Updates from the Network
Carrie Carranza of Church World Service in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Jose Bernal of Faith Action International House in Greensboro, NC
Kate Berson of Casa San Jose in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sister Elizabeth Garci of En Camino Migrant and Immigrant Outreach in Toledo, Ohio
Casa San Jose in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Center for Refugee Services in San Antonio, Texas
Family Separation Resources
The administration’s recent policy of separating children from their parents at the border has a wide range of repercussions. Meanwhile, due to deportations and enforcement actions, family separations also occur on a regular basis across the country, far away from the border. Bookmark cliniclegal.org/family-separation and check back often to get a variety of resources, including suggestions for how people can help and facts about the situation.
Immigration Court Advocates Wanted!
CLINIC seeks immigration court advocates willing to represent asylum-seeking families separated by the U.S. government since April 2018. These now reunited and released families will need representation on asylum, withholding and Convention against Torture claims before the immigration judge.
For affiliates that participate and take a case, CLINIC will provide mentorship and case development assistance. That assistance includes brief writing assistance, court-skills training, and, depending on the date of the individual hearing, co-counseling at that hearing from a CLINIC attorney with removal defense expertise. If you are interested, please complete this questionnaire.
CLINIC also welcomes non-affiliate nonprofit organizations to participate, but while we can match you with a case and provide resources, we cannot provide additional mentorship or the same level of assistance as our affiliate network. If your non-profit is interested in representing a reunited family, please complete this questionnaire.
Key resources to look at today:
- 10 things to know about family separation
- Timeline: Family separations under the “zero-tolerance” policy
- Talking points, messaging and framing: Family separation and detentio
CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration learns about a unique language learning program in Jackson, Mississippi. A new resource by FaithAction is looking to fund new community I.D. programs. Lastly, don’t forget to take a look at the new Immigrant Integration training calendar for new events.
This Catholic Charities program promotes immigrant integration by bringing students together to learn about different cultures while they practice their second language.
We update our new learning calendar as soon as new events are announced. Bookmark it and check back periodically to find a wide variety of integration-focused events being hosted around the nation.
Coming up in August: Immigrants Today and their Contributions & Taking Back the Immigration Narrative, hosted by The Immigrant learning Center in Clearwater, Florida, Sept. 26-27. It is a part of their ongoing series of webinars, in-person conferences and events on immigration-related topics.
Outside Events, Webinars, and Resources
FaithAction International House, a 2017 CLINIC affiliate highlight, established its Community ID program more than five years ago. The program provides reliable forms of identification for newcomers and others while creating a safe and united community. FaithAction is calling on eager agencies that wish to start up their own I.D. programs to learn more about their mentoring program. Contact FaithAction directly to find out about available funding to support the development of community IDs.
There are many factors used to measure how well immigrants and receiving communities embrace one another. Routinely, researchers use metrics like spatial segregation to determine how integrated or secluded immigrants may be from the receiving community. Recently, researchers have turned to social media, such as Twitter, to measure and evaluate the spatial segregation of languages. Between 2010 and 2015, researchers reviewed more than 350 tweets to in more than 50 cities and found that London was the most diverse community. Read more to see which cities were the runner-ups!