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In hindsight, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to attend a faith-based university in an affluent suburb of Kansas City. In May, as I sat in queue to walk across the stage and receive my diploma, I was at a loss as to how I would implement all of the motivational speeches and advice handed to college graduates. In this recent graduate daze, I arrived in DC this summer. The last few weeks have been not only been enlightening as to what it means to engage in public policy and to serve the rights of immigrants, but have also solidified my commitment to public service.

As a response to the humanitarian crisis of children arriving at our Southern border, Congress considered legislation that would strip the protections created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. These changes would allow the United States to return Central American children to their home countries without meaningful screening to determine whether they are victims of trafficking or fear persecution.

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  This month we highlight an outstanding agency:      

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay (JFCS/East Bay)

Nation-wide, over 190 counties and localities have limited cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.   CLINIC data on “detainers” is cited to demonstrate the growing number of localities out of these temporary holds of the foreign-born, charged with low-level, local offenses.  Read the article.  August 3, 2014