With the announcement of DACA, the demand for ADAC’s work increased exponentially, along with the community’s expectations from volunteer-run organization. Immigrant youth and parents across the state of Arizona along with journalists, researchers, educators, and educational institutions–have come to rely on ADAC for guidance, relevant and accurate information and, assistance with applying to the program.
In 2012, after the announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, ADAC along with other community organizations, and the local American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) chapter, came together to strategize on how best to help the community. This collaboration resulted in the No DREAM Deferred Campaign (NDD). NDD has trained 300 volunteers (many ADAC members) to inform Arizona’s DREAMers and assist them in applying for DACA. In 2012, over a period of five months, NDD organized seven DACA application workshops, hosted multiple informational sessions that were attended by over 5,000 people, and helped fill out approximately 1,200 DACA applications at no cost to applicants and their families.
No Dream Deferred began as a collaborative with multiple community organizations in mid 2012. In late 2012 it naturally became a single standing project with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. Since then, there has been multiple partnerships developed and sustained. These partnerships, and sponsorships, provide help with locations, materials, promotion, logistics, printing, food, and new target base opportunity development. Locations where NDD has hosted drives and forums include: Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Yuma, Douglas, Nogales, and Flagstaff, AZ.