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Asylee Resource Hotline Closes After 11 Years

Oct 19, 2012
Wendy Rhein

Washington, DC (October 19, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) regretfully announces today the termination of its National Asylee Information and Referral Hotline.  The 11-year-old, toll-free hotline, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), has provided vital information and resources to more than 39,000 asylees since its inception.  ORR did not award funding to renew this project for 2013.    

The asylee hotline, provided by CLINIC and ran in partnership with Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York, provided one-on-one support to those granted political asylum in the United States. It offered referral services to local refugee resettlement programs in 18 languages.  The hotline operators fielded more than 400 calls monthly from a diverse body of asylees representing about an average of 67 nationalities.

“Over the years the hotline has been an

CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

Jun 25, 2012
Wendy Rhein

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.   

“This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director.  “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform.   CLINIC’s affiliates throughout the country will continue to work to keep families together and bring a measure of justice to a broken immigration system.”

Though the Court decided that the troubling “show me your papers” provision could not be blocked at this time, CLINIC will continue to monitor pending legal and civil rights challenges to this section, which threatens essential civil liberties and family unity. 

CLINIC Launches Self-Directed eLearning

Jun 22, 2012
Wendy Rhein

Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is enhancing its legal immigration training courses with an innovative new learning tool: a self-directed online training course.  

This first self-directed e-learning course called “Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop,” trains volunteers on the most effective ways they can help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.  

“Naturalization is a cornerstone of immigrant integration,” said Maria M. Odom, executive director of CLINIC.  ”Among many things, it creates an opportunity for volunteers in our welcoming communities to work with immigrants who are ready to take the meaningful step of applying for U.S. citizenship. This training is an essential tool for those dedicated volunteers.” 

The self-directed course allows participants to complete the training on their own schedules and in the comfort of their offices or homes.  This free course educates participants on the basics of

CLINIC Applauds Immigration Action for DREAMers

Jun 15, 2012
Wendy Rhein

Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) welcomes the announcement by President Barack Obama and the Department of Homeland Security that deferred action will be granted to certain eligible undocumented immigrant youth.  Many of these immigrants who entered by age 16 would qualify for relief under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

The new policy will afford work authorization and protection from removal to an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 young people ages 15-30.  Often referred to as DREAMers, these individuals came to this country as young children and now seek a better future in this, the only home many of them have ever known. 

Those who qualify, including individuals currently in removal proceedings, will be granted protection against removal as well as work authorization for a renewable period of two years.  This new policy does not confer permanent legal immigration status on the individual.

CLINIC Presents CLINIC Champion Award to SC Ministry Foundation

May 30, 2012
Wendy Rhein

Austin, TX (May 23, 2012)  - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today recognizes the SC Ministry Foundation with its CLINIC Champion award as part of its 2012 Annual Convening.

“We are extremely grateful to the SC Ministry Foundation for its commitment to all immigrants and for its financial support of CLINIC and essential programs serving immigrants across the country,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s executive director.  “Over the past decade, the SC Ministry Foundation has meaningfully invested in communities and in community programs,

LawLogix to Provide CLINIC Affiliates with New Benefits: Exclusive Pricing Discounts, Training & Certification Programs

Mar 9, 2012

LawLogix and CLINIC have entered into a multi-year partnership to provide immigration case management software to CLINIC’s large and growing network of non-profit legal services providers. Under the terms of the agreement, LawLogix will provide CLINIC affiliates across the U.S. with value added benefits including custom user training and certification programs.  For more on the new pricing discounts and programs exclusively available to CLINIC members and subscribers) and for information on how to become a CLINIC affiliate, click on the aforementioned links in orange.

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 14, 2012 --LawLogix Group, Inc., the proven leader in Immigration Forms and Case Management Softwareannounced today an exclusive multi-year partnership with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) to provide immigration case management software to CLINIC’s large and growing network of non-profit legal services providers, the largest network of its kind in the country.

Under the terms of the agreement, LawLogix will provide CLINIC affiliates across the U.S. with special pricing discounts, custom user training, and exclusive certification programs designed to promote best practices for immigration case management through the LawLogix EDGE software

Alabama Resource Center

Alabama's anti-immigrant law went into effect in September, causing confusion for nearly everyone in the state, because the law impacts every aspect of life for immigrants and those who interact with them.  CLINIC's State and Local Project created an “Alabama Resource Center” -- a one-stop-shop for updates and materials, including Q&As in both English and Spanish, “know your rights” materials, and analyses of the court's decisions.  CLINIC also matched immigration practitioners with family law experts, so everyone could better assis

BIA Precedent Setting Decision

One of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project attorneys has made significant inroads to enhance the rights of immigrants with mental disabilities.  Representing a Jamaican immigrant with serious mental disabilities, the efforts of Janet Beck and her students at the University of Houston Law Center contributed to the Board Precedent decision, Matter of M-A-M.  Thanks to Janet Beck and CLINIC, Immigration judges may no longer turn a blind eye to the issue of whether th

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