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Come, Lord Jesus!

Dear brothers and sisters of CLINIC, As we enter close now to the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Church’s Liturgy prays every night the prophetic and powerful “O Antiphons” which sing out the Messianic titles of the Lord rooted in the prophecies of the Old Testament.  In these same days, there is another powerful event happening in our midst:  “Las Posadas."

Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, Hogar Immigrant Services

Jonah Meyers and Leya Speasmaker   Hogar Immigrant Services, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, was founded in 1981. Since its inception, the program has offered English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Hogar began offering citizenship test preparation classes in the mid 1990s. Hogar responds to the Catholic Church’s call for social justice by welcoming immigrants regardless of their ethnicity, religion, nationality, or ability to pay.

Intercambio: Uniting Communities

Jonah Meyers and Leya Speasmaker   Intercambio was founded in 2000 by Lee Shainis and Shawn Camden and quickly grew from English classes in Shainis’s basement into a highly respected non-profit organization operating in several towns in Boulder County, Colorado. Intercambio’s mission is to make the ethnically diverse communities in Boulder County more safe, friendly and economically prosperous through their broad-ranging immigrant integration program.

Las Posadas: An Invitation to Hospitality

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014, Welcoming the Stranger Edition of Catholic Woman Magazine, by the National Council of Catholic Women:

Sunset Provisions Deadline Approaching

By Minyoung Ohm RIS Attorney  

Rita Dhakal Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary at CLINIC

Rita Dhakal joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2009.  She currently works with Attorney Megan Turngren to help to provide legal services to RIS clients.  In addition, Rita volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where she interviews clients for case intake and placement for the Uncontested Divorce Clinic. 

RIS Staff Retreat – Fall 2014

By Minyoung Ohm RIS Attorney  

A Note of Thanks

By Miguel Naranjo RIS Director   At this time of the year I always find myself reflecting on the past 11 months.  I look back at the things we accomplished, the things that did not turn out so well, and on how we might do things differently in the New Year.  In addition, I also feel grateful for many things in life, including how fortunate I am to be working at CLINIC with the Religious Immigration Services (RIS) section

CLINIC Resources for Administrative Relief

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a major immigration policy change that would grant millions of individuals (without legal status in the U.S.) temporary stay from deportation and the opportunity to apply for work authorization.   This administrative relief would be valid for three years.  The executive action contains several initiatives including:  

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