Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities

 

Does your nonprofit agency want to develop a legal immigration program, but lack attorneys on staff or the money to hire them?

This manual describes best practices used by many of the country's most experienced nonprofit immigration programs and managers.

This toolkit is intended to facilitate the process of designing and/or improving the case management system in your immigration program.  In a legal immigration context, case management system consists of: policies and procedures; forms; a database; and files used by legal representatives in a standardized manner for the purposes of delivering professional services and avoiding errors that can result in malpractice and liability.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased to announce the establishment of an innovative program to create capacity for high quality charitable legal immigration services in the southeastern United States. The initiative will build a stronger community of expert service providers in largely underserved states where the population of at-risk immigrants is on the rise.

As Citizenship Week comes to a close, it is worthwhile to remember that naturalization is but one step on the pathway to the larger goal of immigrant integration.  Immigrant integration is the creation of something new in the places where we live – a more inclusive community that reflects the needs and wants of all its residents. Immigrant integration takes deliberate and on-going work by both the receiving community and the newcomers, and it requires a community to grow and change as it stretches to allow everyone a chance to access services, make an impact, and participate actively.

On Constitution and Citizenship Day, we honor, not only the newcomers who have and will naturalize, but also the champions who guide them through complex immigration processes and embark on innovative ways to overcome obstacles to immigrant integration.

police officer and immigrant get photos taken for ID card

FaithAction International House, a CLINIC affiliate led by Reverend David Fraccaro, is making great strides in promoting and encouraging immigrant integration within the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

News stories and images of desperate African and Middle Eastern people fleeing their home countries  aboard overcrowded ships that sink in the Mediterranean Sea are heartbreaking and speak to why CLINIC has a mission to serve vulnerable migrants.  These stories also give CLINIC pause to reflect on how black immigrants arrive to the U.S. and are fairing.  New findings from the Pew Research Center about black immigrants are striking and evoke a lesser known story about CLINIC’s history of helping black immigrants achieve their dreams in the U.S.

Hands together as a team

On April 15, 2015, the recently formed White House Task Force on New Americans submitted its strategic action plan outlining a federal integration strategy to President Obama.

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.

Woman working at computer with calculator

During the tax season, there are many ways for immigration legal service programs to help clients complete this important task, as well as avoid falling victim to scams. Visit CLINIC’s new Center for Immigrant Integration for resources on tax assistance preparation and other ways to encourage immigrant integration in your community.

Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens.  Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American.  Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.

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

Adonia R. Simpson, Esq. is readying Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Maryland to serve a rapid increase in the number of immigrants.  This is a result of President Obama’s executive actions announced on November 20 offering administrative relief to an estimated four million immigrants.

If you were in need of legal assistance, where would you go for help? How would you know if they could assist you?

There are currently about 539 women and children detained at the temporary family detention center run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Artesia, New Mexico.  This facility is one of three family detention centers currently operating in the United States.  The women and children detained at the facility are asylum seekers and a vast majority of them are survivors of violence and sexual assault.  Having recently returned from Artesia myself, supporting staff and volunteers assisting detainees, my thoughts go out to detained victims of abuse this October, Domestic

Syracuse, New York has a long history as an immigrant gateway city, and was home to many immigrants from Italy, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine, and Russia who arrived in the U.S.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Maura Moser, Director of Communications

(301) 565-4830 or Email: mmoser@cliniclegal.org

Silver Spring, MD (September 19, 2014) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) congratulates 14 affiliates that received funding through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fiscal Year 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program.  Twenty-five percent of the 40 primary grantees are CLINIC affiliates.   

Each year on September 17, we come together as a nation of immigrants to celebrate Citizenship Day. This is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of being a U.S. citizen and recognize the many lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in our communities who are on their journey to becoming U.S. citizens.

The Inland Empire region of Southern California, east of Los Angeles, is home to over one million foreign-born persons. Comprised of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Inland Empire (or the “The IE” as it’s known) has a severe shortage of low-cost, professional immigration legal service providers. 

Since its inception two hundred years ago, the story of the Archdiocese of New York is an immigrant story – a tradition which continues today. For more than 30 years, the Archdiocese of New York has provided services to the foreign-born, including refugee resettlement and immigration legal services, through Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS). As the immigrant and refugee population in the area has grown and changed, so has CCCS.

Are you interested in providing more comprehensive citizenship and immigrant integration services? Join us for this free webinar on citizenship education programs. We discuss how and why legal service providers are well-positioned to offer citizenship classes; present key components of a successful citizenship education program; provide resources and next steps for implementing a program; and hear from a local affiliate with recent experience in starting a citizenship education program.

As the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration legal programs, CLINIC’s network currently consists of 250 affiliates with 340 office locations in 46 states and continues to grow.  Even as CLINIC’s network expands, however, there are still not enough immigration programs to meet the need for low-cost immigration legal services.

A strong case management system is key to a healthy immigration legal program. A strong case management system helps ensure consistency, uniformity, and a high quality of work. It balances the interests of the client in getting the best and speediest representation with those of the agency in providing services efficiently. Join us for Part II of this series. It will focus on case file organization standards, case notes standards, a filing system, case closing procedures, and a tickler system to ensure important deadlines are not missed.

Presented by the

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and ASISTA Immigration Assistance

 

June 3-4, 2014

Holiday Inn Center City Charlotte

230 North College Street

Charlotte, NC 28104

(704) 335-5400

A naturalization group application workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist Lawful Permanent Residents in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing naturalization assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model depends on careful planning, thorough training of staff and volunteers, and high quality services. The purpose of this toolkit is to help charitable immigration programs achieve a successful workshop.

Brooklyn is one of the nation’s most vibrant metropolitan areas with a dense and multi-ethnic population.  Its immigrant history is storied as in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, an American literary classic. With a large foreign-born population there is a growing need for affordable immigration legal services specifically for people with low-incomes. For that reason, CLINIC, other nonprofit organizations, and immigrant advocates joined to start such a program in Brooklyn.

Join CLINIC for a conversation about the top most common program management issues and how program managers resolve them. Topics will range from the equipment and tools needed for an immigration legal service program to tracking cases data and deadlines to setting a budget for staff professional development. Capacity Building director Jeff Chenoweth and Field Support Coordinator Leya Speasmaker will be presenting.

CLINIC's National Capacity Building Project, funded by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship, has provided technical assistance and funding to four local affiliate agencies to establish new programs in English as a Second Language (ESL)/citizenship education and/or naturalization application assistance.

There are several ways to establish a partnership and many tools to use that can help organize and manage the operations. This toolkit includes sample materials for managing a partnership, guidelines for working within a partnership, and tips on what to look for in a potential partner.

In Person Training - Atlanta, Georgia. Through large group presentations, skits, and small group exercises, participants learn about rights and remedies under immigration law, the functions of the different government agencies that carry out immigration law,and the fundamentals of interviewing clients, preparing applications, and staying up-to-date on the law.

This two-day training provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate.

This two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning activities for comprehensive immigration reform along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, extended for more advanced learning opportunities.

This two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning activities for comprehensive immigration reform along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, extended for more advanced learning opportunities.

This two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning activities for comprehensive immigration reform along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, extended for more advanced learning opportunities.

This two-day training provides an overview of how to start and sustain a nonprofit immigration legal services program. It features a manual and curriculum that offers detailed information and suggestions for applying for Board of Immigration Appeals agency recognition and staff accreditation, implementing effective case management systems, fundraising and other topics related to managing an immigration program.

his two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning activities for comprehensive immigration reform along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, extended for more advanced learning opportunities.

This guide is designed to give service providers the tools and information needed to address the barriers to resettlement and integration faced by asylees and to better assist their clients.  It contains crucial and timely information about the benefits and services for which asylees are eligible, including job placement assistance, English language classes, health screening, temporary cash and medical assistance, social security cards, employment authorization cards, adjustment of status, I-94s, travel authorization, petitioning for immediate relatives, and federal student financial aid.

CLINIC offers this brief webinar to help affiliates (members and subscribers) prepare a response to an increase in naturalization inquiries caused by the campaign aired in your community. Held on November 4, 2013.

Low English language proficiency impacts employee productivity, safety, and retention. Federal and state governments provide only a fraction of the funding needed for English language classes, and businesses have both the space and the financial means to offer this benefit to their Limited English Proficient workers. CLINIC offers the following resource to programs interested in pursuing partnerships with local employers willing to offer English language classes to their employees.  The Creating a Workplace ELL Program toolkit includes program planning documents, examples of currently operating workplace ELL programs, sample marketing materials, and other resources to assist in implementing a workplace ELL program. 

In recent years, more than 24,000 people from over 100 nations have been granted asylum in the United States. Asylees have often suffered from persecution in their country of origin, forced migration, detention in the United States, and the uncertainty of the asylum adjudication process. Most confront systemic and bureaucratic barriers to resettlement and integration, and need well-coordinated and prompt social services to ease their transition.

This one-day, hands-on training gives immigrant advocates, community-based organizers and legal service providers the knowledge of planning and implementing a large "mega" group application workshop serving 250 or more people for naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and future comprehensive immigration reform.

Many tasks in an immigration legal services program can be completed by volunteers. Using volunteers when possible frees up staff time that can be devoted to offering more services to clients. This toolkit contains helpful information on how best to use volunteers in your program, how to recruit and retain volunteers, and how to incorporate them into your program’s plan for the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Sample forms are included as well as sample volunteer job descriptions.

World Relief and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) co-hosted an exciting conference entitled “Building Legal Immigration Services Capacity Through National Networks and their Affiliates” at the World Relief home office in Baltimore on April 3 and 4, 2013.

Held on May 6, 2013.

This webinar training focuses on how to obtain a fee waiver for a naturalization applicant who is unable to pay the USCIS application fee. We discuss the fee waiver eligibility criteria, the application process with the Form I-912, and the documentation requirements. We also discuss problems or pitfalls that may arise and how to avoid these, as well as special considerations for completing fee waiver applications at naturalization group processing workshops.

Early planning and preparation for CIR implementation includes budgeting and resource development.  This webinar introduces resources to help CLINIC affiliates in these processes.  Included in the webinar is a newly-released CIR Preparation Checklist for program directors to guide their planning, webinar slides on budgeting decisions and several resource development tools including a proposal template, budget narrative and work plan to seek external funding.

Join us for CLINIC’s kick-off webinar for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) preparation in 2013, the first in a series. This free webinar training covers the application process and requirements for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation. We also discuss the latest BIA developments, including the new FAQ sheet released by the BIA, training requirements for staff, and issues the BIA is analyzing before submitting proposed changes to recognition and accreditation regulations.

BIA Recognition and Accreditation for Start-up and Expanding Programs

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Free

The New Unlawful Presence Waiver Adjudication Process: Uniting Families Safely and Boosting Naturalization

Monday, February 25, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Free and open to the public.

DACA Evaluation: Beyond the Numbers

January, 23, 2013

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Cost: Free

This two-day training provides a complete overview of how to start and sustain a nonprofit immigration legal services program. It features a manual and curriculum that offers detailed information and suggestions for applying for Board of Immigration Appeals agency recognition and staff accreditation, implementing effective case management systems, fundraising and scores of other pertinent topics related to managing an immigration program.

Immigration Program Management Training

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Hosted by

Catholic Charities of Central Texas

February 28 – March 1, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day Two

Location:
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
1625 Rutherford Lane
Austin, TX 78754

This two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning activities for comprehensive immigration reform along with elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training, extended for more advanced learning opportunities.

November 13, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA - An unprecedented national network of more than 80 legal-service providers, businesses, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations has launched The New Americans Campaign, a nonpartisan project to modernize the system of naturalization assistance and to help more immigrants who are legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. The campaign launches this week after a pilot phase; it focuses on cities across the country with large populations of citizenship-eligible residents.

October 22, 2012
DACA Emerging Best Practices - A Conversation between CLINIC and Affiliates 
 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Affiliates Only
Free

Welcoming Three Million Newcomers: Maximizing Your Agency’s Effectiveness for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Pre-adjudication of Unlawful Presence Waivers; Increasing Naturalization; Management Training

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Co-Sponsors
Catholic Charities of Central Florida

October 16th (Tuesday), 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Hands-On Mega Group Application Workshop Training
combined with a Naturalization Workshop Event
in Los Angeles, CA

Sponsored by:
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC),
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, and
NALEO Educational Fund

Friday, November 16, 2012 (9am to 6pm) - training

The purpose of the webinar is to educate charitable immigration legal staff on the unique differences of planning and implementing a large, "mega" group application workshop for naturalization and deferred action. Held on September 12, 2012.

The purpose of the webinar is to educate charitable immigration legal staff on the unique differences of planning and implementing a large, "mega" group application workshop for naturalization and deferred action.

Click here for the webinar slides.

Held on September 12, 2012.

Welcoming Three Million Newcomers: Maximizing Your Agency’s Effectiveness for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Pre-adjudication of Unlawful Presence Waivers; Increasing Naturalization; Management Training

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Co-Sponsors
Catholic Charities of Dallas

October 11th (Thursday), 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Catholic Charities
9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 100

Immigration Program Management Training with Optional LawLogix Professional Level Certification Workshop

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Hosted by
LawLogix

November 13-14, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Day Two

Optional Third Day of Training*
November 15, 2012
Professional Level Certification Workshop

  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Day Three

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas shared additional details on the June 15th Deferred Action policy memorandum on a Stakeholder Teleconference.  All the new details can be found on the USCIS website at: www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.  Under this new administration policy, DHS will be able to grant deferred action to certain qualifying young people, often known as DREAMers, who have fulfilled age, residency, and educational or military requirements.

"Mega" Group Application Workshop Training -
A Series of Three Training Events:


1) Mega Workshop Webinar - Wednesday, September 12 -2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT (Register below)

2) Mega Workshop Training in Los Angeles - Friday, November 16

3) Mega Naturalization Workshop Event in Los Angeles - Saturday, November 17

Welcoming Three Million Newcomers: Maximizing Your Agency's Effectiveness for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Pre-adjudication of Unlawful Presence Waivers; Increasing Naturalization; Management Training

Welcoming Three Million Newcomers: Maximizing Your Agency’s Effectiveness for Deferred Action for DREAMers; Stateside Processing of Unlawful Presence Waivers; Increasing Naturalization; Management Training

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Co-Sponsors
Catholic Charities of the East Bay
Catholic Youth Organization/Catholic Charities of San Francisco
United Farm Workers Foundation

  Welcoming Three Million Newcomers: Maximizing Your Agency’s Effectiveness for  Deferred Action for DREAMers; StatesideProcessing of Unlawful Presence Waivers; Increasing Naturalization; Management Training

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 Hosted by
Catholic Charities of Portland, Oregon

August 10th (Friday), 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  Hot Topics in Immigration Program Management Training

Sponsored by
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

September 13-14 2012
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST – Day One
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST – Day Two

Location:
Catholic Charities USA
2050 Ballenger Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-1390

June 22, 2012
CLINIC Quarterly Webinar  

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Citizenship for Elders is a unique handbook for teachers and administrators on creating and managing a citizenship program for the older learner. This handbook brings together the observations and insights of teachers from across the country on older learners from a wide range of cultures.

Building Legal Immigration Services Capacity through

 National Networks and their Affiliates

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 June 19 & 20, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Day One
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Day Two

This training is free and by invitation only.  You must request to register someone who did not receive this invitation directly 

April 24, 2012

Join us for Part 4 in a four part series for a presentation of tech innovations within the CLINIC network. We'll learn about CitizenshipWorks, a program designed to assist local programs in helping clients naturalize. We'll also learn from several network affiliates about innovative ways they've used technology in their offices and how it has impacted the way they reach the public. Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's Washington DC office moderates the discussion.

June 7, 2012
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Join us for Part 3 in a four part series for a conversation about case management software and other database capabilities. Topics will include why to use case management software, how to choose a software package, and how best to use software in your daily work. Jack Holmgren, a Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's San Francisco office, will moderate the discussion.

Join us for Part 2 in a four part series as we talk about how best to use social media and outreach tech tools to increase the visibility of your program on the internet.  We'll compare the current options such as blogging, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and examine the pluses and minuses of using each one.  We'll also talk about sources for tech support, particularly for non-profits.

Held on February 28, 2012.

Join us for Part 1 in a four part series as we explore quick and easy tech upgrades your program can make to improve communication and service to the community . We'll talk about technological changes coming down the pike from USCIS and why it is important to get a jump start on planning for those today. We will also hear from several members of CLINIC staff give tips on how best to access technology used by our organization to better serve our network. Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's Washington D.C.

Citizenship for Elders is a unique handbook for teachers and administrators on creating and managing a citizenship program for the older learner.  This handbook brings together the observations and insights of teachers from across the country on older learners from a wide range of cultures.  It is based on a nationwide survey of 200 programs.  It identifies the issues in teaching elders and makes recommendations for instruction and program design.  The recommendations are practice-based, with a focus on innovative and promising practices.  The suggestions on learning activities, c

Looking for ideas to promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community? CLINIC offers this 6 part series that spotlights immigrant integration initiatives across our network. Learn the definition of immigrant integration, its importance for our network and nation, and how it can be promoted locally. Featured programs encourage relationships between the receiving community and immigrants, give elderly refugees a place to use skills gained in their home countries, and connect asylees with available resources.

March 13, 2012
What's In It For Me? The Insider's Guide to the CLINIC & LawLogix Partnership

 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Cost:  Free


Get the inside scoop on what the CLINIC and LawLogix exclusive partnership means for current and new LawLogix users in CLINIC's network of affiliates.  Learn more about:

CLINIC is pleased to announce our updated handbook, Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants: A Guide to Helping Refugees and Immigrants Who Are Elderly, Disabled, Low-Income, Low-Literate, and Limited English Proficient.  The handbook, initially released in 2008, has been updated to reflect the latest naturalization policies and procedures.  It discusses English exemptions, due consideration, reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, oath waivers, fee waivers, and expedited processing.  It also contains approximately 30 links to various references and resources such as USCIS policy guidance and sample letters.

The handbook is available here as a free resource on the CLINIC website.

This toolkit contains a variety of resources collected and produced through CLINIC’s citizenship projects.  It is designed to assist agencies providing citizenship services and civic participation opportunities for the most vulnerable applicants.

April 24, 2012
Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 4: Network Technology Innovations

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Cost:  Free

March 27, 2012
Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 3: Case Management Software

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Cost:  Free

January 31, 2012
Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 1: Introduction to Office Technology Tools 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Cost:  Free

Board of Immigration Appeals Agency Site Recognition and Accreditation: Concerns and Trends

December 22, 2011 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time  
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

Cost: $50; Free for CLINIC affiliates paying annual dues

This webinar discusses workshop models and approaches; planning for a workshop; and stages of the workshop event. Held on November 17, 2011.

Held on November 11, 2011.

How do you ensure your case management systems are working effectively? How do you ensure the quality of your immigration work before it is filed? How can you ensure your program is providing quality immigration services?  In this 90 minute webinar, we will discuss the importance of case management and legal supervision in your immigration program. 

Held on September 12, 2011.  This webinar discusses several key strategies for helping vulnerable applicants overcome barriers in the naturalization process.  Topics include disability waivers, reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, due consideration on the citizenship test, and fee waivers for low-income applicants.  The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project Coordinator, CLINIC; Alla Shagalova, Associate Director, Immigration Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; and Amy Tenney, Immigration Legal Services Staff Attorney, World Relief. 

Naturalization Group Application Workshops

November 17, 2011

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Cost: Free 

 

Immigration Program Management Training

 January 25 and 26, 2012

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Day One
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Day Two 

Location

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice
540 Broadway Street, Room 134
New Orleans, LA 70118

 

December 6, 2011
How to Design and Implement a Citizenship Program

 

Who are these children, and how did they get here?

CLINIC has accepted and welcomes a new member agency, Catholic Worker of Akron, located at St. Bernard-St. Mary Parish, Akron, Ohio. Ada L. Gelpi is the director of the Catholic Worker of Akron Immigration Program that is also staffed by Luz A. Cardenas.  The program is located at 1096 S. Main Street, Akron, OH.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Wendy Rhein
202-635-5825  wrhein@cliniclegal.org

CLINIC Awarded $600,000 Grant to Provide Citizenship Services

Washington, DC - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) was selected for a coveted national award from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to strengthen citizenship programs serving Legal Permanent Residents in four cities in the United States.

Citizenship test preparation and quality legal services go hand in hand in assisting an immigrant along the path to citizenship. A prospective bill for comprehensive immigration reform will most likely bring changes in legal and language requirements for citizenship. It is the job of all legal service providers and teaching professionals working with the foreign born to anticipate these requirements and prepare clients in advance. The Creating a Citizenship Program Preparation Toolkit will be helpful to anyone seeking ways to better serve the foreign born as they prepare to naturalize.

The Need for Charitable Legal Immigration Services

Current capacity does not meet current demands for low-cost legal representation in immigration matters. For instance, immigrants eligible and soon-to-be eligible to naturalize as U.S. citizens have less income, education, and English language ability than immigrants who naturalized in previous decades.

CLINIC Capacity Building staff address the top ten most frequent challenges facing immigration legal service programs across the nation. Topics include how to develop a fee schedule, how to minimize risk, and how to create an efficient and effective case management system. Resources will be provided for each issue, and staff will provide tips for tackling these common challenges.  

Leya Speasmaker and Helen Chen are the presenters for this webinar.

Held March 3, 2011.

A good case management database contains both immigration forms and client-specific information.  The database may be software for stand-alone or networked computers or it may be web-based with the server off-site.  Either way, the choice and utilization of a database is an important investment for your immigration program.  In addition to completing forms, the database helps staff manage the caseload and facilitates the writing of data-rich reports and funding proposals.

The design and implementation of immigration case management systems will vary among immigration programs since every program is different.  However, a program whose case management system works for staff members and meets the needs of clients are the most effective.

Held Nov. 16, 2010

Due to an increasing need for quality English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Test Preparation classes, many community-based organizations are interested in starting their own language learning programs. Combining CLINIC’s key components for program management and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages’ (TESOL) Standards for Adult Education ESL Programs, this Webinar will provide a foundation for interested organizations to plan and implement a language learning program. Instructor: Leya Speasmaker.

Nominal fees for immigration legal services are a core source of funding to start and sustain charitable programs.  By charging nominal fees you can retain a great deal of control over the financial viability of your program.  Conversely, to not charge fees is to put your program at risk of closing or drastic downsizing.

Language Access: Effectively Serving Limited- and Non-English Speakers

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on language access.

How do you set up intake? Which cases should you accept for representation? What is a client services agreement? How do you track deadlines and cases? What goes into a case file? What are your responsibilities when you close a case?

CLINIC trainer Jack Holmgren along with Robert Yates, director of Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County present on fees and revenues.

Held June 2010.

The manual, Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to Citizenship and Beyond offers recommendations from “veterans” of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).

Nonprofit immigration legal programs have a range of staffing options. Programs may employ licensed attorneys, law graduates, fully accredited representatives, partially accredited representatives, non-accredited immigration counselors, support staff, interns and volunteers. In this third of a seven part webinar series on immigration program management, the presenter will explore how to optimize your program's performance with careful staffing.

While staff is the heart of an immigration program, several other resources are required to keep a program functioning. These include: physical space, computers, software, law library materials, and malpractice insurance.  In this second of a seven-part webinar series on immigration program management, the presenter will discuss the different resources needed to support an immigration legal services program.

While staff is the heart of an immigration program, several other resources are required to keep a program functioning. These include: physical space, computers, software, law library materials, and malpractice insurance.  In this second of a seven-part webinar series on immigration program management, the presenter will discuss the different resources needed to support an immigration legal services program.

This webinar was presented by CLINIC's Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities.

Presenters: Jeff Chenoweth, director of CLINIC's Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities and Rose Alma Senatore, executive director, Catholic Charities of Hartford, CT.

This webinar discusses ways to recruit more leaders and financial donors in order to grow and sustain charitable legal immigration services for the challenges of today and a new environment for tomorrow.

Held Jan. 13, 2010.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dramatically stepped up enforcement in the interior of the country. DHS agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division are arresting immigrants at their homes, workplaces and on the streets in communities all across the country.

The translations listed here were completed by USCIS and community organizations throughout the country. For translations completed by community organizations, the organization's contact information is included on the translation.

IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ RIGHTS

All workers, including documented and undocumented immigrant workers, are protected by many U.S. employment and labor laws. Rights that may apply to workers depending upon the circumstances include:

Right to be paid. In most instances, workers have the right to be paid minimum wage ($5.15 an hour) and to receive overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. If workers do not receive all of the wages for the time they actually worked, they can take action to recover those wages.

Refugees and immigrants strongly desire U.S. citizenship. Yet, many of them, especially those who are elderly, disabled, low-income, low-literate, and limited English proficient, face serious challenges in the naturalization process. These challenges can impede their integration and their civic participation in U.S. society.