Meet Giancarla, Ayuda employee and DACA recipient.

“My name is Giancarla, I am a DREAMER, and I have been working at Ayuda for the past 2 ½ years. I was born in Bolivia and I came to the US with my family when I was 10 years old.

More than 80% of DREAMERS arrived to the US when they were 10 or younger. We have lived here longer and know more about this country than our own, and while we may not be American, we grew up in the American Way.

I am especially grateful and always happy to talk about The Dream Act because it has done so much for me. Since becoming a DACA recipient, I have been able to get a driver’s license, start building credit, rent an apartment under my name, buy a car under my name, get a legitimate job with basic benefits like health insurance, etc., and more importantly, have had the protection from deportation to enjoy all these things… at least temporarily.

Although there are still limitations on what I am allowed to do, like travel outside of the US or apply for financial aid at college, I am still optimistic that this new administration will finally make a pathway to citizenship for us DREAMERS… that is the ultimate “dream” for us, when we are no longer treated as guests in the home where we grew up.”

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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