Neighborhood Centers in Houston is among other agencies who are assisting DREAMers with their Deferred Action process. According to Francis Valdez, immigration attorney at Neighborhood Centers:
“With Deferred Action comes a historic moment for our country and a crucial moment for the 30,000 childhood arrival individuals in Houston who would be eligible and who are currently students in high school, have graduated from high school, serve in the military or enrolled in college in Houston, many of whom have sought guidance at Neighborhood Centers over the years. In the past, Neighborhood Centers has worked diligently to keep families together. Our robust programs and educational seminars have been a model for other organizations. And under this change, we’ll continue to do the same. But because policy changes can often be confusing to those they affect, we’re offering additional guidance.”
Over the summer, Neighborhood Centers hosted several information summits attended by over 2,000 DREAMers and members of the community.
Neighborhood Centers is also one of the few agencies that has built the capacity with other DREAMers organizations nationally under the United We Dream conference to assist DREAMers as they go through the Deferred Action process. Recently, Valdez traveled to Denver to be part of a National Conference and present Neighborhood Centers’ Deferred Action Toolkit, which specifies how to hold community workshops based on Neighborhood Centers’ model.
This Saturday, August 25, DREAMers have an opportunity to attend a workshop on Deferred Action, but an appointment is necessary. Here’s the information:
Deferred Action Program August Workshop Hosted by Neighborhood Centers:
Where: Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center
6500 Rookin St. Houston, TX 77074
When: Saturday, August 25, 2012
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,
By appointment only
Call 713-273-3707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org