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  • Aug 25, 2015: My Week in Dilley, Serving Asylum Seekers Through the CARA Pro Bono Project
    Aug 25, 2015: More than 1,400 women and children—mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. A significant number of these families come to the United States forced out of their communities by death threats, rape, extortion, or they are running away to keep their children from forced recruitment by the MS-13 or La 18 gangs.
  • Aug 20, 2015: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
    Aug 20, 2015: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), a CLINIC affiliate located in Sacramento, California, focuses its wide array of services through a lens of immigrant integration. Clients coming to SFBFS are screened for eligibility for any of the available services including immigrant legal services. SFBFS views it as their responsibility to serve the whole client, thus leading them, after almost 30 years of serving as the community’s food bank, to establish an immigrant legal services program to further assist their community.
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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 


Press Releases

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  • 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...
  • Mar 9, 2012: LawLogix to Provide CLINIC Affiliates with New Benefits: Exclusive Pricing Discounts, Training...
    Mar 9, 2012: LawLogix and CLINIC have entered into a multi-year partnership to provide immigration case management software to CLINIC’s large and growing network of non-profit legal services providers. Under the terms of the agreement, LawLogix will provide CLINIC affiliates across the U.S. with value added benefits including custom user training and certification programs.  For more on the new pricing discounts and programs exclusively available to CLINIC members and subscribers) and for information on how to become a CLINIC affiliate, click on the aforementioned links in...
  • 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...