Maria M. Odom is the Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). She is an experienced immigration attorney, having spent years representing immigrants, including: asylum seekers, detained individuals, religious workers, juveniles, victims of domestic violence, and corporations seeking to bring essential workers to the U.S. Ms. Odom has served at the Executive Office for Immigration Review and as an Assistant District Counsel for the legacy U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. After her government service, Ms.
Doris Meissner, former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), is a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where she directs the Institute’s US immigration policy work. Her responsibilities focus in particular on the role of immigration in America’s future and on administering the nation’s immigration laws, systems, and government agencies. Her work and expertise also include immigration and politics, immigration enforcement, border control, cooperation with other countries, and immigration and national security.
Alejandro Mayorkas is the Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). President Obama nominated Mayorkas for the position on April 24, 2009, and the United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination on August 7, 2009.
Donald Kerwin has served as Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies since September 2011. Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Kerwin served as Vice-President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where he coordinated MPI’s programs and wrote on US immigration, refugee and labor standards issues. Before joining MPI, Mr. Kerwin worked for 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as that agency’s Executive Director for 15 years.
A group application workshop is a one-day, and in some cases two-day, community even that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist childhood arrivals or “DREAMers” in completing applications for Deferred Action. The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing application assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model depends on careful planning, thorough training of staff and volunteers, and high quality services. The purpose of this toolkit is to help charitable immigration programs and their volunteers achieve