The Santa Fe Dreamers Project is a non-profit organization that provides free legal representation to immigrant youth and their family members, with a focus on economic development and strengthening community. Santa Fe Dreamers Project is committed to representing every qualified immigrant who walks through our doors. We make every effort to understand the barriers that normally prevent immigrant families in our community from accessing legal representation and design our services with those barriers in mind. The Dreamers Project has a 100% bilingual staff, including four attorneys and several interns. All of our legal services are provided completely free of charge and our funding comes primarily from grants, fellowships, foundations, and individual donations. We have a growing number of legal service projects including:
Our flagship weekly walk-in DACA legal clinics in Santa Fe and Albuquerque providing direct representation for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases. In the three years we have operated these clinics we have represented over 1200 clients from 14 of NM's counties and 3 surrounding states.
Dreams on Wheels: Is a mobile legal services program bringing access to counsel to immigrant families in the rural corners of New Mexico and the Southwest where there are no immigration attorneys. After a successful pilot project in 2016, we anticipate expanding services to more rural communities in the fall of 2017. This work brings critical legal representation to families in parts of the state where there is no immigration legal aid.
U-Visa Services: Representing clients who qualify for the U-Visa, a special program for survivors of violence. This project is part of a community health initiative targeting victims of domestic violence in partnership with community agencies across Santa Fe. We have recently started a rural U-Visa representation program in Taos, NM
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: This project focuses on children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected especially children being deported to the Northern Triangle of Central America. SIJS offers minors access to a Green Card and means-tested benefits.
Cibola County Immigration Prison: Collaborating with New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, our staff assists immigrant detainees in Cibola County with legal screening and political asylum cases and represents them in bond and parole cases. Our work aims to collect on the ground data for larger litigation against ICE’s inhumane detention policies.
In addition to our legal services program, we conduct know your rights trainings to help immigrants understand how to stay safe during encounters with ICE, we teach professional development classes about immigration law and advocacy, and we work in extensive collaboration with schools, churches, and local agencies that serve immigrants. Our work is motivated by our conviction that immigrants make us stronger and helping provide tools from immigrants to thrive creates real impact in our own communities, in New Mexico, and throughout our entire nation.