In 1988, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) created CLINIC to meet the legal immigration needs of the NCCB/USCC, religious orders and communities, dioceses and Catholic Charities' organizations. CLINIC is a legally-distinct supporting organization. Its mission is identified in its Articles of Incorporation: "to develop and implement a system for direct delivery" of legal services to "indigent and low income" immigrants through diocesan immigration programs. CLINIC also advances the purposes of the NCCB and the Roman Catholic Church in the United States by meeting the legal immigration needs of religious orders and dioceses.
CLINIC seeks to enhance, extend and support the legal immigration work of the Catholic Church in the United States. Its activities fall into four categories. First, its primary focus is to provide a full range of legal and non-legal "support" services to Catholic Charities' and diocesan legal immigration programs. Its name captures its identity (Catholic), its work (legal immigration) and this aspect of its mission (to strengthen the "network" of Catholic agencies serving low-income immigrants). Diocesan programs, in turn, directly represent poor immigrants, with a focus on reunification of families and protection of those fleeing persecution or civil unrest. Second, CLINIC devotes significant resources to the administration of legal service projects that overwhelm local capacity or expertise, or otherwise require national coordination. Its "national" programs support local Catholic entities either directly or by serving particularly vulnerable populations that local programs alone cannot. Third, CLINIC itself manages diocesan programs, particularly start-up or troubled programs, but only for a limited period of time. However, ultimate responsibility f or management of local programs rests with the dioceses. Fourth, CLINIC meets legal immigration needs of archdioceses, dioceses, religious orders and congregations through various supporting activities and its own direct representation of the foreign-born religious. The principal of subsidiary guides its operational commitments: CLINIC provides only those services that other Catholic institutions cannot perform themselves.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
401 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017
202.635.2649 - FAX