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CLINIC
 
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.,in US was established in 1988 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to support a rapidly growing network of community-based immigration programs. The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act had made it possible for 2.7 million people to obtain permanent resident status (along with new sanctions for employers who hired undocumented immigrants and increased border enforcement). Demand for low-cost immigration legal services skyrocketed. CLINIC’s creation enabled Catholic organizations to get the necessary training and institutional support to help meet that need. ˧

The legally distinct 501(c)(3) organization was initially comprised of a handful of diocese-based immigration legal services agencies. CLINIC has grown to more than 370 programs in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The network includes faith-based institutions, farmworker programs, domestic violence shelters, ethnic community-focused organizations, libraries and other entities that serve immigrants. Agencies in the network employ about 2,300 accredited representatives (link to DOJ accreditation page) and attorneys who, in turn, serve hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants each year. CLINIC and its affiliate agencies represent low-income immigrants without regard for their race, religion, gender, ethnic group or other distinguishing characteristics. ˧

https://cliniclegal.org


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