Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Enhancing and expanding delivery of legal services to indigent and low income immigrants

aka CLINIC   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  http://www.cliniclegal.org

Mission

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ms. Anna M. Gallagher

Main address

8757 Georgia Ave Suite 850

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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EIN

52-1584951

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Roman Catholic (X22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to develop and implement a system for the direct delivery of immigration and nationality legal services for indigent and low income population.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy

At the federal, state and local levels, CLINIC’s Advocacy Program staff develop and lead strategies to create law, policy and systems that ensure the rights and dignity of immigrants. Examples include advocating for the broad use of Temporary Protected Status to safeguard immigrants in the United States, working to create a system that facilitates access to naturalization for all and combatting enforcement
at the state and local levels that hurts our communities and country as a whole.

CLINIC’s advocacy work is pulled from and built upon the expertise of in-house staff, its network of more than 400 nonprofit immigrant legal services providers – who are serving hundreds of thousands of immigrants on any given day – and advocacy partners. Every aspect of CLINIC’s advocacy work is guided by Catholic social teaching. CLINIC knows that lasting and transformative change can only be built by following the lead of impacted communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CLINIC is the largest nonprofit immigration legal services organization in the country with a dedicated nationwide network of more than 400 Catholic and community-based immigration law providers serving more than 400,000 immigrants a year. The Capacity Building section helps this growing network serve at their highest level and access CLINIC’s wide array of in-house resources.

Capacity Building’s services are many, and all have the goal of reducing immigration legal service gaps that exist across the United States. Through trainings, consultations, site visits, and online resources Capacity Building guides the network affiliates to:

• Start immigration legal programs, often where few or no services exist;
• Expand services to more clients through best practices and innovation;
• Further professionalize their delivery of services;
• Use more volunteers, attorneys and non-attorneys authorized to practice;
• Prepare for significant changes in immigration law, policy and migration flows.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Bringing a religious worker to the United States requires navigating a complex and ever-changing legal landscape. CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Services section, or RIS, can step in to provide religious organizations and dioceses highly specialized legal guidance and assistance to successfully
complete these immigration cases. RIS’s leadership in the field and representation of clients is based in the Catholic social teaching of welcoming the stranger and respecting the dignity of every person. In 2020, RIS filed more than 700 immigration applications on behalf of international religious workers.

RIS is one of the few groups in the United States that specializes in religious worker immigration law, and RIS’s practitioners work only on religious worker immigration. RIS assists international religious workers with visa applications, changes in immigration status, travel documents, work authorizations, lawful permanent residence and citizenship.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Training and Legal Support is at the core of CLINIC’s mission of protecting the legal rights of immigrants. Training and Legal Support staff conduct training and provide resources that enhance the ability of CLINIC’s national network to provide high-quality legal immigration services. In 2020, nearly 15,000 network staff participated in a CLINIC training or webinar.

In addition to in-person training, CLINIC provides learning experiences in a variety of other settings and formats, such as e-learning courses and webinars to maximize the number of people trained. Training and Legal Support began web-based training capacity in 2011 to reach more legal representatives, and this is how most of CLINIC’s legal training is now offered. This capacity has served CLINIC’s network well during
covid-19 restrictions.

Its success in delivering legal support to this expanding network has made CLINIC widely recognized as the most productive legal support group in the field.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CLINIC launched the Defending Vulnerable Populations program, or DVP, in response to the 2016 election and growing anti-immigrant policy measures aimed at creating intentional hardship and disruption to the lives of immigrants. These measures included:

• Targeting millions of immigrants for deportation by ending or limiting avenues to a legal status
• Separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the border
• Imposing a ban on people from certain majority-Muslim countries
• Forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while they apply for protection
• Eroding due process in immigration court proceedings

CLINIC deeply understands the need to create highly specialized litigation support for its nationwide network of more than 400 affiliates and to increase capacity through innovative remote models. DVP’s litigation support is crucial because a significant percentage of CLINIC’s affiliates provide removal defense and assist thousands of individuals in hearings.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Awards

Centennial Medal Award 2012

Catholic Charities USA

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2013

United Way Member Agency 2013

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The size of CLINIC's board has varied over the years; donations made by board members showed an 83% participation in 2020.

Number of convenings hosted by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Training and Legal Support

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Convening is CLINIC’s annual conference that brings together 400+ legal practitioners, advocates and nonprofit leaders from all over the country to network, learn and gain insight on immigration law.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is affected by the work we do, the training we provide, and the impact on the communities we serve. In 2018, the public responded to the needs of refugees, and asylum seekers.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of press releases developed and distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Build and expand the capacity of CLINIC's network and other nonprofits to serve low-income immigrants by promoting quality charitable immigration legal services.
Goal 2: Lead the nation in addressing disparities between needs and resources of affordable legal immigration services.
Goal 3: Continue CLINIC's excellent administrative advocacy, drawing from the experience of our network to shape priorities.
Goal 4: Respond to the growing needs of religious groups to help foreign-born religious workers minister to communities in the United States.

Strategy 1: Identify service gaps nationally and strengthen direct legal immigration service providers with CLINIC's services.
Strategy 2: Assist affiliates to understand the importance of and implement core standards and best practices in a uniform way across the network.
Strategy 3: Make training accessible to the network through innovative techniques involving cost-efficient means.
Strategy 4: Disseminate effective, updated information through CLINIC's website or other appropriate means.
Strategy 5: Maintain strong relationships with federal offices, the Administration, and national and local advocacy groups.
Strategy 6: Identify national trends and specific cases that necessitate administrative advocacy.
Strategy 7: Provide legal services, consultation, educational outreach and advocacy on religious workers to arch/dioceses and religious communities.
Strategy 8: Regularly assess the needs of the network and the impact of CLINIC's programs through evaluations of substantive legal immigration and program management trainings, annual calls with affiliates, the annual network survey, individual project outcomes, website analysis, etc.

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) maintains a strong infrastructure to support progress toward the organization's long-term goals. Dedicated, expert staff promotes quality and efficiency in service delivery through multiple capacity building efforts. Annual calls, Attorney-of-the-Day Hotline, site visits, and technical assistance are benefits of membership with CLINIC's network that help immigration programs grow to accommodate higher numbers of newcomers with better quality services.
Furthermore, CLINIC has provided over $21 million to affiliates as a part of its grant funding activities in its thirty-two year history. The organization remains committed to providing funds, technical assistance, and substantive legal training to strengthen the network and its services.
Affiliates and non-affiliated grassroots community organizations benefit from a vast menu of trainings. Trainings vary by topic, skill level, format, and duration to fit every learner. CLINIC-produced resources, including training manuals, toolkits, a monthly newsletter, broadcast e-mails, etc., provide valuable information pertaining to low-income immigrants. CLINIClegal.org, the organization's website, houses a variety of tools for current and potential Religious Immigration Services clients, Catholic Archdioceses, Dioceses, and Religious Communities seeking to navigate the complexities of immigration law.
CLINIC draws from the experiences of its network to inform its advocacy efforts, bringing the important perspective of direct legal service providers. CLINIC is a partner with national and local agencies on multiple immigration-related projects. Some of the national partners include: ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Detention Watch Network, Immigration Advocates Network, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the National Immigration Law Center.
Another faculty of CLINIC's advocacy work, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project is the only appellate pro bono project in the country with a ten-year history of successfully placing unrepresented immigrants with pro bono representation before the BIA. CLINIC has partnered with 30 law school clinics and has accumulated more than 450 attorneys on its volunteer list since the inception of the BIA Pro Bono Project.
Concerning CLINIC's Religious Immigration Services, CLINIC assists 170 archdioceses, dioceses, and religious institutes to bring foreign-born religious workers to the U.S. for education, formation, or ministry. CLINIC offers a variety of legal and educational services to support the growing legal immigration needs of the Catholic Church.
To pursue Strategy 8, CLINIC analyzes trends within the network through a survey of CLINIC affiliate organizations, conducted by the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

For over 30 years, CLINIC responds robustly to recent and current changes in the world of immigration law and policy. Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, CLINIC prepares its members to meet growing demands for legal screening, protection from deportation, adjustments of status and naturalization as U.S. citizens.

Established as a legally distinct 501 (c)(3) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) the
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), advocates for humane and just immigration policy. Its field-based network of grassroots nonprofit immigration programs (380 affiliates in 47 states and the District of Columbia) is the largest in the nation. CLINIC provides affiliates and non-affiliates substantive legal and program management training and resources, as well as advocacy support at the state, local and national levels. CLINIC's affiliates serve a quarter of a million immigrants annually and represent one-third of the nation's Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognized agencies and almost half of the nation's BIA accredited representatives. Cases through CLINIC's BIA Pro Bono Project have set nationwide precedents, particularly in protecting immigrants with mental competency issues (Matter of M-A-M-, 25 I&N Dec. 474 (BIA 2011); Matter of E-S-I-, 26 I&N Dec. 136 (BIA 2013)). CLINIC has provided over $21 million in flow-through funds to affiliates to serve those in need in their communities. CLINIC assists over 170 arch/dioceses and religious institutes by bringing international religious workers to the United States in service to the Catholic Church for education, formation, and ministry.

With progress made toward the realization of CLINIC's long-term goals, opportunities for enhanced achievement remain. One such area of focus is the continuous design and implementation of evaluation practices. Garnering the highest possible response rate on the annual survey of CLINIC affiliates, currently at 86%, will ensure that the highest quality usable data is collected. CLINIC is committed to accurately reflecting the impact of its programs and services as the organization responds to the ever-changing needs of its network.
Furthermore, opportunities to achieve CLINIC's long-term goals include capacity building in geographic areas where the need exceeds the resources available or in agencies where improvement is needed. Proactive relationship building with advocates at all levels is a chance to document and share best practices for program design and management with a wider audience.

Financials

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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Most Rev. Jaime Soto

Bishop of Sacramento

Term: 2020 -

Vincent Pitta

Pitta & Giblin, LLP

Sr. Sally Duffy, SC

Child Poverty Collaborative

William Canny

Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Most Rev. Thomas Wenski

Archdiocese of Miami

Marguerite Harmon

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona

D. Taylor

UNITE HERE

Most Rev. Mark Seitz

Diocese of El Paso

Most Rev. Mario Dorsonville

Archdiocese of Washington

Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo

Diocese of Seattle

Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas

Diocese of Tucson

Francis Mulcahy

Georgia Catholic Conference

Rev. Msgr. Brian Bransfield

United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

Most Rev. Gregory Hartmayer

Diocese of Savannah

Most Rev. Thomas Rodi

Archdiocese of Mobile

Most Rev. Roy Campbell

Archdiocese of Washington

Rev. Michael Fuller

United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

Sr. Patricia Chappell

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Mark Palmer

Catholic Relief Services (Retired)

Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio

Diocese of Brooklyn

Most Rev. George Thomas, Ph.D.

Diocese of Las Vegas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/12/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/21/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.