This summer, several attorneys in the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC had the opportunity to travel and meet with their clients. The funding for this special endeavor was provided by a grant from the Open Society Foundation. These trips provided the attorneys with the chance to meet with clients, provide information regarding religious worker immigration and the need for immigration reform, and also help to foster understanding of CLINIC’s mission.
Attorney Kate Kuznetsova
Ms. Kuznetsova visited the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas in August. Every year, the Oblate School of Theology runs a two -week acculturation program for their foreign-born priests and Ms. Kuznetsova was happy to be able to participate in this event. She presented an Introduction to Religious Immigration to a group of approximately ten foreign-born priests from various countries including Zambia, Philippines, India, and Tanzania. The priests are primarily serving in the Diocese of Salina, the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Diocese of Oklahoma, and the Archdiocese of Mobile.
Additionally, in June, Ms. Kuznetsova visited a long-time RIS client, the Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria in Houston, Texas. While there, Ms. Kuznetsova was able to meet with the clients to discuss case issues. The following day, she, along with RIS Attorney Minyoung Ohm, presented to a diverse group on Religious Immigration Law, F-1 Student Visas, and undocumented immigrants. The audience included current RIS Clients, people from local seminaries, as well as other religious communities in the area.
Attorney Megan Turngren
In June, Ms. Turngren had the opportunity to travel to New England for a presentation at the Pastoral Center for the Archdiocese of Boston. The presentation covered the basics of Religious Immigration Law, as well as important reminders for R-1 petitioners. The crowd of attendees included representatives from many different departments in the Archdiocese, as well as members of several local religious communities.
Jane Devlin, Special Assistant to Canonical Affairs in the Archdiocese, provided Ms. Turngren with a well-planned schedule and abundant hospitality while she was visiting the area. Thanks to Ms. Devlin’s efforts to coordinate with many different groups, Ms. Turngren was able to have separate meetings with many different departments in the Archdiocese to address individual concerns regarding the immigration process for foreign-born religious workers. Ms. Turngren appreciates the valuable time that each person took from their hectic schedule to attend the presentation and meet with her afterward.