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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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    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?


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  • 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.  
  • Sep 11, 2014: CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson and Attorney Silvana Arista among Catholic Advocates Addressing...
    Sep 11, 2014: The National Catholic Reporters’ Global Sisters Report investigates the Catholic response to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Jeanne M. Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, discusses push factors for the forced migration, the denial of legal rights to refugees, and the efforts of  CLINIC Attorney, Silvana Arista at the Artesia, New Mexico facility to build the capacity of volunteer attorneys assisting detained women and children.  


Press Releases

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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   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 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...