WHO ARE CLINIC'S MEMBERS?
CLINIC’s member agencies meet their communities’ urgent needs on a grassroots level. They provide legal services to low-income newcomers without reference to their religion, race, ethnicity, gender or country of origin. Members are Catholic immigration legal service providers staffed by attorneys and/or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives. Many of the staff has backgrounds in law as attorneys or paralegals, in addition to church and community-based work such as pastors, deacons, social workers, and teachers. The majority of staff are not attorneys but authorized practitioners under the BIA. Many are immigrants themselves and some are former clients of CLINIC member agencies. These individuals provide the bulk of the direct, charitable legal services to communities across the country.
CLINIC trains and supports member staff so that they can provide effective, professional and sustainable services to immigrants in greatest need.
WHO CAN BE A CLINIC MEMBER?
CLINIC’s mission is to extend and improve the legal immigration work principally performed by the Catholic Church in the United States. CLINIC offers membership to Catholic immigration services agencies (not individuals) serving low-income and at-risk immigrants. Separately incorporated, non-profit organizations within the same Catholic diocese shall independently obtain, and not share, CLINIC membership.
Members receive access to the following services:
- Administrative advocacy support including submitting individual case inquiries to government agencies, including USCIS Service Centers and Headquarters, ICE, CBP and EOIR
- Special advocacy support to troubleshot on your behalf with governmental agencies on systemic processing problems, policies, and practices
- Assistance in documenting, submitting, and obtaining resolution of violations of ICE detention standards and ICE policies (especially regarding release or alternatives to detention) to/from the appropriate ICE authorities
- Assistance with media advocacy including support writing and placing op-eds, drafting press release, generating talking points and establishing contact with local media
- Detailed analyses of and strategies for combating anti-immigrant and supporting pro-integration measures proposed at the state and local level
Legal Training and Mentoring
- Access to a toll-free help line and e-mail address to consult with expert immigration attorneys who will train and mentor affiliates
- Access to a wide array of legal immigration toolkits, papers, training manuals, program management tools, and other resources to further enhance your practice and better serve your clients
- Free quarterly webinars with updates to immigration law practice
- Discount registration fees for in-person, webinar, and e-learning immigration law trainings
- Discount registration fees to CLINIC’s organization-wide training event, its Annual Convening
- Subscription to CLINIC’s monthly e-newsletter, Catholic Legal Immigration News
- Staff time expertise for an on-site immigration program assessment with a written follow-up report including observations, recommendations and resources
- Access to archived newsletters and legal practice updates through a secured web portal
Organizational Capacity Building
- New affiliate Program Review Call with a CLINIC Field Support Coordinator
- Consultation and technical assistance on starting an immigration legal program
- Free registration for program management webinars and free access to recorded program management webinars
- Technical assistance to become an authorized legal immigration service provider through BIA agency recognition and staff accreditation
- Dedicated Field Support Coordinator services for program management consultations
- Annual Program Review Call with a CLINIC Field Support Coordinator
- Opportunities to participate with CLINIC in national and regional collaborations with funding secured by CLINIC
- Access to CLINIC affiliate program and service data from the Annual Affiliate Survey
- pricing discounts, training and certification programs for CLINIC affiliates (members and subscribers) using EDGEtm , the leader in Immigrant Forms and Case Management Software
CLINIC affiliates play a critical role in providing immigrants with reputable and trustworthy immigration assistance, a mission that aligns well with LawLogix's pledge to only sell its software to immigration attorneys and accredited BIA representatives. LawLogix is the only immigration case management software company to partner with a nonprofit organization the size and caliber of CLINIC, a sign of the commitment between both organizations to bring value to their stakeholders and to the community. With pricing discounts, unique training opportunities and certification programs designed for CLINIC affiliates, the CLINIC-LawLogix exclusive agreement is definitely a win for everybody!
EDGEtm, a web-based system, allows users to streamline the consultation process, track and report any and all data entered, organize and manage the lifecycle of all its immigration cases - from initial consultation, completing questionnaires, preparing forms, filing, billing, tracking priority dates - and much more in a paperless and secure system. Users can also set notifications for deadlines and court dates and set advance reminders.
CLINIC affiliates can visit the dedicated page here for more information about starting with LawLogix's EDGEtm case management system and gaining the full advantage of the CLINIC-LawLogix exclusive agreement.
Find more on the LawLogix immigration Partner Program, here.
For more information from CLINIC, contact Jeff Chenoweth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO BECOME A CLINIC MEMBER
- Request a Membership Registration and Renewal Form from CLINIC (Contact Jeff Chenoweth at email@example.com)
- Read and affirm CLINIC’s Core Standards for Charitable Immigration Programs
- Read and affirm CLINIC's Membership Agreement and submit the Membership Registration and Renewal Form
- Submit membership dues in full per the amount indicated in the Membership Registration and Renewal Form
Dues are based on the size of the immigration program's budget. The fees for 2014 are:
$600 for programs with a budget of $50,000 or less
$800 for programs with a budget of $50,001 to $150,000
$1,000 for programs with a budget of $150,001 and up
Prospective and renewing member agencies will be invoiced at the beginning of the year when the Membership Registration and Renewal Form is sent. Membership dues must be paid by the deadline indicated in the invoice in order for the member to remain in good standing. CLINIC will send up to two payment reminders.
CLINIC does not provide a payment plan or sliding scale. CLINIC member dues are $1,500 for 2014. Members pay a reduced fee of half the annual amount above if the application is approved between July through December. All renewals are invoiced at full, annual amount. Membership dues are invoiced at the beginning of the year when the annual renewal process begins.