CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities. We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News.
November 19, 2013
WASHINGTON—Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California, has been appointed chairman of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board of Directors by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Archbishop Kurtz made the announcement November 18.
By Susan Schreiber
CLINIC conducted its fifteenth annual family-based immigration law conference in El Paso on November 12-14, followed by a tour of the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez (CDJ) on November 15. Justin Williamson, Deputy Immigrant Visa (IV) Chief, U.S. Consulate, CDJ, gave a presentation and answered questions from participants. The following unofficial minutes represent some of the highlights of Mr. Williamson’s presentation.
Left to Right: Martin Gauto, CLINIC, My-Hanh Luu, Elsa Ornelas, Sandra Molina, Oras Mohammed, and Simona Botezatu of Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties in California meeting on October 21, 2013 to discuss preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).
This webinar will address immigration detention, including the federal mandate requiring the detention of certain immigrants, the recent rise of immigration detention, and alternatives to detention. Additionally, the panel will include local perspectives on the effects of detention facilities on communities and how local stakeholders can help combat this national phenomenon.
Attorney, Immigration Legal Services
Bilingual Spanish, Walnut Creek, CA Office
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay (JFCS/East Bay)
CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving partial BIA accreditation:
Sebastian Zavala, Director of Legal Services, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Oakland, CA, reports that two members of his staff, Maciel Jacques and Julia Preza, were granted partial accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals in November.
Catholic Charities of Idaho announced that Katie Rubin of their Nampa, ID office, received partial accreditation in October.
With the support of the Four Freedoms Fund, and in conjunction with other immigrant right organizations, CLINIC is tracking trends in immigration enforcement abuse in order to form a litigation strategy. To support this goal, CLINIC is asking affiliates to share information about cases that may be in need of litigation before state, local, and federal court systems.
What was arguably the most reprehensible state anti-immigrant law in the country - Alabama’s HB 56 - has finally been defeated! Last month, a settlement was reached in two lawsuits challenging Alabama’s infamous law which sought to make life so difficult for the undocumented that they would leave the state of their own volition. The terms agreed to by the State of Alabama put an end to the two lawsuits (Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v.