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Affiliate Newsletter (October 2017)

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R&A Updates


Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Immokalee, FL, plus four additional office locations in Plant City, Dover, Mulberry and Ruskin

Thrive International Programs in Williamsport, PA


Partial Accreditation

Andiliana Romero of Latinos Progresando 

Claudia Rebeca Sosa Rojas of Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg

Fryda A. Arango Loza of Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg

Grace Dingler of Thrive International Programs

Gwendolyn Estrada-Ines of Latinos Progresando 

Jacqueline Cruz of Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Jody Lantz of Thrive International Programs

Laura Crystal Oreamuno of Latin American Coalition

Maria Teresa Hernandez of Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Maritza Solano-Rodriguez of Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte

Yaneli Ibarra of Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Partial Accreditation for OVW Grantees

Claudia Elena Fullerton of Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence


New Affiliates

Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, Michigan

Training Occupational Development Educating Communities (TODEC) Legal Center in Perris and Coachella, California


Immigration Law

Susan Schreiber

A recent decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals explored the reach of the exception to inadmissibility for victims of abuse who entered without inspection.

Reena Arya

Recently the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision in Matter of D-R-, where it analyzed two immigration inadmissibility grounds: assistance or otherwise participating in extrajudicial killings and fraud or misrepresentation of a material fact.

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued its latest decision on eligibility for waivers of crime-based inadmissibility pursuant to INA § 212(h) in Matter of Vella, on Oct. 13.

CLINIC in the News

Michelle Mendez, CLINIC senior attorney and managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, co-authored two national op-eds!

With Stephen Manning of the Innovation Law Lab, she addressed the administration’s criticism of immigration defense attorneys and the U.S. asylum system in an article for The Hill

The second article with Swapna Reddy of the Asylum Seeker Project at the Urban Justice Center explained in the Chicago Tribune how the administration is incorrect in their characterization of asylum seekers.

Great job bringing these issues to the forefront Michelle!

Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (October 2017)

This month, the Center for Immigrant Integration wants to help you see the value in evaluating your own practices for encouraging integration. Some of our partners have created some excellent tools to get your started. Also, Domestic Violence Month may be coming to an end, but it’s never too late to include these resources in outreach efforts.


Center Updates

New CLINIC Resources and Stories

Citizenship Navigator Profile: Terrina Wong, strengthening the lives of refugees and immigrants in American society

Terrina Wong is the deputy director of Social Services, Education and Training at the Pacific Gateway Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read more to learn how she went from teaching about cultures from around the world to helping newcomers navigate their new lives in the U.S.


Outside Events, Webinars and Resources:

America Needs All of Us: A toolkit for talking about bias, race, and change

As part of welcoming week last month, Welcoming America, created a communications toolkit for those working in the field of immigration and integration. In particular, the toolkit highlights messaging tools and strategies to address people’s fears, anxieties and prejudices toward immigrants.


Take the temperature on your organization’s outreach!

When was the last time your organization reevaluated the effectiveness of your outreach techniques. The assessment resources from Building the Field and a webinar from Welcoming America can do just that! Check them out to learn best practices from community engagement experts.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Regardless of one’s immigration status, or lack thereof, everyone is entitled to basic protection from abusive situations. The Office on Violence Against Women, or OVW works to reduce violence against women and strengthen services for victims by increasing the number of programs around the country providing direct services to survivors and their families. Learn more about the office at, and for non-emergency assistance and resources visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline at