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Technical Assistance and Trainings (June 2014)

Upcoming Trainings.  See the 2014 Training calendar at our website:  www.cliniclegal.org under the Trainings tab.  2014 National Migration Conference – Monday, July 7, 2014 through Thursday, July 10, 2014, Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel.  Join us in 2014 when CLINIC and USCCB/MRS co-sponsor this grand event that joins members of these networks and others to share information and hear from experts regarding services to immigrants and refugees, as well as public advocacy.

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

This June marks the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month. This nationwide effort focuses on gathering and telling the inspirational stories of how immigrants shaped the history and culture of the United States. Historically, the United States has been known as a land of immigrants; between 1820 and 1930, the U.S. absorbed about 60% of the world’s immigrants. It wasn’t until the Page Act of 1875 that the first attempt to limit the number of immigrants entering the country occurred.

Catholic Charities of Indianapolis Expands its Welcome to New Americans

By Jeff Chenoweth Director, Capacity Building Section  

BIA Staff Accredidation (June 2014)

CLINIC congratulates program staff of member agencies on receiving BIA accreditation. Akami Marquis, Catholic Social Services, Fall River, Massachusetts, received BIA partial accreditation on June 9, 2014.

USCIS Hosts U Visa Listening Session

By Matthew Seamon Advocacy Intern   On June 4, 2014, USCIS hosted a “listening session” teleconference regarding U nonimmigrant status visas. U visas provide immigration protection for victims of qualifying crimes who aid law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. USCIS is engaging in rulemaking to modify the U visa application and eligibility rules and sought comments and feedback from immigration advocates and other stakeholders.

World Refugee Day Quiz

June 20 is World Refugee Day -- an occasion to raise awareness about the 10.4 million individuals who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution based on their race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a social group and celebrate their contributions. Some refugees seeking protection make their own way to the United States and apply for asylum. Others are selected overseas for permanent resettlement to the U.S. How much do you know about refugees and asylees in the United States? Test your knowledge by taking our brief quiz!  

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