The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) partnered with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and Erie Neighborhood House to provide law students with training focused specifically on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in mid-March. Introduced by the Obama administration in June 2012, DACA allows for certain undocumented people who came to the United States as children and who meet several guidelines to request consideration for deferred removal action.
Erie Neighborhood House’s citizenship and immigration attorney Viviana Mendez led the training session, covering background information on DACA and the application process. Law students who particpated in the training will volunteer to assist applicants at one of ICIRR’s monthly DACA workshops or at one of ICIRR’s community based organizations.
“The DACA training was quite informative. It is always gratifying to learn the law and then be able to apply it," said third-year student Zara Rashid. "I was fortunate to have previously attended a DACA workshop, and I hope that with this training I will be of more help to the applicants.”
The training offered students an opportunity to learn more about immigration law, while preparing them to serve the community. DePaul's Society for Asylum and Immigration Law and the Latino Law Students Association co-sponsored the training and also helped recruit students to volunteer.