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ICE announced revised its detention standards on February 27, 2012.  CLINIC participated in a working group to develop the standards, known as PBNDS 2011 (Performance Based National Detention Standards 2011).  Special attention was paid to standards that improve medical and mental health services, increase access to legal services and religious opportunities, improve communication with detainees with limited English proficiency, improve the process for reporting and responding to complaints, reinforce protections against sexual abu

CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving initial and renewed Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) credentials as accredited representatives:

Paula Read, Catholic Charities Diocese of Albany, Albany, NY received partial accreditation on February 22, 2012.

Carolina Farvour received initial partial accreditation; Laurie Martinez and So Thao were re-accredited with partial accreditation on February 17, 2012; all are from Catholic Charities of Green Bay, Inc., Green Bay, WI.

By Jennie Guilfoyle

The USCIS recently announced that it will soon change the filing and adjudication locations of waiver applications that are currently filed overseas.  Once this change goes into effect, all I-601s and associated I-212s and I-290Bs that were previously filed at U.S. embassies or consulates abroad and then forwarded to a USCIS overseas office will be filed at the Phoenix Lockbox and adjudicated at the Nebraska Service Center.  On March 9, 2012 the USCIS held a stakeholder engagement call to discuss the specifics of this lockbox filing program.

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) submitted these comments on March 30, 2012 in response to the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) proposal to amend the regulations governing the recognition of organizations and accreditation of representatives who appear before EOIR.

CLINIC and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined other faith-based organizations in asking Congress to permanently extend the Religious Worker Visa Program.  See the letter here.

CLINIC hosted a webinar to train users of CLINIC's new web-based State & Local Immigration Policy Map. The Map offers CLINIC's many state-specific resources on policy proposals affecting immigrants and their families. This webinar will be free and open to the public. During this fully interactive training, participants experienced a real-time demonstration of the Map's capabilities, received step-by-step instruction in finding materials, asked questions of CLINIC's State & Local Advocacy Attorney Karen Lucas and CLINIC's Communications