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  • Jun 16, 2015: Responding to the Needs of Children in Immigration Detention
    Jun 16, 2015: Stories of child migrants leaving their violence-ridden countries in Central America continue to unfold a year after 2014’s record high levels of refugee migration. Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain plagued by crime, mostly associated with drug and gang activity.  Case in point, Honduras has the highest murder rate per capita in the world.  All the while, Mexico’s deportation rate of Central American children has risen, contributing to the decline in the numbers of those who reach the U.S.
  • Jun 15, 2015: Littleton Immigrant Resources Center
    Jun 15, 2015: Littleton Immigrant Resources Center (LIRC), a Littleton, Colorado-based CLINIC affiliate, is making extensive advancements in the area of immigrant integration. Led by Petula McShiras, this city government funded program emphasizes the importance of community connections in its work to encourage integration. The LIRC offers a cultural exchange between volunteer mentors and immigrants to foster inclusiveness and to encourage an integrated community.
  • Jun 12, 2015: Making Citizenship Available to the Vulnerable
    Jun 12, 2015: On March 17, 2015, U.S.
  • Jun 9, 2015: Executive Actions on Immigration: The Critical Role of Consulates in Protecting and Preparing their...
    Jun 9, 2015: On May 26, 2015, CLINIC, the American Immigration Council (AIC), and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) hosted Executive Actions on Immigration: The Critical Role of Consulates in Protecting and Preparing their Nationals.
  • Jun 2, 2015: CLINIC Welcomes Advocacy Attorney Jill Marie Bussey
    Jun 2, 2015: CLINIC welcomes Jill Marie Bussey as Advocacy Attorney. Her efforts will engage CLINIC affiliates, other advocates, and government agencies to guide the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Jill focuses on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), enforcement priorities, and other topics.   How have you been involved in immigration advocacy?
  • May 22, 2015: Government Officials Address CLINIC’s 15th Annual Convening Plenary
    May 22, 2015:   CLINIC’s 15th annual Convening took place in Salt Lake City, Utah last week.  Each year, the Convening presents an opportunity for dialogue between federal agencies, direct service providers, and advocates on immigration issues affecting communities across the nation.  This year, we were honored to have two distinguished government speakers: León Rodríguez, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Juan P. Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).
  • May 19, 2015: Staff Highlight: Minyoung Ohm
    May 19, 2015: Minyoung Ohm is a staff attorney with the Religious Immigration Services Section of CLINIC.  Prior to joining CLINIC, she was an associate attorney at Carliner & Remes in Washington D.C. and practiced immigration law in a variety of areas, including asylum, family-based visa petitions, and business immigration matters.  She graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 2003.
  • May 15, 2015: Pentecost: Celebrating the Missionary Call
    May 15, 2015: The Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to go forth and preach the joy of the Gospel. At Pentecost, we recognize this special time to celebrate the missionary call. We are inspired by all who, like you, have heard this call and pursued their vocations, no matter the obstacles on their journey. Obstacles of immigration status are all too familiar to foreign born religious workers like Sr. Maria. Having crossed the border into the United States at fourteen years old, Maria didn’t have the papers necessary to pursue her calling to religious life.

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  • 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 
  • Nov 6, 2014: CLINIC Receives Federal Funding to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence
    Nov 6, 2014: Senators  announce that 13 Maryland organizations will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.  CLINIC will be funded to build the capacity of community-based organizations assisting victims of domestic abuse.  Read the article.  October 30, 2014
  • Oct 28, 2014: CLINIC Director Joins EWTN News Nightly for Midterm 2014 Election Coverage
    Oct 28, 2014: Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director discusses faithful citizenship and immigration reform as a priority issue in November.  The Catholic perspective on immigration is shared, encouraging voters to “welcome the stranger” during election season.  Segment begins at 19:50. October 28, 2014
  • Oct 10, 2014: CLINIC Staff Members Named as Top Latinos Under 40
    Oct 10, 2014: The Huffington Post’s Pablo Manriquez highlights the year’s top 40 Latinos under the age of 40 in the United States.  CLINIC’s Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Director and Tatyana Delgado, Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney place among these groundbreaking young people doing important work in politics.  Read the article.  October 7, 2014
  • Oct 10, 2014: CLINIC and Affiliates Receive Federal Funding to Support Unaccompanied Children
    Oct 10, 2014: The White House has announced that federal funding will be allocated for legal assistance to unaccompanied Central American children.  Catholic agencies, including the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and affiliates, are slated to receive funding to enhance service provision.  Read the article.  October 3, 2014
  • 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.  

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  • Jan 6, 2012: CLINIC Applauds Revised Waiver Policy as Family-Friendly
    Jan 6, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825  wrhein@cliniclegal.org   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  wrhein@cliniclegal.org 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...

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