Undocumented Student Resources (DACA)

Note from the Dean of Students

Dear NDNU Community,

Our campus community here at Notre Dame de Namur University is one of the most cherished and special parts about our institution. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and our Hallmarks encourage us all to embrace diversity and dignity of all members of our community. The NDNU community is made up of so many special people that without each of you our community would not be so robust.

As the Dean of Students I am writing to share resources to our community. There has been a lot said about immigration statuses and I want to try to provide some helpful resources. The list is not comprehensive but it is a start to try to provide helpful direction for anyone who may need assistance.

I am here to help support and direct the NDNU community. If you would like to meet personally and connect please contact me at masmith@ndnu.edu. For international students concerned about the status of their student visas, please consult our International Students Office. Our Office of Counseling Services and Office of Spirituality are also available to provide assistance and connect with our community.

All are welcome here at NDNU and your presence helps to shape the fabric of community.

Marsh-Allen Smith, Ed.D.
Dean of Students

Immigration Resources

California Community College Chancellor’s Office Resources – Resources for Dream students. The following information is intended to help students and colleges in the time of uncertainty about immigration policies related to the administration in Washington D.C.

East Bay Community Law Center – Immigration Program provides a full-range of free legal services to low-income immigrants on a wide range of immigration issues with a focus on the most vulnerable populations.
2921 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
Email: webinquiry@ebclc.org
Phone: (510) 548-4040

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) – They provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future. The officer assistance in economic advancement, housing, and immigration services.

Educators for Fair Consideration – They provide life-changing financial support that enables undocumented young people to overcome systemic barriers. An NDNU alumnus works here.

E4FC
Community Initiatives
354 Pine Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104

• E4FC offers lots of resources especially about Post Election Updates, Careers and Educational Guides, Legal Services, and Arts and Creativity. Please check out their resources guide .

Legal Services – It’s free to use the form and you don’t have to disclose your identity. They won’t tell anyone else about your situation and you will receive personalized information. If you have questions about this service or require immediate attention, please email E4FC’s Legal Services Team, at mailto:legalservices@e4fc.org.

Scholarship Services– E4FC’s New American Scholars Program provides financial awards to low-income immigrant college and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $7,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact; they are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA (2.8 for college students and 3.0 for graduate students), and participate in ongoing E4FC programming, events, and activities throughout the year.

International Institute of the Bay Area – IIBA is a nonprofit providing immigration legal services. They offer such services as Citizenship Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Services, Family Reunification Services, and Humanitarian Services. They offer insight and encourage people to Know Your Rights and offer a list of frequently asked questions . An NDNU alumnus works here.

IIBA Redwood City Office Address
International Institute of the Bay Area
2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
Office Phone: 650-780-7530
Office Fax: 650-556-1645
Office Email: redwoodcity@iibayarea.org

CONSULTATIONS

General Immigration Consultations (drop-in) ($30)

Drop in Consultations are offered on a first come, first served basis every Monday (except holidays) from 9:00am to 11:45am (registration begins at 8:00am) and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (registration begins at 11:45am). The consultation fee is $30. Clients are screened for eligibility for various types of immigration benefits, clients with viable cases will be taken on in-house or referred out based on demand and availability.

LawHelpCA.org – This is not a direct services agency, and does not provide direct legal assistance. To find an attorney to help you, please use www.LawHelpCA.org to find a reputable Legal Aid Agency or a State Bar-certified Lawyer Referral Service.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) – MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

Immigrants’ Rights FAQs under a Trump Presidency – This report is available in both Spanish and English.

•  Scholarship Resources– The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.

One Justice– One Justice brings life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the legal aid system.

Immigration Pro Bono Response Network – OneJustice was honored to serve as the national point of contact and provide operational and pro bono management support to the coalitions of legal services, immigration, and civil rights nonprofits that worked together to staff the legal clinics at LAX, SFO, SJC and Oakland in response to the executive order and travel bans.

San Francisco Community ICE Raid Hotline – This is a community-based rapid response network through SFILEN-San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network and SFILDC-San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative.

                 • Call: 415-200-1548 in case of ICE activity. They have language support in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, legal defense and community volunteers ready to show up and support.

United We Dream– Is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.