Having grown up in New York, Lutu (age 22), was about to start his final year in college when he was stopped for a minor traffic violation. Due to his status as an undocumented immigrant, Lutu was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and paid a $10,000 bond. Nevertheless, Lutu was rearrested and detained after voluntarily returning to the ICE office. Thanks to his Catholic Charities attorney and CLINIC’s advocacy efforts, ICE released Lutu and deferred his deportation t
Jessica and Ana (ages 5 and 11) were released into the custody of their uncle, who they had never met before. The uncle initially refused to let the childrens’ mother see the girls. When Jessica and Ana eventually went to live with their mother, the uncle refused to give the girls’ immigration court documents to their mother. The LOPC Project Coordinator referred Jessica and Ana’s immigration claims to an attorney.
Due to political violence erupting in Kenya, Fr. Jamil’s mother was forced to flee her home and rebuild her life. Fr. Jamil, a Kenyan priest working in the U.S., needed to temporarily return to Kenya to take care of his mother during this time of unrest. His religious worker visa expired, however, and the delay in processing Fr.
A school in rural North Carolina refused to enroll Silvia because her custodian was not the child’s parent or legal guardian. After the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) staff in Harlingen educated Silvia’s custodian and the school about the child’s right to receive an education, she was eventually enrolled in school. LOPC staff also referred Silvia's immigration case to local legal aid agencies and reported the school issue to the Charlotte LOPC site for follow-up with th
Mrs. Gonzalez, an 85 year old grandmother, dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen ever since she received her green card. However, she felt intimidated due to her age, her lack of English, and the cumbersome application process. Catholic Charities staff helped her apply for an English exemption based on her age and long-term residency, helped her prepare for the U.S. history and civics test, and cheered her on at every stage of the process. She became a proud U.S. citizen in August 2011.
After Margarita’s long battle to win asylum from the abusive father of her children and his fellow gang members, she was able to reunite with her two sons. Her eldest son is receiving an education she never thought possible because of his learning disability. She is now on the path to becoming a citizen of the country she is proud to call home.
Held on December, 6, 2011.
"Standing for Truth, Calling for Justice"
May 23-25, 2012
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
From the basics of immigration law to the most advanced issues that arise in filing petitions, CLINIC's 15th Annual Convening will offer workshops for legal services providers and immigration advocates at any level.
CLINIC's three-day conference offers excellent updates on immigration law, insightful trainings, and opportunities for networking.
Come meet fellow advocates and learn new strategies for fundraising, program management, and advocacy.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a memo on November 17th announcing a case-by-case review of the EOIR immigration court docket in each office. This review will include both incoming cases as well as those currently pending in immigration courts. This review will last for two months, until mid-January 2012, at which point the agency will assess the data and case outcomes before taking further action or review. The review is viewed as a further step in implementing the June 17, 2011 Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum that set forth various factors and