2017 • 5 months • Migration
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) operates a network of 250 charitable legal immigration programs across the United States, assisting thousands of immigrants each year. CLINIC coordinates a group of three dozen immigrant serving organizations that advocate for the preservation of the federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, which enables immigrants without lawful status to remain in the United States if a natural disaster or protracted conflict in their home country has made return unsafe. The TPS program is under review by the executive branch, with the possibility that current TPS designations will be terminated. With this award, CLINIC convenes the working group to develop advocacy and public education strategies calling for the continuation of the program.
2015 • 1 year 2 months • Migration
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) operates a network of250 charitable legal immigration programs across the United States, assisting thousands of immigrants each year. This grant to CLINIC supports the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI), a coalition of 20 organizations facilitating implementation of the legalization program recently established by President Obama. The program, which offers a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work lawfully to up to 5.2 million undocumented immigrants, adds a significant workload to already overstretched social and legal service providers. CIRI leverages the efforts of providers by producing timely and accurate information about the legalization program (including screening forms, community education materials, legal practice advisories, and training materials) and disseminating them nationwide. Providers operate more efficiently relying upon CIRI's expertise, obtain training and advice on complex legal issues, and avoid duplication of effort.
2014 • 1 year • Migration
This grant will support the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) in coordinating immigrant service organizations to strengthen a national, non-governmental infrastructure to implement a future immigration law. The planning will focus on the potential for legalization of the nation’s 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants. CLINIC will convene a steering committee and several issue-focused working groups to address the core elements necessary to successfully implement new policies. The working groups address human resources, communications, regional collaboration, technology, and training and technical assistance.
2012 • 1 year • Migration
This grant to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) will support a coordinated effort to address the rising number of unaccompanied immigrant children who seek legal protection in the United States each year. CLINIC, in coordination with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings School of Law, will expand training programs for pro bono attorneys, provide technical assistance in individual cases, and track cases nationwide. This joint effort will identify trends and inform policy makers seeking to improve the protection regime for unaccompanied immigrant children in the United States.