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Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!)

The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!), the brain-child of Executive Director, Isabel Rubio, opened its doors in 1999. Ms. Rubio, a long time Birmingham resident, recognized the need for an immigrant-integration focused organization in the state of Alabama, and she has worked hard to ensure that immigrant integration is the cornerstone of their mission and the primary goal of all of their services.

First Annual International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

February 8, 2015 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita and marks the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.  Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that exploits vulnerable persons, often taking victims across international borders and leaving them without the information or ability to flee their plight.  This day is an opportunity to reflect upon the factors in society that lead to trafficking, explore anti-trafficking efforts, and to advocate for the human dignity of this vulnerable group. 

Immigrant Integration Programs in the Our Network

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Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law - Course Schedule

Course Access Begins: March 9th
Units 1 and 2: Introductory Themes: What Does it Mean to Practice Law? Introduction to Legal Skills Unit One Webinar: Monday, March 16th, 2:00 – 3:30 (Eastern) Unit Two Webinar: Thursday, March 19th, 2:00 – 3:30 (Eastern) Units 3 and 4: Inadmissibility and Deportability Concepts; Review of Selected Grounds of Inadmissibility Unit Three Webinar: Monday, March 23rd, 2:00 – 3:30 (Eastern) Unit Four Webinar: Thursday, March 26th, 2:00 – 3:30 (Eastern)

Rita Dhakal Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary at CLINIC

Rita Dhakal joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2009.  She currently works with Attorney Megan Turngren to help to provide legal services to RIS clients.  In addition, Rita volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where she interviews clients for case intake and placement for the Uncontested Divorce Clinic.

The Presentation of the Lord: Ordinary Acts of Extraordinary Love

*The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Advent Reflection Series

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CLINIC and TODEC Double BIA Legal Capacity in Inland Empire

By Martin Gauto One of CLINIC’s core functions is to boost legal capacity in underserved areas in the United States. An area experiencing a severe shortage in low-cost, professional immigration legal service providers is the Inland Empire (or the “IE” as it is known) region of Southern California.  It is home to over one million foreign-born persons. Fortunately, Training Occupational Development Education Communicates (TODEC) is a service provider assisting newcomers with quality, charitable legal help in the IE.

BIA Addresses Statutory Rape as Sexual Abuse of a Minor

By Susan Schreiber Under California Penal Code § 261.5, a person who has sexual intercourse with someone who is at least three years younger and under age 18 commits the offense of unlawful intercourse.  This means, for example, that a 20-year-old who has consensual sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend may be prosecuted under this statute.  In this type of offense, commonly referred to as statutory rape, lack of consent is presumed where there is sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of consent specified in the statute.

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