International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in Oakland and San Jose


In October 2012, the IRC in Oakland and San Jose joined The Bay Area Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Implementation Initiative. The Initiative seeks to ensure significant numbers of undocumented immigrant youth and young adults have access to the new federal policy directive of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Initiative was formed by a steering committee of International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) and is providing funding to member agencies of immigration coalitions in South Bay, Santa Cruz County, and East Bay to deliver direct services to potential undocumented immigrant youth and young adults including DACA outreach presentations, consultation and application screening, application submissions, and building a volunteer base to assist with DACA outreach.    The initial phase of the project is through January 31st with the goal of submitting 100 applications by IRC San Jose and 60 applications by IRC Oakland, as well as the other services listed above.     The overall goals of the Initiative include: 1) Guide potential DACA beneficiaries through the screening and application process with crucial support from volunteer attorneys, DREAMers, and grassroots support, prioritizing efforts to prevent exposure to fraudulent services.  2) Build a base of volunteer and low-cost support for DACA applicants, particularly utilizing the strength and capabilities of DREAMers to assist efforts.  3) Raise Awareness about DACA among potential applicants and other stakeholders.    How can you help? If you or someone you know qualifies for DACA, please call (Oakland) 510-452-8222 or (San Jose) 408-277-0255 and ask for our Immigration Department for information on applying. 
Criteria to quailfy for DACA
Required documents for DACA
FAQ about DACA     We are seeking volunteers to assist in the outreach activities of this project. Individuals will volunteer for 2 months (December to January), for 8-12 hrs a week (1-2 days in the office, 1-2 days outreach at other locations).
Volunteers will be responsible for:
- Outreach to other organizations and groups about IRC immigration services
- Help with and lead presentations about DACA
- Assist in eligibility screenings of potential DACA applicants
- Assist with completing forms to file for DACA.
All volunteers must attend one of the training sessions at the IRC Oakland office: Friday, December 7 at 1 pm.
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If you are interested in volunteering in Oakland or San Jose please contact