This project of the Justice and Peace Committee assists undocumented young people in applying for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals“, an executive order of President of the United States implemented by the Department of Homeland Security. If young persons qualify, they are granted a work permit and a social security number, allowing them to work while studying, unafraid of deportation and separation from their families.
An immigration attorney graciously offers her time pro bono to this project, and the volunteers work under her supervision. Dreamers in Action, a local community organizing project also works with the volunteers. The lawyers and the volunteers are available to applicants every Friday afternoon from 1pm until 5pm. For more information or to volunteer, please call or e-mail:
Catherine Willmott, 982-1602,
Lynn Lee at 983-8345,
Update – June 2016
After 2.5 years with the assistance of 20 volunteers and our fearless leader, attorney Allegra Love, our little legal clinic is going strong and still continues to set a high standard for how free community centered legal work is done in Santa Fe and all across NM.
To date we have filed over 750 applications out of the clinic. This service to immigrant families of New Mexico and has had an incredible impact on our community. The clients are extraordinarily grateful to have a place where they can come that is safe and welcoming and where they can find top of the line legal assistance.
Looking forward, we are still waiting to find out if US v. Texas will come out in favor of President Obama and DAPA and if thousands of new Santa Feans will qualify for Deferred Action. If that is the case then we will need to be ready to share our successes with other groups so that they can replicate what we’ve done.