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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.

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Leya Speasmaker

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.

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Tessa W. McKenzie

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.

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Leya Speasmaker

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.

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Nathaly Perez

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.

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Martin Gauto

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. 

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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.

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.

Held 4/29/14

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.

By Laura Burdick

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.

Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC),

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc.

and

Latin American Association

 

March 13-14, 2014

8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. – Day One

8:45 a.m. – 4:45p.m. – Day Two

 

 Location:

Blackburn Conference Center

John Marshall Law School

1405 Spring St.

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 872-3593

 

Application for Georgia CLE Credit Pending*

 

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate programs; $705 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

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Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

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. 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.  Topics covered include the family-based petition process, adjustment of status, consular processing, inadmissibility and deportability concepts and select grounds, naturalization and BIA accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Tatyana Delgado, Ilissa Mira and Susan Schreiber.

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Jonathan Cochrane-Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only.  

Note that this is an interactive training with several small group exercises included in the curriculum. Prior to the training, participants will receive an email with some short reading and worksheet assignments to be completed before the training starts. Participants will also have a homework assignment to complete for day two of the training.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The deadline for registration is March 12th or sooner if registration is filled.  For registration information contact Jonathan Cochrane-Braswell at jcbraswell@cliniclegal.org. For the agenda and additional information, click here.

 

Training Site: The John Marshall Law School is located in downtown Atlanta.  For driving directions, check the Law School website at http://www.johnmarshall.edu/about/atlanta-living/.  If you are using public transportation, take the MARTA to the Arts Center Station.    

Hotel Reservations:

There are a number of hotels within a mile of the training site, including the following:  

  • Artmore Hotel, 1302 W. Peachtree St. NW (404-876-6100) (.3 miles)
  • Residence Inn - Atlanta Midtown,  1365 W. Peachtree St. NW (404-522-0950) (.4 miles)
  • Marriot Atlanta Midtown Suites, 35 14th St. NE (404 -876-8888) (.6 miles)
  • Hyatt Atlanta Midtown, 125 10th Street NE (404-443-1234) (1 mile)

 

You can contact these or other hotels directly or look for reduced rates on travel websites. 

 

*Georgia attorneys seeking CLE credit will be charged $5.00 per credit hour payable to CLINIC, which CLINIC will then pay to the State Bar

 

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Immigration Law Training Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners

Co-Sponsored by

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services Program

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 

October 22-23, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  – Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Day Two

 

Location:

Catholic Charities of Dallas

1st Floor Conference Room

9461 LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635)
Dallas, Texas 75243
214-634-7182 x228

 

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch is on your own.

 

Register Here

 

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. Through large group presentations 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.  Topics covered include the family-based petition process, adjustment of status, consular processing, inadmissibility and deportability concepts and selected grounds, naturalization and BIA recognition and accreditation.  The trainers for this program are CLINIC attorneys Charles Wheeler and Debbie Smith.

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal  staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00

 

Space is limited to 60 participants. The deadline for registration is October 15, 2014 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Dinah Suncin at: dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

 

Training Location and Parking: Catholic Charities is located on the northeast corner of intersection of the LBJ Freeway (Hwy 635) and Abrams Road.  The office is in the Northcreek Place office park, across the parking lot from the Chase Bank building.  Free parking is available anywhere in the office complex parking lot. 

 

Lodging Information:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $95 plus tax at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas Park Central, 9089 Vantage Point Drive, Dallas, TX  75243.  This rate is valid to September 30, 2014.

 For reservations, call the hotel at 972-889-9972, and ask for the “CLINIC” rate of $95.

 

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Selected Issues in Immigration Program Management

 Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 

September 17 and 18, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day Two

 

Location:

CLINIC

8757 Georgia Avenue, Ste. 850

Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes

or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

 

Continental breakfast provided.

Register Here

 

This content rich, two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include planning for "on the horizon" issues such as possible administrative relief reforms by The White House, comprehensive immigration reform, DACA along with elements of CLINIC's highly praised Immigration Program Management training, expanded for more advanced learning opportunities.  The training will draw from these advanced areas:

► Leadership cultivation skills to build greater internal and external support for program planning and expansion.

►Case management policies, procedures, and forms. Participants will be asked to bring their case management forms to the training for a thorough review of forms in use and assess them against best practices. Attention will be given to developing policies and procedures that can create more professionalism and efficiencies.

►Technology uses for greater marketing, client contact, case management and evaluation including: social media; web-based client interaction tools; and integrated management and legal representation data bases.

►Staffing opportunities, supervision responsibilities and sub-office management. 

►Measuring program outcomes for fundraising and marketing effectiveness.  Participants will learn what data can be collected, analyzed and marketed to compel stakeholders to provide ongoing support for immigration legal services.

►Group application workshop models with consideration of current uses in addition to prospective use for unexpected changes in immigration law or policy.

►Open forum for participants to raise issues, ask questions and share good practices that are replicable.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

 

The training will be presented by Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC's Executive Director, Jeff Chenoweth, Director of CLINIC's Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities, Michelle Sardone, CLINIC's Legalization Program Manager & BIA Full Accredited Representative, Laura Burdick, Leya Speasmaker, and Nathaly Perez, CLINIC Field Support Coordinators, and Rommel Calderwood, Project Coordinator.

 

 

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities, other Catholic nonprofits, and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

This training is expected to fill up quickly.  Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is September 10, 2014 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Leya Speasmaker at 301-565-4816 or lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

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Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Other Selected Issues in Program Management

 

Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities of Portland

 

April 3 and 4, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day Two

 

Location:

Catholic Charities of Portland

2740 SE Powell Blvd. #2

Portland, OR 97202

 

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes

or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

 

Continental breakfast provided.

Register Here

 

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.  The training will draw from these advanced areas:

►Planning in advance for implementing comprehensive immigration reform. Participants will be asked to analyze how they plan to respond to a sharp increase in demand of clients applying for immigration benefits after the passage of new legislation. Discussion will also include how to prepare leadership, funders, and the community for changes in service provision and the need for additional support and resources.

►Case management policies, procedures, and forms. Participants will be asked to bring their case management forms to the training for a thorough review of forms in use and assess them against best practices. Attention will be given to developing policies and procedures that can accommodate a higher client demand sure to come after comprehensive immigration law is passed.

►Program management challenges and ethical dilemmas with proposed solutions. Participants will learn from actual and hypothetical cases and share their own experiences. 

►Measuring program outcomes for fundraising and marketing effectiveness.  Participants will learn a logic model and apply it to designing a project and spotlighting outcomes which are attractive to many funders. Participants will also learn how to use the likelihood of new legislation in funding proposals, community events, and other marketing arenas to garner additional support for the immigration program.

►Group application workshop models with consideration of current uses in addition to prospective use for unexpected changes in immigration law or policy. Each participant will practice the workshop model and create a workshop plan for her or his program.

►Open forum for participants to raise issues, ask questions and share good practices that are replicable.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

The training will be presented by Jack Holmgren, California Legalization Director, and Martin Gauto, Field Support Coordinator.

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities, other Catholic nonprofits, and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

This training is expected to fill up quickly.  Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is March 27, 2014 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Leya Speasmaker at 301-565-4816 or lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

 

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Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Other Selected Issues in Program Management

Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and CUNY Citizenship NOW!

 

May 20 and 21, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day Two

 

Location:

City University of New York

Graduate Center

365 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10016 (at 34th Street)

Room C197

 

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes

or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

 

Continental breakfast provided.

Register Here

 

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.  The training will draw from these advanced areas:

►Planning in advance for implementing Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). Participants will focus on:

  • Needs assessment and special, under-served populations;
  • Leadership and stakeholder cultivation for decision making and support;
  • Staffing and volunteer roles;
  • Infrastructure and technology needs;
  • Partnerships for maximum service coverage and complimentary systems; and
  • Creating CIR implementation into a short and long-term immigrant integration initiative locally and nationally. 

Special attention will be given to multiple service delivery models that can be managed concurrently to serve large numbers of people appropriately.  A hands-on “Preparing for CIR Passage Day” exercise will be offered, time permitting, CLINIC will present highlights from 25 comprehensive immigration reform plans created by selected nonprofits in its network of over 250 affiliates.

►Sharing best practices on DACA renewal models and looping DACA renewals into building a potential client base for CIR.

►Case management policies, procedures, and forms. Participants will be asked to bring their case management forms to the training for a thorough review of forms in use and assess them against best practices. Attention will be given to developing policies and procedures that can accommodate a higher client demand sure to come after comprehensive immigration law is passed. Expert practitioners will share how they generate and analyze more data using their electronic case management system.

►Measuring program outcomes for fundraising and marketing effectiveness.  Participants will learn new and improved ways of spotlighting and story-telling program and client-service outcomes which are attractive to many funders. 

Open forum for participants to raise issues, ask questions and share good practices that are replicable.

Training topics are subject to change given extenuating circumstances. The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

The training will be presented by Jeff Chenoweth, Director of CLINIC’s Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities, Silvana Arista, CLINIC Project Attorney and Laura Burdick and Nathaly Perez, CLINIC Field Support Coordinators, in addition to local speakers. 

 

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities, other Catholic nonprofits, and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

This training is expected to fill up quickly.  Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is May 13, 2014 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Jeff Chenoweth at 301-565-4814 or jchenoweth@cliniclegal.org.

 

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Immigration Program Management Training

Sponsored by

The California Community Foundation

 

February 10 and 11, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day Two

 

Location:

The California Community Foundation

Joan Palevsky Convening Center

281 S. Figueroa St., ground floor

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

 

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

 

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

 

Register Here

 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes

or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

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. Participants will learn how to determine which applications to accept and how to adjust fees to obtain the best support for their program. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.  Participants will leave with a plan to create or improve immigration legal services.  The training will be presented by Jack Holmgren, Attorney and California Legalization Director and Martin Gauto, Attorney and Field Support Coordinator with CLINIC’s Capacity Building Section.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

 

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities, other Catholic nonprofits, and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

 

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This training is expected to fill up quickly.  Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is January 29, 2014 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Martin Gauto at 213-251-3572 or mgauto@cliniclegal.org.

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Immigration Program Management Training

Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and the Diocese of Orlando


January 30 and 31, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day Two

 

Location:

Orlando Chancery Office

50 E. Robinson St.

 Orlando, FL 32801

 

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap

($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Register Here

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes

or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

 

Continental breakfast provided.

 

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.  The training will draw from these advanced areas:

►Planning in advance for implementing comprehensive immigration reform. Participants will be asked to analyze how they plan to respond to a sharp increase in demand of clients applying for immigration benefits after the passage of new legislation. Discussion will also include how to prepare leadership, funders, and the community for changes in service provision and the need for additional support and resources.

►Case management policies, procedures, and forms. Participants will be asked to bring their case management forms to the training for a thorough review of forms in use and assess them against best practices. Attention will be given to developing policies and procedures that can accommodate a higher client demand sure to come after comprehensive immigration law is passed.

►Program management challenges and ethical dilemmas with proposed solutions. Participants will learn from actual and hypothetical cases and share their own experiences. 

►Measuring program outcomes for fundraising and marketing effectiveness.  Participants will learn a logic model and apply it to designing a project and spotlighting outcomes which are attractive to many funders. Participants will also learn how to use the likelihood of new legislation in funding proposals, community events, and other marketing arenas to garner additional support for the immigration program.

►Group application workshop models with consideration of current uses in addition to prospective use for unexpected changes in immigration law or policy. Each participant will practice the workshop model and create a workshop plan for her or his program.

►Open forum for participants to raise issues, ask questions and share good practices that are replicable.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

 

The training will be presented by Michelle Sardone, CLINIC’s Legalization Director, Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC’s Field Support Coordinator, and Silvana Arista, CLINIC’s Project Director. 

 

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities, other Catholic nonprofits, and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

 

Register Here

 

This training is expected to fill up quickly.  Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is January 23, 2014 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Leya Speasmaker at 301-565-4816 or lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

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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.

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.

Hands-On Mega Group Application Workshop Training

Hands-On Mega Group Application Workshop Training

 Sponsored by:
The New Americans Campaign

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC),

Immigration Advocates Network, and

NALEO Educational Fund

Saturday, November 16, 2013

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Preceding the 6th Annual National Immigrant Integration Conference

Location:
Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

(305) 374-0000

$100 per person from CLINIC affiliates
 $125 per person from other nonprofit agency staff

 $210 per person for private attorneys and staff

Agenda

Includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks 

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.  CLINIC invites staff of affiliates and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices to attend.

 This training will be highly interactive with minimal lecturing.  Participants will be immersed in the following discussion topics and exercises:

  • The naturalization group application workshop model and stages

  • Training resources

  • Media outreach, planning and organizing

  • How to increase efficiency by using  technology such as CitizenshipWorks and CLINIC's self-directed e-learning course on naturalization 

  • Workshop set-up

  • Red flags relevant to DACA and naturalization

  • Hypothetical situations

  • Best practices and strategies

  • Creating a workshop plan of action for local implementation

  • Future considerations for comprehensive immigration reform

The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal  staff of private law offices.   If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of you IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 301-565-4824 or rcalderwood@cliniclegal.org  to the attention of Rommel Calderwood. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. 

Space is limited to 50 participants. Please be sure to register by November 13 under the correct category and for the correct training.  All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of your payment through the website by credit card only.  No checks or cash accepted for payment.

See below for information about local travel and hotel options.  Questions may be sent to Rommel Calderwood at rcalderwood@cliniclegal.org or (301) 565-4826.

Logistics:  The nearest airports to the training site are Miami International Airport (7 miles) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County (24 miles).

SuperShuttle services Miami Downtown.  Other transportation options from these airports include Miami-Dade Metro Transit, car rental or taxi.  

Hotel Options:  The following hotels are near the training site, and attendees should make their own reservations for accommodation.

Hilton Miami Downtown (location of the training)
($206 per night; Group rate will apply for National Immigrant Integration Conference attendees)
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay
($189 per night; 0.3 mile from training site)
1717 North Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL, 33132

Spring Hill Suites Miami Airport East/Medical Center
($169 per night; 1.5 mile from training site)
1311 NW 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

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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.

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

BIA Recognition and Accreditation for Start-up and Expanding Programs

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

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 will cover the application process and requirements for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation. We will 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 agency recognition and staff accreditation is the Department of Justice’s certification of nonprofit legal immigration programs and their staff. It allows non-attorneys to practice immigration law as authorized representatives. Increasing the number of BIA recognized agencies, locations, and accredited staff will be essential for implementing CIR and bringing legal services to the millions of immigrants who will be eligible for relief. This webinar will be presented by CLINIC Attorneys Silvana Arista and Sarah Bronstein and CLINIC Field Support Coordinator Laura Burdick. For questions, please contact Laura Burdick at lburdick@cliniclegal.org.

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January 23, 2013

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

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.

The USCIS will start accepting provisional waivers for unlawful presence on March 4.  This new procedure can help your program promote naturalization as well as family-based immigration.  More clients will want to file I-130 petitions and initiate consular processing if they can file the unlawful presence in the United States and wait here for a decision. Clients will be turning to your program to help them file the waiver.  More clients will be motivated to naturalize if it will convert their spouse to an immediate relative.  In this webinar we will cover eligibility for the provisional waiver as well as how your program can gain the maximum advantage for your clients. Join CLINIC staff members  Jack Holmgren and Charles Wheeler as they discuss both the substance of the law and how to prepare for an increase in demand for services. Contact Jack Holmgren at jholmgren@cliniclegal.org with questions.

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DACA Evaluation: Beyond the Numbers

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

Now that your agency has assisted numerous clients in receiving their DACA approval, it is time to step back and evaluate the success of your agency’s response.  Was your program ready for DACA?  Do you have the data to justify the support you have received?  What have you learned?  How has your program grown?  Will you be ready for the next change in immigration law or policy?  Join CLINIC’s capacity building staff to learn about strategies for data collection, program evaluation, and documenting outputs and outcomes.  We will also cover how to use information from your DACA program evaluation to plan and prepare for comprehensive immigration reform.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  Please contact Michelle Sardone (msardone@cliniclegal.org) with any questions.

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Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Other Selected Issues in Program Management

Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Other Selected Issues in Program Management  

Sponsored by

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

October 24 - 25, 2013

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

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Day Two

Location:

CLINIC's new office

8757 Georgia Avenue, Ste. 850

Silver Spring, MD 20910

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)
$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)
$390 per person for private attorneys and staff
Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.
Continental breakfast provided.
Hotel available next door to CLINIC’s training room.
Cancellations for hotel required by October 9


This newly developed training is focused on methods to plan and implement Comprehensive Immigration Reform, specifically Registered Provisional Immigrant status as currently passed in Senate Bill 744. The curriculum includes a CIR Planning Checklist and Outline that attendees can use for their own community-level planning. The training will draw from these advanced areas:

►Presenting up-to-date data on the undocumented by residence by city, length of residence, nationality, age, income level, and education level completed.  Data will be studied with application towards service delivery opportunities and challenges.

►Identifying how to acquire more leadership and stakeholder support for planning and resource development.  Discussion will include different definitions of successful CIR implementation based on local realities and revenue raising options to achieve success. 

►Measuring program outcomes for fundraising and marketing effectiveness. Participants will learn a logic model and apply it to designing a project and spotlighting outcomes which are attractive to many funders. Participants will also learn how to use the likelihood of new legislation in funding proposals, community events, and other marketing arenas to garner additional support for the immigration program.

► Learning human resource models and infrastructure needs to build-up service delivery capacity and efficiency. A short presentation will be given on Board of Immigration Appeals agency recognition and staff and volunteer accreditation.

► Evaluating technology enhancements including client and program databases.  Discussion will include how web-based databases can serve more people efficiently, increase staff efficiency and tell successful stories about outcomes.

►Community education messages tailored for each phase of CIR from pre-passage, registration, adjustment of status, and naturalization spanning a decade or more.  The role of partnerships in community education and other service delivery needs will be addressed.

►Service delivery diagrams will be presented to show how different charitable immigration legal programs have already drafted service delivery models for implementing CIR.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship). The training will be presented by: Jeff Chenoweth, Director of CLINIC's Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities; Michelle Sardone, CLINIC's Legalization Program Manager & BIA Full Accredited Representative; and Laura Burdick and Leya Speasmaker, CLINIC Field Support Coordinators; Silvana Arista, Project Attorney; and Rommel Calderwood, CLINIC Project Coordinator

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities, other Catholic nonprofits, and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices. If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andrés Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only.


This training is expected to fill up quickly. Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is October 10, 2013 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Leya Speasmaker at 202-756-3753 or lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

 

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Immigration Program Management Training

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

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

Continental breakfast provided.

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. 

This training is continuously updated to reflect recent laws such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the new provisional unlawful presence waiver.  It will help you to prepare for even bigger changes such as Comprehensive Immigration Reform, AgJOBS, and DREAM Act.

Participants will learn how to determine which applications to accept and how to adjust fees to obtain the best support for their program. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is highly interactive. Participants will leave with a plan to create or improve immigration legal services. Past participants have used information from this training to build or expand their legal immigration capacity.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

The training will be presented by Michelle Sardone, BIA Fully Accredited Representative, Jack Holmgren, Attorney, and Laura Burdick, Field Support Coordinator, all of whom work at CLINIC’S Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities as Field Support Coordinators. 

 Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andrés Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training.  All registration changes, cancellations or disenrollments are subject to an administrative charge of $70.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.”

Space is limited to 30 participants. The registration deadline is February 15, 2013 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Michelle Sardone at (202) 756-5503.

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Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Other Selected Issues in Program Management

Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Other Selected Issues in Program Management

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

Hosted by
Catholic Charities CYO San Francisco

September 17 – September 18, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Day One
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day Two

Location:
Catholic Charities CYO San Francisco
180 Howard Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94105-1696
(415) 972-1200

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. 

Continental breakfast provided.

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.  The training will draw from these advanced areas:

  • Planning in advance for implementing comprehensive immigration reform. Participants will be asked to analyze how they plan to respond to a sharp increase in demand of clients applying for immigration benefits after the passage of new legislation. Discussion will also include how to prepare leadership, funders, and the community for changes in service provision and the need for additional support and resources.
  • Case management policies, procedures, and forms. Participants will be asked to bring their case management forms to the training for a thorough review of forms in use and assess them against best practices. Attention will be given to developing policies and procedures that can accommodate a higher client demand sure to come after comprehensive immigration law is passed.
  • Program management challenges and ethical dilemmas with proposed solutions. Participants will learn from actual and hypothetical cases and share their own experiences. 
  • Measuring program outcomes for fundraising and marketing effectiveness.  Participants will learn a logic model and apply it to designing a project and spotlighting outcomes which are attractive to many funders. Participants will also learn how to use the likelihood of new legislation in funding proposals, community events, and other marketing arenas to garner additional support for the immigration program.
  • Group application workshop models with consideration of current uses in addition to prospective use for unexpected changes in immigration law or policy. Each participant will practice the workshop model and create a workshop plan for her or his program.
  • Open forum for participants to raise issues, ask questions and share good practices that are replicable.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

The training will be presented by Jeff Chenoweth, Director of CLINIC’s Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities, Michelle Sardone, CLINIC's Legalization Program Manager & BIA Full Accredited Representative and Jack Holmgren, Attorney and Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC’s Capacity Building Section. 

Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities, other Catholic nonprofits, and other community-based organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3)letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andrés Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter.  If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be disenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number.  Payment is by credit card only.

This training is expected to fill up quickly.  Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is August 31, 2013 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Jack Holmgren at 415-394-8074 or jholmgren@cliniclegal.org.

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DACA Emerging Best Practices - A Conversation between CLINIC and Affiliates

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

Join CLINIC's Capacity Building staff for a moderated discussion of affiliates on "real-time" DACA management and implementation issues.  This online meeting, as opposed to a teaching webinar, will give CLINIC affiliates an opportunity to speak to their peers about the many management questions and program modifications that have come up since DACA applications were first accepted on August 15th.


The purposes of the conversation are to: 1) identify challenges and strategies to overcome challenges as DACA implementation evolves over time; 2)  hear how some affiliates have been successful in gaining additional resources in money and staff from their parent organizations and external funders; 3) hear how immigration program directors are serving existing clients, adding DACA clients and contemplating future benefits like state-side processing of provisional unauthorized presence waivers; 4) plan for future surges in DACA applications.

If you have questions to pose or information to share during this online meeting, please contact your Field Support Coordinator so issues and presenters can be identified in advance.

 

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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Michelle Sardone at msardone@cliniclegal.org.

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Welcoming Three Million Newcomers Management Training

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:
Catholic Charities of Central Florida
1819 North Semoran Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32807

(407) 658-1818

$130 per person from affiliate agencies; $390 cap ($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$145 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $435 cap
($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$255 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

This one-day training is not about the law.  It is about what you and your program can do now to prepare for the biggest opportunities in immigration law in a quarter century.  We have a chance the like of which we have not seen since three million people obtained lawful status from the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).  Participants will work in small groups to bring innovative and tested strategies and ideas to all as you create your Implementation Plan for DACA principally with a strategic assessment of how you can both reunite families while using the new Pre-adjudication of Unlawful Presence Waivers (PUPW) to boost naturalization demand.  You will leave with a road map to guide you through the intense months of implementation of the new changes.  All participants will receive a detailed DACA Implementation Plan Outline to complete during the training, a power point with the latest information on fees and strategies from the field, and a set of talking points to use when communicating the tremendous opportunities and challenges presented by the new procedures to foundations.

Earned income (fees) and their core importance to building sustainable programs that can continue to serve DREAMers will be covered. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies with a focus on Group Application Workshops for DREAMers and those applying to naturalize, using an army of volunteers, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, educational programs (ESL and Citizenship), and DREAM coalitions and student organizations.

The training will be presented by Michelle Sardone, BIA Fully Accredited Representative and Jack Holmgren. Sardone and Holmgren both work at CLINIC’s Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities as Field Support Coordinators.

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax or scan a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 (fax)/jholmgren@cliniclegal.org (scan) to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The registration deadline is October 9, 2012 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information send an e-mail to Jack Holmgren at jholmgren@cliniclegal.org.

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Hands-On Mega Group Application Workshop Training combined with a Naturalization Workshop Event

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

Saturday, November 17, 2012 (time TBD) - naturalization workshop

Location:
Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library
16244 Nordhoff Street
North Hills, 91343
(818) 895-3650

$130 per person from CLINIC affiliates
$170 per person from other nonprofit agency staff
$210 per person for private attorneys and staff
Fees are for materials, continental breakfast and lunch

Please be sure to register by November 1 under the correct category and for the correct training.  CLINIC will cut-off registration when capacity is full. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of your payment through the website by credit card only.  No checks or cash accepted for payment.

The first of its kind, this two-day event combines one-day of hands-on training to give immigration legal staff the knowledge of planning and implementing a large "mega" group application workshop for naturalization and deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), and on the second day actual mega workshop experience serving an estimated number of 250 or more naturalization applicants.  CLINIC invites staff of affiliates and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices to attend.  Nonprofits should submit their IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt letter to CLINIC (Attn: Rommel Calderwood) by fax at 202-635-2649 or email at rcalderwood@cliniclegal.org.  General questions may also be sent to Rommel Calderwood’s email address or his phone at (202) 756-5509.

This training will be highly interactive with minimal lecturing.  On the first day, participants will be immersed in the following discussion topics and exercises:

  • The naturalization group application workshop models and stages
  • Volunteer and staff training resources
  • Media outreach, planning and organizing
  • How to increase efficiency by using technology such as CitizenshipWorks and CLINIC's self-directed e-learning course on naturalization
  • Workshop set-up
  • Red flags relevant to DACA and naturalization
  • Hypothetical situations
  • Best practices and strategies
  • Creating a workshop plan of action for local implementation

On the second day, participants will be actively engaged in the actual mega workshop hosted by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles where trainees from around the country will join local immigration practitioners in helping hundreds of LPRs to reach their dream of citizenship.  You and your colleagues will manage the various stages of the workshop, guide applicants through the process and immigration forms, and provide subject matter expertise.  Through your efforts, hundreds of potentially eligible LPRs and their families will become Americans.

REGISTER HERE

Click here for information about local travel and hotel options arrangements. 

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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.

Issues: 

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.

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Welcoming Three Million Newcomers Management Training

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
Dallas, TX  75243
T – (214) 520-6590

$130 per person from affiliate agencies; $390 cap ($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)


$145 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $435 cap
($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$255 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

This one-day training is not about the law.  It is about what you and your program can do now to prepare for the biggest opportunities in immigration law in a quarter century.  We have a chance the like of which we have not seen since three million people obtained lawful status from the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).  Participants will work in small groups to bring innovative and tested strategies and ideas to all as you create your Implementation Plan for DACA principally with a strategic assessment of how you can both reunite families while using the new Pre-adjudication of Unlawful Presence Waivers (PUPW) to boost naturalization demand.  You will leave with a road map to guide you through the intense months of implementation of the new changes.  All participants will receive a detailed DACA Implementation Plan Outline to complete during the training, a power point with the latest information on fees and strategies from the field, and a set of talking points to use when communicating the tremendous opportunities and challenges presented by the new procedures to foundations.

Earned income (fees) and their core importance to building sustainable programs that can continue to serve DREAMers will be covered. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies with a focus on Group Application Workshops for DREAMers and those applying to naturalize, using an army of volunteers, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, educational programs (ESL and Citizenship), and DREAM coalitions and student organizations.

The training will be presented by Vanna Slaughter, Division Director and BIA Fully Accredited Representative, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Michelle Sardone, BIA Fully Accredited Representative and Jack Holmgren. Sardone and Holmgren both work at CLINIC’s Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities as Field Support Coordinators.

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax or scan a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 (fax)/jholmgren@cliniclegal.org (scan) to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 50 participants. The registration deadline is October 9, 2012 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information send an e-mail to Jack Holmgren at jholmgren@cliniclegal.org.

REGISTER HERE

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Immigration Program Management Training with Optional LawLogix Professional Level Certification Workshop

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
*Open to all current LawLogix users who have participated in the basic New User Web training.

Location:
LawLogix Training Center
3111 N. Central Ave
 Phoenix, AZ 85012

$235 per person from affiliate agencies; $705 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

Continental breakfast provided.


The first two days of this training provide a complete overview of how to start and sustain a nonprofit immigration legal services program. The training 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.  

Participants will learn how to determine which applications to accept and how to adjust fees to obtain the best support for their program.  There will also be a discussion of case intake and management strategies with a focus on Group Application Workshops for DACA applicants, using an army of volunteers, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is highly interactive. Participants will leave with a plan to create or improve immigration legal services. Past participants have used information from this training to build or expand their legal immigration capacity.


Optional Third Day of Training*
*Open to all current LawLogix users who have participated in the basic New User Web training.

Become a PowerUser of LawLogix after this one day training at the LawLogix headquarters in Phoenix. Participants will gain experience and expertise on how best to use the software’s features to maximize efficient and high-quality legal service provision. Hands-on practice will be provided to assist with case management, reporting features, the EDGE calendar, and more.


General Training Information

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

The training will be presented by Jack Holmgren and Michelle Sardone, both of whom work at CLINIC’S Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities as Field Service Coordinators.  The optional third day of training will be provided by LawLogix staff.

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 30 participants. The registration deadline is November 5, 2012 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information call Michelle Sardone at (202) 756-5503. 

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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

"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
(registration for the November 16 and 17 events will be open soon)

Webinar Hosted By:
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
&
NALEO Educational Fund

This series of three training events is the first of its kind. The purposes of the events are to: 1) educate charitable immigration legal staff on the unique differences of planning and implementing a large, "mega" group application workshop for naturalization and deferred action; 2) offer a one-day, on-site training in Los Angeles about the mega workshop model; and 3) give trainees actual "mega" workshop experience the next day serving an estimated number of 350 naturalization applicants.     

The webinar and on-site training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices.    

Please note that registration for the training and workshop will be released at a later date soon. Registration for the September 12 webinar is not required to attend the on-site training and workshop. Registration for the webinar is not a commitment to attend the training or workshop. For questions, please contact Jeff Chenoweth at jchenoweth@cliniclegal.org or 202-635-5826.

REGISTER HERE

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Welcoming Three Million Newcomers Management Training

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
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
United Farm Workers Foundation

September 5th (Wednesday), 2012
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
T - (213) 977-7500

$130 per person from affiliate agencies; $390 cap ($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$145 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $435 cap
($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$255 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

This one-day training is not about the law. It is about what you and your program can do now to prepare for the biggest opportunities in immigration law in a quarter century. We have a chance the likes of which we have not seen since three million people obtained lawful status from the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Participants will work in small groups to bring innovative and tested strategies and ideas to all as you create your Implementation Plans for both new procedures. You will leave with a road map to guide you through the intense months of implementation of the new changes. All participants will receive a detailed Implementation Plan Outline to complete during the training, a power point with the latest information on fees and strategies from the field, and a set of talking points to use when communicating the tremendous opportunities and challenges presented by the new procedures to foundations.

Earned income (fees) and their core importance to building sustainable programs that can continue to serve DREAMers will be covered. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies with a focus on Group Application Workshops for DREAMers and those applying to naturalize, using an army of volunteers, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, educational programs (ESL and Citizenship), and DREAM coalitions and student organizations.

The training will be presented by Genevieve Maciel, Immigration Program Director and Immigration Attorney, United Farm Workers Foundation, Michelle Sardone, BIA Fully Accredited Representative and Jack Holmgren. Sardone and Holmgren both work at CLINIC's Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities as Field Support Coordinators.

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 75 participants. The registration deadline is September 3, 2012 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information call Jack Holmgren at (415) 394-8074.

 

REGISTER HERE

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Welcoming Three Million Newcomers 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

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

Location:
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
510-849-2568

$130 per person from affiliate agencies; $390 cap ($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees  from the same office location)

$145 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $435 cap ($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$255 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

This one-day training is not about the law.  It is about what you and your program can do now to prepare for the biggest opportunities in immigration law in a quarter century.  We have a chance the likes of which we have not seen since three million people obtained lawful status from the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).  Participants will work in small groups to bring innovative and tested strategies and ideas to all as you create your Implementation Plans for both new procedures.  You will leave with a road map to guide you through the intense months of implementation of the new changes.  All participants will receive CLINIC’s celebrated Managing an Immigration Program and a set of talking points to use when communicating the tremendous opportunities and challenges presented by the new procedures to foundations.

Earned income (fees) and their core importance to building sustainable programs that can continue to serve DREAMers will be covered. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies with a focus on Group Application Workshops for DREAMers and those applying to naturalize, using an army of volunteers, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, educational programs (ESL and Citizenship), and DREAM coalitions and student organizations.

The training will be presented by Genevieve Maciel-Kramer, Immigration Program Director and Immigration Attorney, United Farm Workers Foundation, Francisco Gonzalez, Immigration Program Manager and BIA Fully Accredited Representative (formerly Legal Services Supervisor at Educators For Fair Consideration) and Jack Holmgren, Field Support Coordinator at CLINIC’s Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities. 

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 45 participants. The registration deadline is August 6, 2012 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information call Jack Holmgren at (415) 394-8074.

REGISTER HERE

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Welcoming Three Million Newcomers Training

  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.

Location:
Catholic Charities
2740 SE Powell Boulevard
Portland, OR  97202
503-231-4866

$130 per person from affiliate agencies; $390 cap ($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$145 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $435 cap
($45 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$255 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

This one-day training is not about the law.  It is about what you and your program can do now to prepare for the biggest opportunities in immigration law in a quarter century.  We have a chance the likes of which we have not seen since three million people obtained lawful status from the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).  Participants will work in small groups to bring innovative and tested strategies and ideas to all as you create your Implementation Plans for both new procedures.  You will leave with a road map to guide you through the intense months of implementation of the new changes.  All participants will receive CLINIC’s celebrated Managing an Immigration Program and a set of talking points to use when communicating the tremendous opportunities and challenges presented by the new procedures to foundations.

Earned income (fees) and their core importance to building sustainable programs that can continue to serve DREAMers will be covered. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies with a focus on Group Application Workshops for DREAMers and those applying to naturalize, using an army of volunteers, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, educational programs (ESL and Citizenship), and DREAM coalitions and student organizations.

The training will be presented by Sarah McClain, Program Director, Catholic Charities of Portland and Immigration Attorney and Jack Holmgren, Field Support Coordinator at CLINIC’s Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities. 

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 40 participants. The registration deadline is August 6, 2012 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information call Jack Holmgren at (415) 394-8074.

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Hot Topics in Immigration Program Management Training

  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

$270 per person from affiliate agencies; $810 cap ($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)


$295 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $885 cap
( 50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$425 per person for private attorneys and staff

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.

Lunch for both days is catered and included in the registration fee

This two-day training is focused on strategic program management and capacity development topics. The curriculum will include elements of CLINIC’s highly praised Immigration Program Management training but extend beyond it for more advanced learning opportunities.  The training will draw from these advanced areas:

►Group application workshop models for unexpected changes in immigration law or policy such as Deferred Action for DREAMers. Each participant will practice the workshop model and create a workshop plan for her or his program.

► Measuring program outcomes for fundraising and marketing effectiveness.  Participants will learn a logic model and apply it to designing a project and spotlighting outcomes which are attractive to many funders.

►Program management challenges and ethical dilemmas with proposed solutions. Participants will learn from actual and hypothetical cases and share their own experiences. 

► BIA Recognition and Accreditation.  Participants will learn about unique opportunities for volunteers to contribute to your program and how to prepare for anticipated changes to be made by the BIA in the recognition and accreditation process.

►Open forum for participants to raise issues, ask questions and share good practices that are replicable.

The training is highly interactive.  Participants will leave with useful and customized tools to help them create or improve immigration legal services.  

 

Presenters: Jeff Chenoweth, CLINIC’s Capacity Building Section Director and Laura Burdick and Michelle Sardone, CLINIC Field Support Coordinators

Registration details and deadline
The training is for the staff of community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status. As a requirement of registration, if you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at 202-635-2649 to the attention of Michelle Sardone. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

The deadline for registration is August 31, 2012 or sooner if registration is filled.  Only on-line registration and payment by credit card is accepted at the CLINIC web site.   For space reasons, we suggest you register early. Registration may close prior to the stated deadline if the number or registrants reaches capacity. If that happens, the website will not accept your credit card payment. For more information, contact Michelle Sardone at msardone@cliniclegal.org or 202-756-5503.

REGISTER HERE

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CLINIC Quarterly Webinar

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

Cost:  Free for Affiliates only
 
Join us on Friday, June 22 for CLINIC 's second quarterly webinar review of legal updates and news on CLINIC initiatives and services. Our webinar panelists will discuss (a) VAWA Reauthorization; (b) ICE enforcement through use of fingerprints taken for custody determinations; (c)  CIS roll-out of "ELIS", a new system for filing applications electronically and to increase in number and type in the near future; (d) new Supreme Court cases addressing LPRs and admission, and cancellation of removal, and new BIA cases on unlawful presence, and refugees subject to removal; (e) lock-box filing and stateside processing of all waiver applications; (f) CIS  reaffirmation of 1990 policy to not classify children as conditional residents if there is no conditional resident spouse and (g) news from CLINIC's Executive Office.  Don't miss the latest news from the field: register for this free affiliates-only webinar today!  

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org. 

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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

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 

Location

Catholic Charities USA
2050 Ballenger Avenue, 4th Floor,
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

The site is in "Old Town" Alexandria, a historical location along the Potomac River with interesting 18th and early 19th Century buildings

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

REGISTER HERE

The registration deadline is June 6. For details about the event, contact Jeff Chenoweth at 202-635-5826 or jchenoweth@cliniclegal.org.

This training is CLINIC's third event to increase collaboration among national networks and build capacity for local immigration legal programs. While CLINIC is the host, it will benefit from the contributions of World Relief staff and other networks in attendance.

The goals of the training are to increase:1) collaboration among national networks; 2) the availability of charitable legal immigration programs; 3) national network capacity to support local programs through the provision of Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) agency recognition and staff accreditation; and 4) staff use of best practices with greater professionalism and ethical conduct.

The training will provide an opportunity for attendees to:

● meet with EOIR/BIA (to be invited) to discuss developments in the BIA recognition and accreditation process and USCIS on its public engagement campaigns and business redesign particularly e-filing of immigration benefit applications. EOIR and USCIS presence is dependent on their availability;

● identify support services necessary to help local programs fulfill the anticipated BIA recognition and accreditation regulations;

● share and learn from national network materials and toolkits designed to create, expand and sustain immigration legal programs;

● learn different program evaluation methods to build greater stakeholder support primarily by transforming program and client service data into compelling messages and stories;

● spot-check ethical dilemmas and violations that need to be avoided at the direct legal representation level to protect clients and agencies from harm; and

● observe and learn from different technologies and multi-media tools used to promote and facilitate access to immigration benefits, particularly naturalization (i.e. demographic mapping; self-directed e-learning on naturalization law and the group application workshop model); CitizenshipWorks; case management web-based systems; and CLINIC's new La Ciudadanía: Cambia Tu Vida (Citizenship: Change Your Life) campaign, a multi-media package of television and radio commercials, posters, postcards (viral and paper) to encourage relatives and peers to naturalize; a Spanish-language website and more.

Lodging, Local Transportation

Hotels

The Westin Alexandria (across the street from CCUSA)
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 253-8600

Hilton Alexandria Old Town (near the King Street Metro and short walk to CCUSA)
1767 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 837-0440

Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street
1456 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-5474

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Embassy Suites Alexandria Old Town
1900 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-5900

Shuttle Service Information for Embassy Suites:
Complimentary shuttle is offered within 2 Mile Radius of the Hotel

Hampton Inn Alexandria-Old Town/King Street
1616 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-9900

This hotel does not provide shuttle service

Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria (shuttle service information below)
801 North Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 836-4700
Toll Free: 1(800) 325-3535

Shuttle Service Information for the Sheraton Suites:
Shuttles pick up in front of doors #5 and #9 at the baggage claim. Shuttles run every 30 minutes

Hours of Operation:
6 AM to 10 AM
4 PM to 8PM
*After 8PM, shuttle runs every hour until 11PM.

Please feel free to call the hotel when you arrive to schedule shuttle service at (703) 836-4700. If you arrive after 11 PM taxis are available from the airport at a fee of approximately $15-18.

Metro Directions to the Sheraton Suites:

If you choose to utilize the Metro (http://www.wmata.com/) to get to the hotel you will enter at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station and will exit at the next stop, Braddock Road station for the hotel. You must take the Franconia-Springfield train on the Blue Line or the Huntington train if it is the Yellow Line train.  These lines are parallel between the airport and Braddock Road station so it does not matter which train you take so long as you are going in the right direction.

Upon exiting the Braddock Road Metro station, you should head north on North West Street towards Madison Street, turn right onto Madison Street, and turn left onto North Saint Asaph Street; the hotel will be on your right. It is approximately an 11 minute walk; therefore, for your convenience, you should take the hotel shuttle from the airport or arrange the hotel shuttle to pick you up from the Braddock Road Metro station by calling (703) 836-4700.

Registration

Register by clicking the link at the top of this announcement.

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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.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

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

Cost:  Free
 
Children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect are among the most vulnerable immigrants in our society.  These children may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a pathway to becoming a lawful permanent resident.  The presenters will discuss the eligibility requirements for SIJS as well as the procedures for applying both affirmatively and defensively in removal proceedings.  The presenters for this webinar are Sarah Bronstein and Kristina Karpinski, Training and Legal Support Attorneys with Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  This is a free webinar.

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Dinah Suncin at dsuncin@cliniclegal.org.

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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.

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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.

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

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:

* Pricing Discounts for CLINIC affiliates
* Special added services

* Training and Certification
* Other additional details

* Sessions during the Convening

REGISTER HERE

 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. 

For additional information, please contact Jeff Chenoweth at jchenoweth@cliniclegal.org.   

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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.

Held on December, 6, 2011.

Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 4: Network Technology Innovations

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

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 will moderate the discussion. The first three webinars in this series are archived at www.cliniclegal.org.

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

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Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 3: Case Management Software

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

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. Stay tuned for the final webinar in this series: April 24.

REGISTER HERE

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.  For additional information contact Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

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Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 1: Introduction to Office Technology Tools

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

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. office will moderate the discussion on how best to leverage the power of technology to your program's advantage. Stay tuned for the next 3 webinars in this series: February 28, March 27, and April 24.

Register by clicking here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

 For additional information contact Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

 

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

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

Immigration law is a relatively unique field as non-attorneys are permitted to practice with all of the rights and privileges of lawyers within the limits of administrative units dealing with this area.  But for this provision, many non-profits would not be able to offer these sorts of services.  This area is tightly regulated by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and recent changes and trends have increased that control.  Join Jack Holmgren, Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's San Francisco office and select CLINIC affiliate program staff for a discussion about what the trends are and how you can prepare your office and your staff to meet these requirements.

Non-affiliates can register by clicking here.

Click here for complimentary webinar registration (log in required)

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.

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

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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. 

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Naturalization Group Application Workshops

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 

What are the benefits of naturalization group application workshops?  How can you plan for a successful event?  This webinar will discuss workshop models and approaches; planning for a workshop; and stages of the workshop event.  Speakers will also provide tips for working with the media and recruiting volunteers.  The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project Coordinator, CLINIC and Lizette Marquez-Escobedo, National Director of Civic Engagement, NALEO Educational Fund.

Non-affiiates, register by clicking here.

Affiliates, click here for complimentary webinar registration (log-in required).

 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar.    For additional information, please contact Laura Burdick at lburdick@cliniclegal.org.

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Immigration Program Management Training

 

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

Street parking is limited. It is recommended that participants take the street car to the Broadway stop.

$235 per person from CLINIC affiliate staff; $705 cap ($50 materials fee for each additional staff from the same office location)

$260 per person for other non-profit agency staff; $780 cap
($50 materials fee per person for more than 3 attendees from the same office site)

$390 per person for private attorneys and staff 

Breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be on your own.
Registration fee includes a copy of the training manual.
There is a $70.00 cancellation fee.
 

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. 

Participants will learn how to determine which applications to accept and how to adjust fees to obtain the best support for their program. There will be a discussion of case intake and management strategies, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, and strategies for working with the funders and delivering on grant objectives.

The training is highly interactive. Participants will leave with many new ideas to improve and strengthen their program. Past participants have used information from this training to build or expand their legal immigration capacity.

The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship).

The training will be presented by Jack Holmgren and Leya Speasmaker from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  

The training is for the staff of Catholic agencies and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal worker staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (415) 394-8986 to the attention of Jack Holmgren. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter and your payment through the website by credit card only. No checks or cash accepted for payment.

Space is limited to 25 participants. The registration deadline is January 18thor sooner if registration is full. For registration information call Leya Speasmaker at (202) 756-3753.

 

Lodging

Hampton Hotel Inn Garden District                                                                                         3626 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

There are several bed and breakfasts around the training site.

The St. Charles Ave. Streetcar stops right outside both hotels. There are many other hotels in New Orleans on the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar line.

 

REGISTER HERE

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How to Design and Implement a Citizenship Program

 

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

 

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

 

Citizenship test preparation classes and quality legal services go hand in hand in assisting an immigrant along the path to citizenship. As programs seek better ways to serve the foreign born as they prepare to naturalize, CLINIC offers this webinar as a tool to use when developing an in-house citizenship program with legal and educational services. Covered topics will include program needs, planning for a citizenship program, and examples of program models. Join Leya Speasmaker, Field Support Coordinator in CLINIC's Washington D.C. office and Daniel Quinn, Citizenship Program Manager at Hogar Immigrant Services in Falls Church, Virginia for a discussion about how best to plan and implement an effective citizenship  program in your agency.

Non-affiliates, register by clicking here.

Affiliates, click here for complimentary webinar registration (log-in required).

 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the webinar. 

For additional information, please contact Leya Speasmaker at lspeasmaker@cliniclegal.org.

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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.

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.

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