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Catholic Legal Immigrant Network, Inc. – NITA Public Service Program

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Back in 2017, NITA teamed up with the Catholic Legal Immigrant Network, Inc. (CLINIC) for two public service programs – one in Boulder, CO and one in Chicago, IL. This year, NITA and CLINIC have teamed up once again – this time for a program in Boulder, CO and in Baltimore, MD. The Boulder program took place July 1 – 3, with the Baltimore program just a few months away.

This trial skills public service program was led by NITA Program Director Michelle Mendez, who also served as program director for NITA’s first public immigration program, back in May. At the conclusion of the public service program, Mendez stated, “In an immigration legal system suddenly devoid of prosecutorial discretion due to the Trump Administration’s broad enforcement priorities, immigrant advocates must be ready to litigate in a manner that protects due process and preserves the record. Through this training, NITA and CLINIC prepared these immigration advocates for these goals.”

Many of the participants of the CLINIC/NITA program were thrilled with the new skills they learned and eager to use them in their practice. One participant stated, “I have an individual hearing on an asylum case scheduled for July 16, 2018. I will definitely be using these skills for my direct examination and especially for closing argument!”

Likewise, another participant stated, “It was a phenomenal training. Thank you so much! I feel more confident in applying trial skills to my immigration cases.”

The next CLINIC/NITA public service program will be held in Baltimore, November 26 – 28.

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