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Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students

DHS announces preservation of DACA program

On June 15, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security announced that the DACA program, Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals, will remain in effect. This means that DACA recipients will continue to be eligible for initial and renewed employment authorization documents (EADS) valid for two-year periods. Department of Homeland Security also announced that it has issued a memorandum rescinding DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. This program was proposed by the Obama administration but was never implemented because of ongoing litigation.

The DHS announcement and corresponding FAQs can be found on the DHS website.

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/06/15/rescission-memorandum-providing-deferred-action-parents-americans-and-lawful
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/06/15/frequently-asked-questions-rescission-memorandum-providing-deferred-action-parents

Advocacy and Support

OVIS offers general support for undocumented students at Dartmouth, including DACA students and CoFIRED.  DACA students may contact OVIS by email, phone, or schedule an individual appointment.  OVIS provides referrals to outside counsel for students interested in an individual consultations to review possible options for immigration benefits, including DACA and DACA renewals. OVIS also serves as the primary point of contact for departments and professional schools with questions related to undocumented students.

Legal Resources

Curran & Berger, LLP
OVIS has engaged the services of Curran & Berger LLP in Northampton, MA to provide support and assistance to undocumented students on campus, including:

  • Workshops/information sessions on DACA and DACA renewals
  • Representation of individual students and their families (discounted attorney fees)

Dan Berger and Megan Kludt
Curran & Berger LLP
(413) 584-3232
http://www.curranberger.com/
http://www.curranberger.com/dreamact/

Catholic Charities New Hampshire Immigration and Refugee Services
Catholic Charities helped to establish the UNH Law Immigration Clinic and supervises the Clinic’s work.  Catholic Charities in conjunction with the Clinic provides support and guidance to individuals who cannot afford private assistance.
https://www.cc-nh.org/immigrationrefugee 
Ph (603) 889-9431

Vermont Law School South Royalton Legal Clinic (SLRC)
The SLRC offers pro bono immigration services to individuals who are unable to afford counsel.
http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/south-royalton-legal-clinic 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
ACLU of NH, Gilles Bissonette, Legal Director,
Phone: 603-224-5591 ext. 103
gilles@aclu-nh.orgwww.aclu-nh.org

ACLU of VT, Jay Diaz, Staff Attorney
Phone: 802-223-6304
jdiaz@acluvt.org

James Bach (a member of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association)
Law Offices of James A. Bach, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-248-3100
Pro bono representation in DACA cases, subject to availability

DREAM Act and DACA information and resources available on the web

Resource for free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers across the U.S.  

ImmigrationLawHelp.org

Know Your Rights

Helpful resources for understanding your rights when encountering federal immigration agents or law enforcement

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights
http://www.aila.org/advo-media/tools/psas/know-your-rights-handouts-if-ice-visits

Outreach to Dartmouth departments and offices on DACA

OVIS hosts annual information sessions for senior administrators across Dartmouth to ensure awareness and understanding of the issues faced by undocumented students.  Through these meetings OVIS has created a network of individuals on campus who can be of assistance to students in their respective areas.

Other Campus Resources

Community Resources

The Dean of the College website includes a listing of community resources available to assist students in need of resources and support.

Last Updated: 6/16/17