Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will launch DREAMerJustice.org, a self-assessment tool to enable eligible youth to apply for the Obama administration’s initiative offering temporary relief from deportation. DREAMerJustice.org will be available on August 15, the same date U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications.
“DREAMerJustice.org is designed to increase access to legal resources for people nationally,” said NIJC Director of Legal Services Mony Ruiz-Velasco. “This tool will simplify the application process for thousands of immigrant youth, provide comprehensive legal referrals to qualified providers, and help families avoid notary fraud.”
DREAMerJustice.org will assist DREAMers in determining eligibility for deferred action. DREAMerJustice.org also provides eligible DREAMers with instructions and necessary forms to complete the application on their own. Individuals who have possible complications will be directed to legal resources available in their areas.
Eligible DREAMers are individuals under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, who first came to the United States before the age of 16. They have lived in the United States since June 2007, are enrolled in or graduated from high school and/or obtained a GED, or were honorably discharged from the military, and have not been convicted of certain crimes.
NIJC is partnering with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Immigrant Youth Justice League, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance to promote DREAMerJustice.org through outreach to the immigrant community.
NIJC and pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments will hold clinics to provide legal representation to eligible DREAMers.
DREAMerJustice.org is designed by PS Technologies, which created the LegalServer database software, widely used by legal aid organizations across the country. "NIJC is a driving force in redefining the delivery of legal services when resources for those services are diminishing and demand is increasing,” said IV Ashton, founder of PS Technologies. “Leveraging affordable technology solutions, NIJC is the first agency of its kind to implement an online legal tool that will help thousands of DREAMers."