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Undocumented and DACA Resources: How to Help

This guide provides links to resources aimed at undocumented and DACA recipient members of the Champaign-Urbana community.

Allyship

Do you ever feel like you want to help but don't know how? Half of the battle sometimes is learning where to call, what organizations to support, and what you can do as an ally to help. Here is that information for your convenience and even provides resources for how to be an ally even when you have social anxiety or are not even sure what it means to be an ally. 

Congress

One of the biggest things to do is to call your representative! Don't know who they are? Use these resources to find out!

Organizations

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United We Dream

When you’re undocumented, you face a lot of discrimination, and that creates a lot of fear. At United We Dream, we transform that fear into finding your voice. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. [Taken from website]

A great resource for anyone who wants to be more involved and does not know how to be involved. They provide tool kits and daily emails to keep you engaged and always finding new ways to help.

 

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. [Taken from website]

 

 

Additional Information For Allies

There are more ways to be involved and work as an ally. It takes more than just talking about supporting Undocumented and DACA individuals. These sources can you help you learn to be a real ally, advocate, and what else you can do to help. 

  • What Allies Need to Know

    • Being an ally is more than just talking. Here is a site that lays out 10 things all allies should know. 

  • 6 Ways to Help

    • A very straightforward piece on how to be more involved and what that might cost. 

  • America's Voice

    • Provides all the background knowledge you'd need and gives you a list of organizations at the end to be more involved with to help undocumented and DACA individuals.

  • Anti-Oppression Resources and Exercises

    • Undocumented and DACA individuals come from many different backgrounds not to mention that there are many people from other groups who face similar challenges and boundaries. This sources can help to educate yourself and your community about all of the different ways we can work to make our society better for all marginalized groups. 

  • DACA Renewal Fund

    • Did you know that each DACA application costs $495.00?! Donate to help those who are having a hard time paying this fee.

  • Get Involved

    • United We Dream gives you the tools you need to make a difference. 

  • Fake News?

    • Find out what sources are fake and which aren't. It may take an extra minute of your time but can be very helpful in preventing the spread of wrong information.