CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News.

Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside Readies the Inland Empire

Martin Gauto, CLINIC Attorney and Field Support Coordinator

CLINIC has accepted a new member agency and two new subscribers:

Catholic Charities of Harrisburg Immigration Legal Services.  CLINIC has accepted a new member agency, Catholic Charities of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The organization was a previous member but is in the process of reconstituting its immigration legal program.  The organization is pursuing BIA recognition with one person to be accredited first.  John Leedock, Jr. is the program director of Catholic Charities of Harrisburg Immigration Legal Services.

The debate over the large-scale migration of children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico has characteristically devolved into political theater. Perversely, as the evidence builds regarding the dangers that have driven the children's flight, opposition remains high in Congress and the Administration to a fair and full review of their claims to protection under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA).

I was afforded the opportunity to visit Artesia, New Mexico to assist the on-the-ground immigration attorneys providing free legal services to the over 500 detained women and children. The families have fled their home countries in Central America due abject poverty and increased violence.