Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program announced by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012 to assist eligible undocumented youth with protection from deportation and securing a permit to work in the United States.

As part of a citywide network of immigration services providers, AAFE staff can help you understand your eligibility for DACA and refer interested young people to no-cost GED, High School Equivalency and ESOL programs, as well as confidential and no-cost legal services.  This program supports highly experienced lawyers who can provide legal advice to DACA applicants and assist families in preparing the DACA application.  For low-income families and independent youth who meet eligibility requirements, the program will also pay for 100% of the filing fee associated with a DACA application.

To learn more about this program and for help, contact Naomi Chu (Cantonese and Mandarin) at naomi_chu@aafe.org or Bianca Gras (Spanish) at bianca_gras@aafe.org.

This program is supported by the New York City Council and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development in conjunction with the New York Immigration Coalition.