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  • Aug 18, 2015: Coffee and Conversation: Hogar Immigrant Services
    Aug 18, 2015: Looking for an innovative, sustainable way to encourage student retention and improve student’s command of the English language? Read about Coffee and Conversation, an exciting program offered by Hogar Immigrant Services that allows immigrants and the receiving community a chance to get to know one another.
  • Aug 14, 2015: Immigrant Integration and the Public Library
    Aug 14, 2015: On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his support for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These programs are expected to prevent some immigrants from being deported and grant temporary permission for many to stay in the US. As of right now, the number of qualified attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA) accredited representatives available to provide affordable and quality immigration legal services does not meet the...
  • Aug 12, 2015: A Call to Faithfulness
    Aug 12, 2015: In call to faithful service to all whom the Lord sends our way, we remember that there is a name and human story (and often a story of Faith) behind each name and form we fill out , and we remember to always step forward in faith each day in the call and the mission that the Lord gives to each one of us in all of the ways that we are involved with CLINIC to serve “the least among us.”
  • Jul 31, 2015: Reflections on My Religious Life
    Jul 31, 2015: I grew up in Denver Colorado in a pious Catholic family, the middle of three children.  Both of my parents considered the possibility of entering religious life when they were young people, so the thought of a priestly or religious vocation for us children was always present alongside that of the married state.  I attended the parish school, and then went on to an all-boys Catholic preparatory school run by the Jesuit Fathers.  It was there that I first met religious order priests, and it was there in high school that I first seriously considered becoming a priest...
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    Jul 24, 2015: RIS Legal Interns Reflect on Their Internship Experience at CLINIC
    Jul 24, 2015: Read about two interns' experiences working at CLINIC.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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...
  • 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...

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