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Dream Project Annual Report 2019-2020

While this year did not go at all as any of us planned, here at the Dream Project we accomplished a great deal. Mid-fiscal-year we were confronted with the pandemic and quickly pivoted to online programming. We successfully continued to support and empower our students and their families. We are proud of the work we accomplished this fiscal year! You …

Dream Summit 2020 – What We Learned

Written by: Carlos Puerta Even though the Dream Summit was virtual this year, there was a lot to learn—both from past and present. Here are the key things we learned: Accessibility was key Transitioning to online helped our students join in record numbers. Shorter workshops spread out throughout an entire week plus shorter workshops made it easy for our students …

VIEWPOINT: Advocate for the DREAM Act

July 19, 2020 by Abel Flores Leave a Comment In August 2001, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) (SFS ’66, LAW ’69) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act in the U.S. Senate. The DREAM Act would create a process for undocumented students to apply for conditional residency, eventually leading to permanent residency. The …

Uncancelled Concert 2020

To kick off the Fourth of July weekend this year, the Dream Project imagined our ever-popular benefit concert within the confines of our new, digital world. Rather than cancel the event completely, we instead invited performers from previous years and a few of our own musically-inclined scholars to submit recordings. These recordings, along with messages from Emma Violand-Sanchez, Founder and …

Reflection on the SCOTUS Decision on DACA

By Lizzette Arias, Executive Director, Dream Project and Victoria Gonzalez, Senior Intern, Dream Project Background of the Case In June 2012, President Barack Obama established DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This executive order followed various failed attempts to pass the DREAM Act in Congress. At the same time, the Dream Project had just awarded its second round of renewable …

Information on Supreme Court’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court concluded that the Department of Homeland Security improperly ended the DACA program in a 5-4 ruling. Besides determining that the case was under the Court’s jurisdiction, it also decided that President Trump’s termination of the program was in violation of the Administrative Procedural Act when he failed to give adequate justification for ending …

Immigrants – They want a better life for their children

On Monday, May 4, together with six other immigrant-rights focused groups in Virginia sent a letter to Governor Northam to ask him to help the children of immigrants, our undocumented youth, regardless of status to continue with their education at Virginia colleges and Universities. You can read the letter here. Immigrants are on the front lines supporting the rest of …

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Helps Immigrants In-Need

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Helps Immigrants In-Need March 29, 2020 Arlington VA – The Dream Project, a nonprofit organization offering educational assistance to immigrants in Northern Virginia through scholarships and mentoring, has established an emergency relief fund to help immigrant students and families who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigrants — especially those who are undocumented, have DACA …