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Affiliate Newsletter (November 2018)

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Updates from the Network


Full Accreditation 

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


Partial Accreditation

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


New Affiliates

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.



Two days left to apply for the 2019 the Lily Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the Lily Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship are due THIS Friday, Nov. 28! Apply today to have your 2019 Convening registration taken care of.


Less than two week to submit comments on the proposed public charge rule!

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 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.


Fact Sheet for Proposed Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children

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.


Let’s celebrate the holidays and support migrants.

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 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.


Updates from the Center for Immigrant Integration (November 2018)

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!


Center Updates

FaithAction International House keeps their traditions strong for their annual Multicultural Thanksgiving

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.


Innovative Practices and Strategies for Successful Naturalization Workshops

Join CLINIC Project Coordinator Ben Brokaw as he discusses ideas and strategies to strengthen naturalization workshops!


Immigrant Integration Training Calendar

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

Harnessing Volunteer Energy to Support and Welcome Refugees in Your Community

Welcoming America provides five tips on how to successfully engage, support and manage volunteers to help welcome refugees into the community.  


Tackling the Hidden Crisis, Immigrant Anxiety and Trauma

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!


Integration News

For highly skilled refugees, an opportunity to translate language skills into work

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.

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:30pm

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:30pm