Undocumented immigrants are one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States. Estimates suggest that around 11 million people are undocumented in the US, and around three-quarters are of Latin American origin. Around 60% have been in the U.S. for over a decade. Many families have a mixed immigration status and live in a state of limbo, in need of legal services to pursue paths to citizenship such as DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”).
This project with our host organization partner, Atlas DIY in Brooklyn, NY, builds capacity in six ways. The first of these is maintaining and administering a cooperative database of over 500 members. Second, managing internal communications and filtering between the community and the various direct and indirect services (legal and social) offered by the organization. In addition, the project consists of maintaining and updating the organization’s database and its cooperative model. The project also includes developing program content, evaluating programs, and supporting the organization’s administrative department. Finally, the volunteer is also currently researching and receiving training on the development of cooperatives of freelancers with the goal of creating a proposal to build a cooperative of workers out of the existing cooperative model between Atlas DIY and its members.
313 young people (14-24 years old) from 35 countries participate directly in this project; 644 people are indirectly affected.