BD5 Community Resources

  • ICE & Your Rights

    The ACLU, along with Brooklyn Defender Services, have launched the “We Have Rights” campaign, which aims to inform immigrant communities about what to do when interacting with ICE. Through this campaign, the ACLU and BDS created four animated videos based on true stories to provide tips on how to safely defend immigrants' rights during common ICE encounters. The videos are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Urdu, and Haitian Creole.

    The Dream Act & DACA

    The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and The California Department of Education (CDE) understand that there may be concerns regarding the California Dream Act Program. It is important to know that The California Dream Act is a state law, meaning regardless of what occurs at the federal level, state financial aid will remain available in California.

    It is important to communicate with your students, their families, and the community that the information required via the California Dream Act Application will not be used for federal or immigration purposes.

    If any questions or concerns arise, please contact the California Student Aid Commission by phone at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division by phone at 916-323-6398.

    More information on the California Dream Act, including frequently asked questions for high school counselors, is available on the California Dream Act Web page at act.

    The California Dream Act application is available at

    For more information on DACA, please see the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DACA Web page at