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Pro Bono Newsletter, Fall 2013

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AILA's Pro Bono Newsletter Pro Bono Is a Part of Professionalism n AILA Practice and Professionalism Center Fall 2013 American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org YOUR GUIDE TO 'POCKET DACA' u Watch a tutorial on Pocket DACA, the free mobile app that features a qualification screening tool, helps applicants find legal help, and much more! YOUR PRO BONO RESOURCES: aila.org/ probono ? ! Mentor Directory Newsletter Archive Stop Notario Fraud Own the Dream Pro Bono Heroes Thousands Benefit From Pocket DACA App! by Patrick Taurel O n August 14, in anticipation of the first birthday of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, AILA and partners launched "Pocket DACA," an app for smartphones and tablets designed to help noncitizens understand the DACA process, assess whether they likely qualify, and find legal help. The app has succeeded beyond all expectations, garnering favorable press in national and regional media and, most importantly, reaching an audience of nearly 20,000 users within just one month of the launch date! The free app, available for download from the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, offers a self-screening tool for DACA applicants to understand their eligibility and a searchable directory of listings for immigration legal services providers, including AILA attorneys in all 50 states. The app also includes links to news about the deferred action process and frequently asked questions. The app was created by AILA, the American Immigration Council, the Immigration Advocates Network, and the Own the DREAM campaign. Technology partners for the app include Mobisoft Infotech and Pro Bono Net. "This app is yet another way that AILA's national organization and members are reaching out to the young undocumented population who may be eligible for this potentially life-changing opportunity, while offering protection from scammers who may try to take advantage of a vulnerable population," said Get Pocket DACA for your iPhone or Android! Laura Lichter, AILA's Immediate Past President who was involved in developing a related online screening tool. Feedback from the community has been glowing. Android user Nataly L. commented that the app provides "great info" and "shows you what you need to know and where you can go for more help." Another user, Oscar R., echoes Nataly's praise, saying Pocket CONTINUED on pg.6 >> u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: Fighting for DV-Based Asylum Clients 2 Record Numbers at AC Pro Bono Clinic 3 California's AB-1159 4 Pro Bono Heroes 7 www.aila.org 1

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