| Helping low-income immigrants find legal help

American University Defending the Dream Initiative

  • Location:
    4300 Nebraska Avenue NW
    Suite Y265
    Washington, DC 20016
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Defending the AU Dream Initiative's ("AU Dream") mission is to provide free immigration legal services to undocumented, DACAmented and documented undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in universities or colleges in the DC metropolitan area. On a case-by-case, services may extend to family members of students and International Students with humanitarian claims. Defending the AU Dream Initiative is part of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Defending the AU Dream Initiative provides free general consultations and if possible, full legal representation to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in the D.C. metropolitan area, on immigration matters including, but not limited, to: DACA renewal, TPS Renewal, Green card application or renewal, Naturalization, and Humanitarian-based relief (i.e. asylum, U, and T visas).

Counties served: Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church City

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, Habeas Corpus, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No
Other information: Serving noncitizens who are currently enrolled in a college in the DMV area (DC and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia).
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