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September-October 2012

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INTERALIA DREAMers Prep for DACA Clinics, Forums R Arrivals (DACA) initiative in Denver and Lexington, KY, on August 11. The training prepared them for the clinics and forums that were held nationwide on August 25 to help DREAMers navigate the application process. The first part of the training covered the legalities of egional leaders of United We Dream (UWD) and PICO National Network were trained on the ins and outs of the Deferred Action for Childhood DACA. "They're going to go back to their territories and they're going to organize workshops for the grassroots and talk about what DACA is, what the ramifications are, [and] why people will need to go see a lawyer before they do anything …," said David W. Leopold, AILA General Counsel, who had been invited by UWD to help with attorneys, but not give legal advice and risk engaging in the unlawful practice of law, said UWD Political Director Gaby Pacheco. Pacheco noted that more than 100 questions were asked by attendees, addressing a variety of issues, such as the nature of DACA, the application process, and eligibility criteria. The regional leaders also learned how to coordinate the The regional leaders also learned how to collaborate " he said. 'Undocumented, Unafraid' New graduates celebrate at the National Immigrant Youth Alliance's 2012 DREAM Act Graduation on June 26 at Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. AILA was among the proud sponsors of this year's ceremony, which honored DREAMers from around the country, including a group hailing from New York, below. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUSAN TIMMONS train the attendees. He stressed that DREAMers should consult AILA attorneys or representatives accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals, not notarios. "[UWD] want[s] to be sure that DREAMers all across the country understand that this is more than just filing a couple of forms. This can be a very complicated legal issue, 28 VOICE

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