Developing and Sustaining an Immigration Program

  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Catholic Legal Immigration Network
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Austin University Area
  • Source: Immigration Advocates Network > IAN Nonprofit Resource Center
  • Immigration

This two-day training provides a complete overview of how to start and sustain a nonprofit immigration legal services program. Attendees will receive a copy of CLINIC’s highly regarded Managing an Immigration Program: Steps for Creating & Increasing Legal Capacity manual and over 150 power point slides reflecting important lessons from the manual.  The manual and curriculum that offers detailed information and suggestions for applying for Board of Immigration Appeals agency recognition and staff accreditation, implementing effective case management systems, fundraising and scores of other pertinent topics related to managing an immigration program.

Participants will learn:

  • how to determine which client cases to accept,
  • how to set fees to obtain the best support for their program,
  • case intake and management strategies,
  • how to avoid unauthorized practice of law, and
  • strategies for working with funders.

The training is highly interactive. Participants will leave with a plan to create or improve immigration legal services. Past participants have used information from this training to build or expand their legal immigration capacity.  The training is suitable for program staff from a wide range of organizations, including established immigration programs, ethnic and immigrant organizations, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and service providers, unions, social services and medical providers, and educational programs (ESL and Citizenship). The training will be presented by CLINIC Field Support Coordinators Nathaly Perez and Leya Speasmaker.

Click here to register. The training is designed for community-based organizations offering charitable immigration legal services with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices. If you are not an affiliate and are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must scan and email a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to Leya Speasmaker at If you fail to submit your 501(c) (3) letter you can be unenrolled. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. This training is expected to fill up quickly.  Early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is October 11th, 2016 or sooner if registration is full. For registration information contact Leya Speasmaker at