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  • Jul 17, 2015: CLINIC Welcomes Isabel Saavedra to the CARA Pro Bono Project
    Jul 17, 2015: CLINIC is pleased to welcome Isabel Saavedra to the CARA Pro Bono Project to assist the women and children detained at the Dilley, Texas detention facility (Southern Texas Family Residential Center). As an attorney for CLINIC, Isabel will primarily assist in project management and the coordination of volunteers. We pray for her important work and that of Brian Hoffman, Lead CARA Project Attorney, and project volunteers as they continue to facilitate due process for vulnerable asylees on the ground.
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    Jul 14, 2015: The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border
    Jul 14, 2015: “Children’s lives are at stake.” These poignant words were written by Jeanne Atkinson; CLINIC’s Executive Director, in an article posted to Roll Call last month, and they could not be more accurate. In 2014, our nation witnessed an unprecedented increase in the immigration of unaccompanied migrant children and families fleeing persecution in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. On July 7, 2015, a hearing was held by the U.S.
  • Jul 10, 2015: Accompanying Refugees at Berks Family Detention Center
    Jul 10, 2015: I don’t understand all the paperwork, but I trust God and I trust my lawyer will do a good job representing me.
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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.

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  • 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.
  • Nov 21, 2014: Catholics Welcome Executive Action, Urge Further Reform
    Nov 21, 2014: Catholic leaders, including CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson, applaud immigration action and express the need for further action.  “Administrative relief is no substitute for legislative reform,” Jeanne explains, “We need a permanent fix to the immigration system.”   Read the article.  Source:  EWTN News. November 21, 2014.
  • Nov 14, 2014: Bishops Advocate for Immigration Action
    Nov 14, 2014: CLINIC and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) support the prospect of an executive order on immigration to prevent the separation of families.  In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johsnon, CLINIC Board Chair, Bishop Kevin Vann and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo encourage reform.   Read the article.  Source:  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. November 14, 2014.
  • Nov 14, 2014: CLINIC Advocacy Director Makes the Case for Administrative Relief
    Nov 14, 2014: Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, joins EWTN News Nightly and Jonathan Keim of the Judicial Crisis Network to share her thoughts on the White House’s forthcoming Executive Action regarding immigration.  Segment begins at 3:50.  Source:  EWTN News Nightly. November 14, 2014.
  • 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

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  • 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...
  • 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 5825wrhein@cliniclegal.org 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...

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