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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.


We promote the dignity and protect the rights of immigrants (including TPS, DED and DACA) in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. Attorneys represent detainees/asylum seekers.

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Success Story

Johny Figueroa's mother left him when he was a small child. She moved from Honduras to Los Angeles, where she died giving birth to Johny's sister. He never knew his father. Growing up in abject poverty which deepened as he turned 16, Johny set out for Los Angeles to find his sister, visit his mother's grave, and obtain an education. After a harrowing two-month journey, riding freight trains and sleeping under bushes, and being robbed and beaten up by gang members, Johny finally reached the U.S. border. He was promptly arrested and turned over to immigration authorities, who locked him up in a correctional facility for juvenile delinquents. Johny spent two months in detention, often shackled, frightened and vulnerable to abuse by prison inmates, while CLINIC attorneys worked to free him and reunite him with his family. Johny's story has a happy ending, thanks to a CLINIC detention attorney--his status was adjusted and he is now with his family, going to school and looking forward to becoming a citizen. Many other young boys and girls, victims of extreme poverty, abuse, gang violence and war, languish in juvenile detention centers. CLINIC is often the only organization that can help provide lawyers to represent these children in complex immigration proceedings.