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 & community development. 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 three attorneys, a legal intern and a legal fellow. 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 program: a weekly walk-in legal clinic providing direct representation for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases in Santa Fe. In the three years we have operated this clinic we have served over 800 clients from 14 of NM's counties and 3 surrounding states. The clinic is hosted at St. Bedes church every Friday afternoon.
- Dreams on Wheels. a mobile DACA clinic program. We provide direct representation for DACA cases for Dreamers in the rural communities of Farmington and Roswell, NM through partnerships with community organizers and advocacy organizations. After a successful pilot project in 2016, we anticipate expanding services to more rural communities in 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.
- Familias Seguras, a deportation defense project focusing on children being deported to the Northern Triangle of Central America. We accept a growing number of immigration cases that support family unity, focusing primarily on humanitarian relief for families affected by the violent refugee crisis in Central America (Special Immigrant Juvenile, Political Asylum). We participate in the CARA Pro Bono Project, a national project committed to representing Central American Families detained on our border and shutting down the inhumane practice of Family Detention in the United States.
- ABQ Legal Clinic. A weekly walk in legal clinic providing direct representation to DACA clients in Albuquerque and the surrounding communities, hosted every Monday afternoon at Casa de Salud in the South Valley.
We also provide weekly attorney office hours at Santa Fe area public schools, mentor high school students interested in careers in law, provide training to non-profit groups about immigration law, and actively participate in partnerships with other groups dedicated to serving New Mexico's immigrant community. We believe in integrated community services and breaking down barriers to legal representation.