East Bay Dreamer Clinic

Purpose and unmet legal need:

The purpose of EBDC is to provide assistance to DACA-eligible individuals in the Oakland area. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows undocumented youth to apply for temporary relief from deportation, a work permit, identification, and public benefits (subject to state regulation). To date, over 800,000 people have received DACA. However, only about 50% of DACA-eligible youth have chosen to apply. Even with the uncertain future of the program, DACA remains an effective way for undocumented youth to get better access to education, employment, and many other social rights.

EBDC works under the supervision of The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC). A grant allows for East Bay Sanctuary to cover the $465 application fee for all Oakland residents. Going forward, EBDC’s work is necessary to help maximize the impact of DACA and support individuals benefitting from the program.  EBDC’s work allows for EBSC and DACA to reach as many Oakland residents as possible.

The impact of DACA on our community makes it essential for EBDC to continue providing services as long as the program exists.


Work of participants:

EBDC provides direct, legal services to DACA-eligible youth under the supervision of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant attorneys.   Depending on the interest of new membership and other circumstances, EBDC members will work with East Bay Sanctuary Covenant to engage in outreach and educate community members about the existing programs that they might be eligible for, including DACA.  Workshops would take place at high schools and other locales. 

EBDC also works with other organizations in conducting workshops, such as the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative.  The East Bay Naturalization Collaborative is dedicated to providing free and low cost legal services to immigrants who want to become American citizens.  Some workshops help eligible legal permanent residents gain American citizenship. Special training for these Saturday workshops will take place earlier in the week for law students who wish to attend.


Time Commitment: 10 to 20 hours per semester.

Video Recording of the Fall 2016 Immigration SLPS Information Session (Introduction to: Berkeley Immigration Group – Detention Project; Berkeley Immigration Law Clinic; Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project; California Asylum Representation Clinic; East Bay Dreamer Clinic; and International Refugee Assistance Project). Recorded Thursday, September 1.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at dreamersclinic@gmail.com.

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