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 or Bianca Gras (Spanish) at

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.