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Refugee resettlement in the NW corner of the U.S.: “An honor and a privilege”

Posted By | Connor Skaggs

This post originally appeared on USCCB’s Faces of Migration blog.

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John Herrera gives legal advice

Catholic Charities, Portland City Council, others among those providing legal services to local immigrants

Using property tax collections, the Portland City Council approved $500,000 last year to provide legal aid to local immigrants. With lawyers from Catholic Charities, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Immigration Counseling Service, Innovation Law Lab, and Metropolitan Public Defender, more than 341 people were provided lawyers to represent them in deportation hearings, and 105 (including 23…

Migration Services Featured in "'A blanket of fear’: How deportations affect children"

A recent article in the Catholic Sentinel discusses the destructive effects of deportations and detentions on children and families. The Catholic Sentinel’s Katie Scott spoke to Pope Francis Center Director Vanessa Briseño, Intercultural Counseling Center Manager Lucrecia Suarez, Immigration Legal Services Director John Herrera, and retired immigration judge Michael Bennett. Read the article on their…

Resources for Those at Risk of Detention or Removal

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has developed two resources that may be useful in the event of a detention or removal attempt: “Know Your Rights” cards in several languages and the rapid response toolkit. If you need further assistance, please contact our Immigration Legal Defense team at (503) 542-2855 or by emailing immigrationemail@ccoregon.org.
Catholic Charities agency staff welcomes refugees at Portland International Airport

Refugee Resettlement Services Featured in "Oregon may help offset federal cuts to refugee support"

The Catholic Sentinel’s Katie Scott reports on the importance of HB2508 for Catholic Charities and other resettlement agencies as well as for the refugee community in Oregon. Read the full article at the Catholic Sentinel.
Dr. Baher Butti

The Immigrant Story - Dr. Baher Butti

Catholic Charities of Oregon employee Dr. Baher Butti’s bloodline of activism runs strong.