Resources to Assist DACA Students

Renew DACA status. Encourage DACA students whose benefits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 to submit renewals. The deadline to do so is October 5, 2017.

Donate to assist DACA recipients. Be mindful that the $495 renewal fee is quite expensive and out of reach for many. If you have means, consider donating funds to help them renew. Two specific organizations are:

  • CARACEN (Central American Resource Center) is a nonprofit organization that offers low-cost immigration legal services, community education programs, and advocacy and organizing to achieve fair and more inclusive immigration, education, and labor laws and policies in Los Angeles and the rest of the nation
  • CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights)

On-Campus Resources for USC DACA students

  • Graduate Student Government – GSG has an emergency fund for DACA students to assist them in renewing visas. They may apply for up the $700 in grants.
  • Undergraduate Student Government passed a similar resolution yesterday. Undergraduate DACA recipients are encouraged to contact the Office of Religious Life.
  • USC DACA Point Person. USC has appointed Vanessa Gomez Brake, Associate Dean of Religious Life, as the point person for DACA related issues. Her e-mail address is: and phone number is (213) 740-6110.
  • USC Student Counseling Center. Please refer students who would like counseling to visit the USC Student Counseling Center at the Engemann Health Center. Telephone: (213) 740-7711.
  • USC Center for Work and Family. USC faculty and staff wishing counseling should be encouraged to visit the USC Center for work and family. (213) 821-0800.
  • USC Immigration Clinic. The USC Immigration Clinic offered through the Gould School of Law offers immigration advises to the USC community. They also offer volunteer opportunities. (213) 821-9627.
  • USC Dornsife Virtual and Physical Food Pantries. The food pantry is an emergency resource for USC students. The virtual pantry provides $25 grocery gift cards to students who are food insecure. Physical Grab-n-Go pantries with snacks and other food items are available at VKC 263 (ODSI Office) and STU 313 (Norman Topping Office).
  • Price School Resources

Write to your Congressional representative. There are currently four bills under consideration and are summarized at this link.

Be very respectful and sensitive. This is a time of immense uncertainty and many are hurting deeply. Please encourage those who would like counseling to visit the Student Counseling Center at the Engemann Health Center. Telephone: (213) 740-7711.

Participate in organized activities. PELA is participating in #DefendDACA March Sunday, September 10 at 2:35-5:30 p.m. in McArthur Park. For information, visit the PELA Facebook event page.

Reach out to the South Los Angeles Community. Reach out to your contacts in the the South Los Angeles Community and offer assistance. There are a large number of DACA recipients in our neighborhood.