Updates from the Network
Afshan Qureshi of Catholic Family Center in Rochester, New York
Nubia Torres of Catholic Charities Diocese of Dallas in Dallas, Texas
Sonia Robles of Catholic Charities Diocese of Dallas in Dallas, Texas
Arlene Rico of Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Carmelo Roman of Catholic Charities Northwest Florida in Pensacola, Florida
Jacob Griffin Durling of Church World Service in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Maria Claudio of Catholic Charities of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida
Sister Mary Jo Toll of En Camino Migrant and Immigrant Outreach in Toledo, Ohio
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Ohio
Affiliates in the News
Wisconsin affiliate gets Letter to the Editor printed
Janice Beers, an immigration services coordinator with Catholic Multicultural Center in Madison, Wisconsin, wrote a Letter to the Editor that was printed in the Wisconsin State Journal. Click here to read, “Welcome stranger into you heart – Janice Beers,” commentary on recent anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic actions around the country.
Applications for the Lily Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship are due THIS Friday, Nov. 28! Apply today to have your 2019 Convening registration taken care of.
Submitting petitions and voting are not the only ways to influence law and policy makers. Proposed rules by some federal agencies are required by law to undergo a period where agencies and individuals can share their opinions on them. Right now, we are in the comment period for a proposed rule on public charge. Changes to this rule would make it more difficult for immigrants and their families to get resources that they qualify for, including help with food and shelter. Use this toolkit and visit cliniclegal.org/public-charge to learn more about the issue and how you can submit comments in opposition of the proposed changes. We also developed some graphics you can share on social media with our interfaith partners. Click here to access this toolkit and graphic library.
Thousands are children are being held in federal immigration custody. Do you know someone who is interested in sponsoring a child? Share this fact sheet to educate your neighbors and partners on the risks of this process and where to find more resources.
In a couple of weeks, CLINIC will be hosting our annual Las Posadas Navideñas celebration. Commonly known as posadas, this is a Latin American tradition which recreates Mary and Joseph’s quest for shelter. It is an interactive pageant that gives its participants a chance to dress up, sing and feast in celebration of Jesus’ upcoming birth. Immigrants in search of refuge, much like the Holy Family, have continued the tradition in their new countries for generations. RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite.
If you are not be able to join us in Washington you can bring your community together with a posadas event of your own. Visit cliniclegal.org/posadas to find our guide, available in English and Spanish, on how to organize this celebration as a way to show solidarity with migrant in your neighborhood.
CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration highlights FaithAction’s annual Multicultural Thanksgiving, a celebration of different cultures and faiths, and their largest event of the year. Welcoming America and the Immigrant Learning Center provide quick tips on how to strengthen the relationships between receiving communities and newcomers. November is the last month to register for the 2018 NIIC!
For over a decade now, FaithAction has been hosting the Multicultural Thanksgiving. An event filled with singing, dancing, and delicious foods that represent different countries and cultures. This event is also a time for educating the community and promoting integration on the various ways we can serve, protect and love our neighbors.
Join CLINIC Project Coordinator Ben Brokaw as he discusses ideas and strategies to strengthen naturalization workshops!
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. Registration is now open for the 2018 National Immigrant Integration Conference, Register here.
Outside Events, Webinars, and Resources
Welcoming America provides five tips on how to successfully engage, support and manage volunteers to help welcome refugees into the community.
The Immigrant Learning Center invites professionals from various fields to discuss the trauma and anxiety that many newcomers may be experiencing. With an increase in deportations and limitations on legal immigration, the Learning Center provides insight on what your community can do to help!
Refugees make a lot of sacrifices as they make the journey to the United State for a better and safer life. After leaving behind family members, friends and often a career they love, refugees and newcomers typically face challenges finding employment that matches their skill set. One company is working to fill that gap. Sona Circle and Sona Translate is a networking app that connects refugees to employers in their area. With close to 2,000 users in New York, many refugees are having the opportunity to integrate and feel a part of their community.