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Chicago COVID-19 FOIA Project with Just Futures Law

We joined Just Futures Law in the #COVID19Project to find out more about how our data is being collected and shared across private companies and city agencies.

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Supreme Court Rules DACA Program Can Continue, Yet Some DACA Recipients Have Already Been Deported

For us at OCAD this moment is a reminder that the struggle for dignity and justice is far from over.

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Chicago COVID-19 FOIA Project with Just Futures Law

We joined Just Futures Law in the #COVID19Project to find out more about how our data is being collected and shared across private companies and city agencies.

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COVID19 Support for Undocumented Families

There are 11 million undocumented immigrants who aren’t eligible for a stimulus check. Please see how you can support below

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Taller de Criminalización

Este taller de criminalización es un recurso preparado por Comunidades Organizadas contra las Deportaciones (OCAD) y el Centro para la Nueva Comunidad (CNC). La clave para luchar contra el sentimiento anti-inmigrante es comprender que no se trata de delincuencia, sino de la criminalización.

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Erase the Chicago Gang Database

We advocate for the elimination of the use of detention centers and deportations, surveillance mechanisms, and “reforms” that exclude the most criminalized amongst us. One way we are doing this is by advocating for the elimination of the City of Chicago’s gang database.

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Mohammed's Victory

Mohamed is a Palestinian undocumented immigrant who was flagged by the FBI for having “terrorist affiliations”. Mohamed was in a detention center for over a year and couldn’t be deported because he was considered “stateless” given his Palestinian nationality. 

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Genoveva's Victory

Genoveva’s case is one of OCAD’s first victories. OCAD supported her in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (something that takes a lot of courage). As a result, Genoveva got her U visa approved, is with her family and continues to fight for others. 

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Wilmer's Victory

Wilmer Catalan had been residing in the US for over 10 years and, in March of 2017, ICE agents unlawfully entered his home without a criminal warrant or consent. ICE had conducted a raid based on false information obtained from the Chicago Police Department indicating Wilmer belonged to a street gang. 

OCAD

We are a movement against deportations and the criminalization of our people.

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Undocumented.
Unapologetic.
Unafraid.

We believe in our collective liberation.

We’ve seen real power in action when we come together to ensure that the most criminalized amongst us aren’t left out of “reforms”. We’ve created a space for undocumented people to fight back and co-benefit from a network of support.  We’ve also fought against policing and other parts of the deportation pipeline, and contributed to bringing criminalization to the forefront of the immigrant rights movement.

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