External Resources on DACA and Immigration
Community Legal Advocates of NY
Community Legal Advocates of New York is a private, non-profit organization that is dedicated to closing the social justice gap by advancing the rights of low and moderate-income clients. Consistent with the vision of its founders, CLA provides free or low cost holistic civil legal and advocacy services to residents of Long Island and New York City.
Catholic Charities’ Immigrant and Refugee Services work is rooted in the mission to uphold the dignity of every immigrant and refugee and to build a just and compassionate society. Our services include assistance with immigration applications and court defense, work authorization, integration and case management support, support to unaccompanied minors, job development, English and civics, and citizenship preparation. We also assist immigrants in avoiding exploitation by unscrupulous practitioners by providing reliable information and realistic counsel about immigration status.
HIAS Welcome the stranger, Protect the refugee
HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are.
We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom.
We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.
The Legal Aid Society
This organization provides urgent legal services to reunify families and assist low-income immigrants in obtaining lawful status, applying for citizenship, and defending against deportation.
NYCLU Immigrant Rights
The NYCLU works in coalition with immigrants’ rights advocates to aggressively challenge unlawful immigration detention, secure the rights of immigrant children to be reunited with their families, confront hate and xenophobia, champion local and state immigrant protections, defeat unjust local ordinances, and to ensure immigrant communities know their rights.
New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has a long and proud tradition of advocating for equal access to justice for all New Yorkers in civil matters through a combination of government-funded legal services programs and voluntary pro bono service by private practitioners. Established in 1991, the Department of Public Interest provides, among other things, guidance to bar associations, law firms, law schools, corporate law offices, government offices, and other entities in establishing and operating volunteer projects. The Department also provides assistance and educational training programs for attorneys employed by legal services organizations and oversees a number of attorney recognition programs that promote, recognize, and honor pro bono service by individual attorneys and law firms. The Department works with many of the Association’s sections and committees to encourage their voluntary participation in pro bono projects.
LawHelpNY.org, powered by Pro Bono Net, is an online tool for helping low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. Our mission is to provide and promote access to high-quality online information about:
Free legal services throughout New York State
Legal rights in a broad range of substantive areas
The New York State court system
Advocacy groups, government offices and social service organizations that help low-income New Yorkers
In January 2021, the U.S. announced that it will continue to uphold the DACA program, and DREAMers can officially qualify for FHA mortgages and loans. There are over 643,000 people currently enrolled in DACA and many of them have the same goals as the average American — to get an education, raise a family, and have a home to call their own. We wanted to provide assistance to those who may be looking for more information.
- The guide that we created includes: Home Loan Options for DACA Recipients
- Required Documents for a DACA Mortgage
- Immigrant Advocacy Organizations for Additional Support