Tuesday - Mar 02, 2021

A One-Day Festival Will Raise Funds for Undocumented Law Students

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Dreamer Fund, a Bay Area project focused on advocating for education equity and fundraising for undocumented law students, announced it would be launching its 2nd annual signature event, #UndocuFest in 2019. The Dreamer Fund, which prides itself on creative mobilizing and community engagement, will hold #UndocuFest for a second time in a row at El Rio in the Mission District of San Francisco, California on March 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge to enter the festival, but attendees can also donate more to the cause. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

The Dreamer Fund has a scholarship fund and 100% of the proceeds from #UndocuFest will go to undocumented law students, to help them with tuition-based scholarships, emergency-aid scholarships or bar scholarships. “We are absolutely overjoyed to be able to bring #UndocuFest 2019 to the San Francisco area for a second year in a row,” says Founder and Co-Director of the Dreamer Fund, Monica Valencia.

“Our inaugural event was such a huge success and our hope as a community organization is to be able to bring back that same energy to this event, as we celebrate the immigrant community – and more than that – as we stand together in solidarity for the refugee and asylum seekers that have been violently targeted at the U.S.-Mexico border.” The Dreamer Fund has been fundraising and creating a space for much needed dialogue surrounding the issues of immigration reform, immigrant rights, education equity, and the legal impacts of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), since 2016. The Dreamer Fund also launched a mentorship program that will help undergraduate students in applying to law school and navigating their financial obligations.

More recently, Dreamer Fund members have been holding workshops, panels, and presentations at local organizations and educational institutions geared towards sharing personal narratives and experiences in navigating graduate-level education with other students who want to attend law school or graduate school. They also offer assistance with DACA renewals and “Know-Your-

Rights” training to communities, organizations, and educational institutions at no cost.

“It is so important to continue to build our own platforms of change in our communities,” says Gabriela García, Co-Director of the Dreamer Fund. “In our individual and collective fights for equity and justice,
we also need a time to celebrate and embrace one another for all that we give and all that we endure.

#UndocuFest is exactly that – a space to celebrate one another and to honor our most vulnerable communities. We hope to see you all there.”

To learn more about #UndocuFest or to book an interview with a Dreamer Fund executive board member, contact Zulma Muñoz at 415.741.3239 or by email at hello@dreamerfund.org. You can also
visit the Dreamer Fund at www.dreamerfund.org.