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By Tatyana Delgado

With over 6,000 unaccompanied children released from juvenile detention facilities to sponsors in Texas from January through August 2014, many legal service providers have shifted into high gear.  Over 3,000 unaccompanied children have been released to parents, relatives, or other caretakers living in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston. 

By Sarah Bronstein

On September 10, 2014 Chief Immigration Judge Brian M. O’Leary issued a memorandum to all Immigration Judges entitled “Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children’s Cases in Light of the New Priorities” (hereafter EOIR Docketing Memo).  This memorandum was issued in response to concerns raised by CLINIC and other agencies working on unaccompanied children’s issues at a meeting with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) on August 18, 2014. 

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News. This month we feature Catholic Charities of Syracuse, New York.


An Immigrant Gateway Continues to Welcome and Inspire: Catholic Charities of Syracuse, New York

BIA Accreditation

CLINIC congratulates Truc Tang, Immigration Specialist at the Office of Immigration and Refugee Services - Catholic Social Services of Camden, New Jersey, who received renewed partial BIA accreditation until 9/26/2017 for both the Camden and Atlantic City offices.


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By Ilissa Mira

On September 30, 2014, President Obama announced a plan to allow certain children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to apply for refugee status within their own countries.  In fiscal year (FY) 2014, over 68,500 unaccompanied children fled violence in Central America, undertaking a long and dangerous journey to the United States.  As a response, in-country processing is aimed at stemming the surge of unaccompanied children by offering a safer alternative to traveling north alone.     

Do you serve a large region with one office and wish to expand using sub offices or other spaces? Are you planning to expand your service delivery models to other locations once President Obama announces administrative relief before the end of the year? Perhaps you’ve considered expanding to an additional location but aren’t quite sure where to start.