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  • Sep 23, 2015: The Arduous Journey Ahead for Families Freed From Detention
    Sep 23, 2015: I had the opportunity to volunteer for a week with the CARA Pro Bono Project which provides legal assistance to women and children detained in the South Texas Family Detention Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) erected this facility last year in the desolate town of Dilley (population 3,674). It is managed and operated by a for-profit entity called Corrections Corporation of America.
  • Sep 17, 2015: Citizenship: A Step on the Pathway to Integration
    Sep 17, 2015: As Citizenship Week comes to a close, it is worthwhile to remember that naturalization is but one step on the pathway to the larger goal of immigrant integration.  Immigrant integration is the creation of something new in the places where we live – a more inclusive community that reflects the needs and wants of all its residents. Immigrant integration takes deliberate and on-going work by both the receiving community and the newcomers, and it requires a community to grow and change as it stretches to allow everyone a chance to access services, make an impact, and...
  • Sep 17, 2015: Citizenship Day: Honoring Newcomers and Immigrant Champions
    Sep 17, 2015: On Constitution and Citizenship Day, we honor, not only the newcomers who have and will naturalize, but also the champions who guide them through complex immigration processes and embark on innovative ways to overcome obstacles to immigrant integration.
  • Sep 16, 2015: The Immigration Journey of Fr. Gustavo Adolfo Montañez
    Sep 16, 2015: I believe that dreams come true and that a good dream becomes true life. Without dreams, all we have is reality. Sometimes on our most important dreams, all we can do is give them our best shot, hope for the highest good, and let go. Knowing I could use all the help available, I contacted CLINIC to fulfill my dream in becoming a Citizen of United States of America.
  • Sep 15, 2015: Advocacy in Action: Scenes from a Naturalization Ceremony
    Sep 15, 2015: “…I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; … that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
  • Sep 14, 2015: Celebrating Citizenship Day: Resources Available
    Sep 14, 2015: CLINIC has been promoting and facilitating naturalization for more than two decades, and has developed myriad resources on naturalization for our affiliates and the general public. As we kick off our celebration of citizenship this week, today is a great time to recall these resources and highlight a few. The best part is, most of these resources are free!
  • Sep 9, 2015: The Serendipity of Life: How French Fries Inspired Me to Help Detained Immigrants
    Sep 9, 2015: Interesting are “los caminos de la vida” (the paths of life). Forty-five minutes away from the rural canton where I grew up in El Salvador is a town called Cara Sucia, well known for its market. I loved going to Cara Sucia as a child because we could buy things you couldn’t get anywhere else. My sister and I always loved visiting this tiny stand that sold delicious french fries, prepared crisp and golden with the perfect amount of ketchup, mayonnaise and shredded cheese. I always remembered those fries with fondness, but never thought I would call up such cherished...
  • Sep 2, 2015: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
    Sep 2, 2015: Reflections on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina elicit dark memories of loss of life, displacement and destruction. But looking back also reminds us of great acts of heroism and abundant generosity. For social and political reasons, we should take a long, hard look back at 2005 and where we are as a nation today. CLINIC looks back and recalls its own response to the destruction and how the Gulf Coast looks today from the perspective of welcoming immigrants and creating opportunities for social integration in the process.


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  • Mar 12, 2015: Lenten Toolkit Inspires Immigration Advocacy
    Mar 12, 2015: The Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign, of which CLINIC is a core member, created a Lenten toolkit for Catholics entitled “Immigration Reform:  Your Lenten Promise.”  The resource invites readers to pray, fast, learn, give and advocate for just and humane immigration reform.  “We are asking people in the pews to consider the plight of vulnerable immigrants, such as unaccompanied children and families in detention facilities,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Directors says, “as well as the need
  • 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.


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  • Nov 20, 2013: Bishop Vann Named Chair, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board, Succeeds Bishop...
    Nov 20, 2013: November 19, 2013 WASHINGTON—Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California, has been appointed chairman of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board of Directors by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Archbishop Kurtz made the announcement November 18.
  • Nov 12, 2013: First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) Announcement
    Nov 12, 2013:  The Lawyers' Committee, the National Immigration Law Center and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Announce First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) Partnership 
  • Apr 17, 2013: Bishops’ Migration Chair Welcomes Introduction Of Immigration Proposal; Pledges To Work So Final...
    Apr 17, 2013: April 17, 2013 - WASHINGTON—The introduction of U.S. Senate bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system was welcomed by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, April 17. Archbishop Gomez also pledged that the U.S. bishops would carefully examine the legislation and work with Congress to ensure that any final measure respects the basic human rights and dignity of migrants.
  • 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...