretsia, New Mexico.  This Catholic response is praised as a small act of kindness with a huge impact on the morale of detained Central American refugees.  Read the article. September 30, 2014
  • Sep 18, 2014: AmeriCorps Program to Place Volunteer Attorneys with CLINIC Affiliates
    Sep 18, 2014: The Justice Department has granted $1.8 million for the creation of a new AmeriCorps program that will send lawyers and paralegals to immigration programs including affiliates of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.(CLINIC).  Fellows will represent children in immigration proceedings.
  • Sep 17, 2014: America Magazine Highlights Efforts of Immigrant Advocates, Including CLINIC and USCCB, Amidst “...
    Sep 17, 2014: In light of President Obama's delay of executive action on immigration, advocates for immigrants have amplified the call for administrative measures.  The joint CLINIC-USCCB letter, submitted to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson by Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo and Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, is sited for recommending steps to address the family separation. Read the article. September 12, 2014.  
  • Sep 11, 2014: CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson and Attorney Silvana Arista among Catholic Advocates Addressing...
    Sep 11, 2014: The National Catholic Reporters’ Global Sisters Report investigates the Catholic response to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Jeanne M. Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, discusses push factors for the forced migration, the denial of legal rights to refugees, and the efforts of  CLINIC Attorney, Silvana Arista at the Artesia, New Mexico facility to build the capacity of volunteer attorneys assisting detained women and children.  
  • Aug 29, 2014: EWTN Highlights Challenges with Immigration Court Hearings
    Aug 29, 2014:  EWTN’s News Nightly recently highlighted the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview with EWTN, CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Bradley Jenkins describes the difficulties immigrants face:   “The difficulties in presenting a case are compounded by the fact that you are testifying through an interpreter, the fact that in many places around the country you are your only witness and you are presenting your story through a television screen.”   The segment begins at 10:12  
  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson Discusses Concern about Due Process for Unaccompanied Children
    Aug 20, 2014: Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, and Adonia Simpson, Managing Attorney for Immigration Legal Services at CLINIC affiliate the Esperanza Center in Baltimore, discuss with the Baltimore Sun concerns about the “rocket docket” in Baltimore.   Ms. Atkinson is quoted: “I believe that the impression that is being given to immigration judges is that the goal is to push these children through proceedings very quickly…The rocket dockets are vastly concerning for due process."  
  • Aug 3, 2014: CLINIC Data on Detainers Cited by CNN
    Aug 3, 2014: Nation-wide, over 190 counties and localities have limited cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.   CLINIC data on “detainers” is cited to demonstrate the growing number of localities out of these temporary holds of the foreign-born, charged with low-level, local offenses.  Read the article.  August 3, 2014
  • Jul 25, 2014: CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson Discusses the Plight of Children Fleeing Central America on EWTN
    Jul 25, 2014: In an interview with EWTN News Nightly, CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discusses the plight of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States and their legal options.  


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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   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   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 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...