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Update from Ciudad Juarez

By Susan Schreiber CLINIC held its annual two-day family-based immigration law conference in El Paso, Texas on November 12-13, 2014.  In the afternoon of the second day, representatives from the consulate and USCIS spoke and answered participants’ questions.  On an optional third day, participants toured the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez.  The following is a summary of updated information from the conference and the tour.   The Consulate and How to Contact Officers

BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations (November 2014)

CLINIC congratulates the following agencies and staff: The Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, Silverdale, Washington, received BIA agency recognition in mid-October and staff Anita Smith and Ray Garrido received partial accreditation. This group is almost entirely a volunteer effort serving immigrants on the peninsula across Puget Sound from Seattle, Washington.  Health Care Access, located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, received BIA agency recognition and partial accreditation for staff Marjorie Arias on October 28, 2014.

CLINIC Welcomes a New Member (November 2014)

CLINIC Welcomes a New Membe CLINIC welcomes a new member agency, Sisters of Saint Benedict Immigration Outreach, in Ferdinand, Indiana.  This is a reconstituted immigration legal program previously known in our network as Guadalupe Center Immigration Services in Huntingburg and Washington, Indiana.  This is a different Catholic immigration program than the one recently established  by Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Evansville, the same diocese where Ferdinand, Indiana is located.

Network Affiliate Profile: Mil Mujeres

Why is the mission of Mil Mujeres so important?

Recognizing Changmaker, Mil Mujeres on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In observation of this important day, CLINIC recognizes affiliate, Mil Mujeres for their inspiring efforts on behalf of vulnerable, immigrant women.  Founded in 2007, Mil Mujeres provides charitable legal immigration services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  With locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, Mil Mujeres has been a CLINIC subscriber s

Citizenship Integration Toolkit - Model Programs

Looking for ideas to promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community? The General Integration Resources page is a great place to find information on integration program planning, training and tools on how integration can be promoted locally, and performance measurement strategies. CLINIC offers model programs that spotlight agency-wide immigrant integration initiatives across our network. Additionally, tools and trainings provided can increase the impact of immigrant integration programs at the local level.

Catholics Welcome Executive Action, Urge Further Reform

Catholic leaders, including CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson, applaud immigration action and express the need for further action.  “Administrative relief is no substitute for legislative reform,” Jeanne explains, “We need a permanent fix to the immigration system.”   Read the article.  Source:  EWTN News 11-21-2014.

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