The Deferred Action Waiver Fund (otherwise known as “DACAF”) is a fund set up to award undocumented activists with a scholarship to cover the fee associated with applying for Deferred Action. The Department of Homeland Security has set this fee at $465. We recognize that many of the activists we work with on a daily basis do not have the financial means to apply for Deferred Action and so this fund will try to meet the needs of these activists.
In addition to trying to provide as many scholarships to directly cover the filing DACAF will also partner with qualified immigration attorneys and advocates to identify pro-bono services to assist activists in filing their applications.
Why has DreamActivist Established this Fund?
There are several reasons that we have decided to establish this fund, with its specifications. First, there is no end to the need in our community for this type of resource. We also recognize that DACA is only one very small step and that continued organizing on a massive scale is necessary for us to win the changes that are truly necessary in our immigration system. Therefore, we need to provide resources to the people that are actively engaged in this organizing. It takes time and resources that could otherwise be devoted to working or applying for other forms of financial assistance and we need to support our migrant rights organizers.