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Accepting the Portland Immigration Statue Award

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Public Charge: What You Need to Know/Carga Pública: Lo Que Debe Saber

On October 3, Catholic Charities hosted a Facebook Live event in an attempt to clarify some of the misinformation going around about the recent public charge rule change. Kat Kelley (Director, Strategic Initiatives), John Herrera (Director, Immigration Legal Services), and Sarah Purce (Assistant Director, Immigration Legal Services) presented important information in English and Spanish: What…
John Herrera gives legal advice

Catholic Charities featured in "Amid immigration crackdown, undocumented domestic abuse victims fear reporting abuse, seeking assistance"

In her highly anticipated follow-up to “‘A blanket of fear’: How deportations affect children,” the Catholic Sentinel’s Katie Scott examines the relationship between undocumented immigrants and local police and why many survivors of domestic abuse don’t feel safe going to the police. Read the full article here or in the October 4 issue of the…
Press Release

Catholic Charities Commits to Delivering 110 New Units of Affordable Housing to Low-Income Oregonians

Catholic Charities of Oregon is excited to partner with Related Northwest on Cathedral Village, a new rental housing development that will serve working families and some of Portland’s most vulnerable residents. The development in North Portland’s St. John’s Neighborhood was announced at a September 17 event at Portland City Hall and will leverage private equity…
Hands gripped around a chain-link fence.

Our Crisis of Character

I spent a week touring and working in respite centers along the southern border. While we were there, our team tried to help arrivals work through the trauma they had experienced, hoping to alleviate their intense anxiety. In this report, I walk you through the challenges faced by asylum seekers coming to the U.S. and…
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What Is Public Charge? The State of Oregon Addresses Frequently Asked Questions on DHS Rule Change

Background: On August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it has finalized the new public charge rule. The new rule will take effect October 15, 2019; it is not retroactive. Changes include, but are not limited to, expanding the kinds of public benefits considered in the public charge test. Under the…
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Places to stay cool (interactive map) and resources for recognizing heat-related illness (multilingual)

With temperatures climbing into the high-90s this week, we want to share this interactive map to help you find cool places to stay and this multilingual flyer to help you recognize heat-related illnesses like heat stroke.
A Rohingya man accesses information about atrocities that occurred in his village

OPB Explores the Challenges Faced by Rohingya Genocide Survivors in Portland

“There are complications [for resettling Rohingya people in the U.S.],” says by Arya Surowidjojo at OPB. “Khin Niang Cing, Hussein’s resettlement case manager with Catholic Charities of Oregon, said Hussein managed to bring his children’s birth certificates but not his marriage certificate. “This missing document, compounded by the slashing of the refugee resettlement quota by…
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Oregon Community Foundation invests $500,000 in Catholic Charities of Oregon to support the Save First Small Loan Fund

Funds will support consumer and credit-building loans to help Oregon families overcome financial emergencies and build financial resiliency.
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…
Save First featured on Univision, 20 August 2019

Catholic Charities' Save First Financial featured on KUNP Univision Portland

Save First Financial featured on KUNP Univision Portland (Spanish). For the Save First segment, skip to around 6:00.
Dr. Alma Trinidad at Celebration of Hope 2019

Catholic Sentinel: "New chairwoman for Catholic Charities of Oregon advises humility and love when the agency is engaging the public."

Ed Langlois at the Catholic Sentinel introduces Alma Trinidad as Catholic Charities’ incoming chairwoman of the board. Here Dr. Trinidad emphasizes the need for humility and love when engaging Oregonians on topics like immigration, poverty, and racial diversity. Read the full article.