CLIA Welcomes New Staff Attorney with UPLIFT Grant!, October 2018
We are excited to announce that part of our office growth involves a new hire! A lifelong Lincoln resident, Ms. Meghan Sonenberg received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010 and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2013. She is an attorney registered with the Nebraska State Bar and previously, worked in mass tort litigation and agriculture law. Sonenberg joined CLIA as part of the new UPLIFT project to assist people with targeted legal problems in the areas of housing, income/benefits, and debt problems.
Ramping Up for 4th Naturalization Clinic, September 2018
On August 24, CLIA completed our third Naturalization Clinic for this year and on September 7, we will hold our fourth! Interest in these clinics is high and has continued to grow as we reach the end of the first fiscal year of the 2017 USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant. We have been able to serve between eight and ten Legal Permanent Residents over a period of about five hours at each clinic. If you are interested in participating in future clinics or to make a separate appointment, please call (402) 471-1777. If we are unable to answer, please provide us with your full name, your phone number and that you are calling for an N-400 appointment.
Zoo Bar FUNdraiser a Success! August 2018
In light of the devastating raids on Wednesday, CLIA staff is especially grateful for the financial support we received on behalf of the immigrants and refugees we serve each day. On Sunday, many of you came to the Zoo Bar to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person regardless of immigration status.
CLIA would like to thank The Zoo Bar for allowing us to use their space and Geoff Goodwin for sharing the CLIA story with potential donors and attendees and for hosting; Troy and Lisa Stentz for organizing the silent auction bid sheets and collecting donations; Josh Snowden for being our MC; the Pat Clinch Peace Project for donations and the beautiful fruit and vegetable trays; our guest speaker, a DACA recipient; all the individual donors; Judy Bruck of The Studio for lending us her space to make the silent auction "tokens", donating and letting us borrow her tables; Joseph Huckleberry for registering participants in the silent auction; more than 60 attendees; those of you who shared the event on Facebook and/or gave through the website; everyone who has come to pick up their items at the office; Crescent Moon Cafe, Hacienda Real, DISH, Ivanna Cone, Le Quartier Bakery and Cafe, Mindful Message and Wellness, Happy Raven, Sultan's Kite, Lied Center, Copal Progressive Mexican Cuisine, Meier's Cork & Bottle, Tsuru, Honest Abe's, Gomez Art Supply, Licorice International, Buzzard Billy's, Famous Dave's, The Cookie Company, Iron Brush Tattoos, Amu Manu Ramen Bar, The Mary Riepma Ross, Bluestem Books, O'Rourke's Tavern, Shadlee Meinke Photography, The Amazing Pizza Machine, Jeanne Baer Photos, Urban Prairie Pollinators, Neal Mersman Photography, Tangerine Hair Artist Salon, Legacy Retirement Communities, Jon and Jackie, Accent Hair Studio, Anita Ducey Embroidery, Bella Skin Care and Massage, Ten Thousand Villages, Francie and Finch Bookshop, Zipline Brewing Co, Nelda Boswell, Goldenrod Pastries, A Novel Idea Bookstore, La Paz Mexican Fare and Cuisine, Junto Winery, Imperial Palace, and more!
On behalf of the Dreamers, refugees, asylum-seekers, immigrant survivors of domestic violence and many more clients, CLIA thanks each and every one of the generous givers who support us.
2018 Breakthrough Initiative Grant: UPLIFT, July 2018
We are proud to be recipients of the Woods Charitable Fund, Inc. 2018 Breakthrough Initiative grant along with Legal Aid of Nebraska. We look forward to working on the UPLIFT program, "which will offer community-based legal services at four Lincoln cultural centers: Asian Community and Cultural Center, El Centro de las Americas, Good Neighbor Community Center and the Malone Community Center." For more information on our partnerships and the program, please see the press release below. On behalf of those most in need of these services, we thank the Woods Charitable Fund for their generous support.
English/Civics Classes at ACCC and ECDLA, July 10, 2018
Registration is now closed for the July session of the English/Civics classes at The Asian Community and Cultural Center (ACCC) and El Centro de las Americas (ECDLA) through the USCIS Naturalization and Assimilation Grant! However, if you or someone you know is eligible to apply for citizenship, pass this information along. Orientation/ESL Testing for the classes will be held at ACCC (contact: Katie Hile at 402 477-3446) and ECDLA (contact: Kelly Ross at 402 474-3950).
Orientations took place at ECDLA on Sunday, July 8th from 3-5 pm and at ACCC on Monday, July 9th from 7-9 pm. Please check back for orientations for the next quarter.
Give to Lincoln Day! June 1, 2018
Thank you for making Give to Lincoln Day 2018 an enormous success! Our midnight total was $10,206, surpassing our 10K goal. We are so grateful for each of the 87 individual gifts in support of affordable legal immigration assistance you gave yesterday. We are overwhelmed by all the ways you helped us meet our goal whether by giving through the Give to Lincoln Day website or by sharing through social media or by talking with your friends and family about the work we do.
From survivors of domestic violence empowered to take legal action against their abusers and students who will be able to graduate from college because of their DACA renewal and asylum-seekers fleeing persecution in their country of origin, thank you for your partnership.
First Plymouth Free-Will Offering, May 2018
We were so honored to have been chosen as the recipient for the free-will offering during the Lincoln Festival of Music event on April 29th. On behalf of our over 600 current clients, we would like to thank each and every one of those who gave during this amazing event.
Iowa-Nebraska AILA Chapter Grant, April 2018
We are pleased to announce that we have been selected to receive a grant in recognition of our "dedication to the local immigrant population and for providing low-cost legal immigration services to the community." CLIA is honored to receive this award, knowing that this allows us to better serve our clients.
Cooper Foundation Award, March 2018
CLIA, on behalf of our clients, greatly appreciates the opportunity to thank the Cooper Foundation for funding which allows us to continue providing legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in the area. Please see the original announcement here and the full list of awardees here.
Sign Up Now for English/Civics Classes at ACCC and ECDLA, March 15, 2018
Registration is still open for the March English/Civics classes at The Asian Community and Cultural Center (ACCC) and El Centro de las Americas (ECDLA) through the USCIS Naturalization and Assimilation Grant! If you or someone you know is eligible to apply for citizenship, pass this information along. Orientation/ESL Testing for the classes will be held at ACCC (contact: Katie Hile at 402 477-3446) and ECDLA (contact: Kelly Ross at 402 474-3950).
Orientation at ECDLA:
- March 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
- March 13, 2018 at 12 pm
Address: 210 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
Orientation at ACCC:
- March 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm
- March 14, 2018 at 9:30 am
Address: 144 N. 44th Street Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68503
Citizenship Information Session, Room 300, Lincoln High School
We are delighted to inform you that we will be holding a Citizenship Information Session at Lincoln High School on Monday, February 26th from 6-7pm. Representatives from CLIA, El Centro de las Americas and the Asian Community & Cultural Center of Lincoln, NE will share how they can serve eligible residents and/or green card holders. Please bring your green card to the event.
Estamos encantados de informarles que el lunes 26 de febrero a las 6 hasta las 7 de la noche, estaremos en Lincoln High School para presentar información acerca de nuestro programa para la ciudadanía. Representantes de CLIA, El Centro de las Américas y el Asian Community & Cultural Center compartirán cómo pueden servir a los residentes o la gente que tiene su tarjeta verde. Por favor, traiga su tarjeta verde al evento.
Lincoln High School
2229 J Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
Citizenship Information Table at Lincoln High School
Save the date! On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 4-7pm at Lincoln High School, CLIA will be distributing information and be providing intake services along with representatives from El Centro de las Americas and the Asian Community and Cultural Center, our collaborators on the 2017 USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant. We are thankful to Lincoln High School for allowing us to attend their Parent-Teacher Conferences in order to inform LHS students and families of this program. We hope to see you there!
Keno Human Services Prevention Fund Award, January 24, 2018:
CLIA is proud to announce that we have been chosen as recipients of the 2018 Keno Human Services Prevention Fund. This grant is designed to help fund programs to help prevent crisis situations through early intervention. Specifically, it will allow us to increase the number of domestic violence survivors that we serve.
DACA Renewal Update, January 13, 2018:
Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew DACA. However, new applications for DACA will not be accepted. If you need our assistance with filing the renewal forms, please call our office for an appointment.
DACA and TPS Update from Executive Director Max Graves, January 11, 2018:
For updates on DACA and the recent ruling please click here. You will be redirected to National Immigration Law Center which has more specific information.
Regarding TPS for El Salvador, we do anticipate that a 60-day period of re-registration will be announced soon. Please check back regularly as we will update the information as we receive it.
We are able to complete TPS renewals for Honduras. If you need our assistance, please call our office. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a detailed message with your name and phone number and why you are calling.
USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Announcement, October 2017:
We are proud to announce that we were awarded the 2017 USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant in collaboration with the Asian Community and Cultural Center (ACCC) and El Centro de Las Americas. This partnership with USCIS will allow us to waive our fee for filing the "citizenship" or N-400 application. Additionally, both ACCC and El Centro will provide English as a Second Language (ESL) and U.S. Civics courses to help prepare for the exam and interview portion of the citizenship process. Please call or email if you are interested and meet the requirements to apply for U.S. citizenship.
From Executive Director Max Graves, September 5, 2017:
The announcement regarding the phase-out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals raises many questions that cannot be immediately answered. Be assured that CLIA will be working to fully understand the ruling and its impact on our clients.
Today I want to emphasize the following points:
- If you currently have a work authorization through the DACA program, you will be able to keep that work authorization until the expiration date on your work card.
- If your work authorization expires on or before March 5, 2018, you may renew but the renewal application must be submitted to USCIS by October 5, 2017.
- As of today, no further DACA applications may be filed.
- It is our recommendation that current DACA beneficiaries do not travel outside the country even if they have a work card and have been granted a travel document.
For more information immediately, go to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website. At that link, there is a "Frequently Asked Questions" section and an overall view of the DACA decision.
Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.