“I think our presentation is very important to the community because most people aren’t well-informed about DACA, particularly the level of detail of the requirements,” reflects legal intern Sarah Felahy of a recent Immigration Clinic outreach presentation. “Many people also offer to assist DACA clients without adequate knowledge of the requirements and potential risk. This puts clients at an enormous disadvantage because there are no ‘re-do’s’ for DACA applications and they also make the government aware of their presence and any past criminal history.”
On March 19, Immigration Clinic Supervising Attorney Peggy Kane provided an informational presentation regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at the Linda Vista Collaborative’s monthly meeting. Professor Kane spoke about the benefits, eligibility requirements, risks and procedures for this relatively new piece of legislation. Legal interns Alanna Rutan, Sarah Felahy, Diana Markosian, Jennielyn Alcarion and Omeed Latifi and Law Clerk Alex Miller also attended the presentation.
“I found that the variety of backgrounds of the people who attended the meeting was very diverse,” reflects Felahy. “There were people who worked in different areas such as public health, drug prevention and nursing. It was wonderful to see people from so many different fields working together.” During the meeting Supervising Attorney Peggy Kane answered specific questions about DACA, in addition to explaining the process for obtaining services at the Legal Clinics. More than ten organization representatives from different agencies attended the collaborative meeting.
The Linda Vista Collaborative (LVC) offers a forum for public deliberation among a variety of community organizations in Linda Vista, promoting collaboration toward the shared goal of improving the quality of life of Linda Vista residents. The LVC also provides USD Legal Clinics Outreach Program Coordinator Patty O’Deane with the opportunity to network and coordinate activities with other agencies in the community.
“I learned that there are many key players in the community that all work together to assist potential clients,” comments Felahy. “There are people that come into contact with these potential clients on a daily basis, so it’s extremely important to make sure they’re aware of all the details and risks of DACA so that they can accurate relay the information. It’s also important for the community to come together and spread the knowledge among all the different groups and organizations and I was happy to be a part of that work.”