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Top 5 Transition Issues in Program Management

What do I do when the only BIA representative on staff decides to leave our program without anyone else authorized to practice and continue representing the existing caseload? What’s involved in hiring our nonprofit’s first attorney on staff? What needs to be done if the new Program Director doesn’t know immigration law? What can be done proactively or reactively if we lose our one big grant?

Responding to the Needs of Children in Immigration Detention

Stories of child migrants leaving their violence-ridden countries in Central America continue to unfold a year after 2014’s record high levels of refugee migration. Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain plagued by crime, mostly associated with drug and gang activity.  Case in point, Honduras has the highest murder rate per capita in the world.  All the while, Mexico’s deportation rate of Central American children has risen, contributing to the decline in the numbers of those who reach the U.S.

CLINIC Attorney Michelle Mendez to be Honored with Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

Washington, DC – CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez has been named this year’s recipient of the prestigious Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association/AILA.   The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 20 at the annual AILA convention at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.  

Littleton Immigrant Resources Center

Littleton Immigrant Resources Center (LIRC), a Littleton, Colorado-based CLINIC affiliate, is making extensive advancements in the area of immigrant integration. Led by Petula McShiras, this city government funded program emphasizes the importance of community connections in its work to encourage integration. The LIRC offers a cultural exchange between volunteer mentors and immigrants to foster inclusiveness and to encourage an integrated community.

CLINIC Webinar, Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities (March 2015)

Do you know how to help your clients with disabilities to naturalize? Watch this free recorded webinar on the special provisions in the law for people with disabilities such as reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, and oath waivers. Topics covered include eligibility, the application process, and practice tips. We also provide case examples and answer some frequently asked questions. 

Bishops Describe Inhumane Practice of Family Detention

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors reported on the Catholic Church’s migration-related work in the United States at the U.S. Bishops’ Spring Annual Assembly.  Bishop Soto described the efforts of CLINIC staff to provide legal services at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

Bishops: Holding Families at Detention Centers a Violation of International Law

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors addressed the June 2015 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis.

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