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New Guidelines Adopted by LUM

Recently at the LUM board meeting, LUM’s policy concerning the release of client
information was amended to provide instruction to staff members and volunteers in the event they are presented with a subpoena for information or a warrant for the arrest of a LUM client by officers of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).   The action is in response to stepped-up activity by ICE agents nationwide at food pantries, homeless shelters, and other church sponsored human service programs.

The information gathered or received about a LUM client has always been held in the strictest confidence; but with the recent incidents reported as a result of the new US immigration protocol, it was necessary to include specific language relative to the release of information to the US Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency.

The policy has been amended to include the following:

Special instructions to staff and volunteers in the event that officers from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) request information about LUM clients:

  1. All staff are reminded to adhere to this client confidentiality policy as well as confidentiality guidelines outlined in the National Association of Social Worker Code of Ethics
  2. The Executive Director shall be informed immediately should an ICE agent present a subpoena for information or a warrant for arrest for any LUM client, volunteer or staff member
  3. Any court issued warrant for arrest or subpoena for information about any LUM client, volunteer or staff member shall be referred to the executive director for compliance
  4. Executive Director will consult with legal counsel before complying and report all such requests to LUM Board President

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CLINIC Reacts to Immigration Restrictions

The LUM Immigration Clinic is an affiliate member of CLINIC — the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

On January 27, 2017, CLINIC reacted to President Trump’s Executive Order which imposes a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries — and shared the impact it has had so far. The CLINIC statement is entitled “Refugee order closes door to vulnerable refugees.”

Here is an excerpt:

“At a time when war and persecution have driven more people to flee in search of safety than any other time in modern history, we need to protect refugees rather than reject them out of misplaced fear,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC. Among other effects, the order would halt the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, reduce by more than half the number of refugees resettled in 2017 to 50,000, suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and suspend immigration from several Muslim majority countries. “We call for the administration to protect refugees of all faiths and reject the idea of limiting resettlement of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We must continue our policy of protecting the most vulnerable refugees,” Atkinson said. “Operating out of fear does not serve the nation’s interests. In fact, refugee resettlement serves the nation’s security interests. In addition to intellect, ambition, and an ethic of hard work, refugees often bring language and cultural skills needed by our national security agencies.”

Read the entire statement, “Refugee order closes door to vulnerable refugees,” click HERE.

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