A Year of

We Are UWD!


Our Achievements

Organizing & Advocacy Leading the Way

Implementing DACA & Preparing for DAPA

Own The Dream


We informed


members of our community about DACA and DAPA

We informed


members of our community about DACA and DAPA

We informed


members of our community about DACA and DAPA

Education Rights

Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP)



students and educators from across the country



committed to investing institutional resources in support of undocumented students



schools came out in support of undocumented students

We Hosted


UndocuPeer Trainings for Educators

Criminalization & Enforcement

Deportation Defense

Launched the first and only volunteer-led national Hotline that collects case reports & data to systematically track on the ground behavior & activity by local enforcement agencies and ICE towards undocumented immigrants.

Published 2 major reports. Prosecutorial Discretion Denied highlights cases of ICE not following their guidelines & Ending Local Collaboration with ICE engages local communities in investigating how ICE works with local police.

Key advisors in drafting & passage of Transgender Care Guidance, a memo issued by the White House, which was sent to ICE field offices as a mandate to be included as part of their training in regards to the treatment and care of the transgender community.

Identified over


stories, abuses, and trends with the launch of our Deportation Defense Hotline



deportation cases and lifted up narrative of ICE’s inconsistent practice of the new PD guidelines



people to run anti criminalization & enforcement campaigns, most will be launching their local fights in 2016

LGBTQ Rights

Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP)



with the tools & knowledge to Queerify their organizing & advocacy work.

Successfully Engaged


affiliate groups to uplift the plight of undocumented LGBTQ immigrants in Pride Month efforts in NY, CO, VA, DC, and WA



people from across the country in the No More Closets campaign to share their UndocuQueer story



online supporters in #BreakTheCage campaign.

Hosted a

Congressional Briefing

as part of our #BreakTheCage campaign to shed light on the inhumane conditions that LGBTQ+ immigrants are subjected to and tackle the enforcement system that terrorizes/profits from the deportation of our communities.

In Action!

On September 11, 2015, UWD leaders convened & delved into gaining a deeper understanding of the struggle of undocumented immigrant communities within the broader context of criminalization by breaking down the systemic forces that send many of our family members and loved ones behind bars. With an intersectional lens in mind, they developed strategies to fight back against the criminalization of our communities. UWD affiliates left equipped with the knowledge and tools to launch local criminalization & enforcement campaigns. In 2016, we will see this deepened framework on criminalization in action.

In the loom of increased anti-immigrant sentiment and actions attempting to take away our victories of DACA and DAPA, we stood tall and fought back. Our immigrant community participated in mass coming out actions where entire families and communities –both DACA beneficiaries and potential DACA+ and DAPA beneficiaries –shared their stories and defended the DACA+ and DAPA immigration executive actions. The community’s mobilization and empowerment spoke against anti-immigrant hate promoted by xenophobic opponents and public figures –and in 2016, they can expect to continue seeing us in the battlefield.



leaders in organizing, recruitment, and communications.



people to take action for our community.

UWD Community-Driven Research

In 2015, we launched our community-driven research initiative leading on topics of importance to the immigrant community. In this first year, we published one major report that highlights the opportunities and challenges of DACA beneficiaries and collected data for a second report documenting the lives of LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S.

This survey is one of the largest of its kind, and it takes an in-depth look at life with DACA. The results show that DACA recipients have made great strides and are often the bedrock of economic and social support for their families. They do all of this while still struggling to find economic opportunities and the tools and information they need to navigate health care, workforce, financial, and educational institutions.

Led by and for LGBTQ immigrants, this first of its kind survey was launched by UWD QUIP leaders across the country. The survey takes a thoughtful approach in capturing an understanding of the multi-faceted issues faced by LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S., which in turn informs our advocacy efforts. The survey report is expected to be released early 2016.

Media & Digital


Facebook supporters


Twitter followers


Instagram followers


Mobile supporters


total attendees to our live webinars


live webinars hosted this year for our community


average monthly reach on Facebook


total media clips mentioning UWD

Tech Innovation for Our Communities



field data

Used by


volunteers in our affiliate groups



get DACA & immigration assistance

Empowering Moments

  • Fighting for DAPA

    Over 40 families engaged in our DACA clinics drove over 90 miles to New Orleans to fight for DAPA at the 5th circuit court.

  • #BlackLivesMatter

    Throughout the year we led community calls with our online supporters to start the dialogue of why we must stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters.

  • Break The Cage!

    As part of our #BreakTheCage campaign, we held two actions in front of ICE and the White House to shed light on the inhumane conditions that LGBTQ+ immigrants endure in detention.

  • Syrian Refugees Welcome

    This year we teamed up with Mpower Change (a Muslim grassroots movement) to launch a joint petition call on State Governors to stop playing political games and Welcome Syrian Refugees.

  • East Los High

    As the 3rd year anniversary of DACA rolled around, we teamed up with the hit Hulu Show ELH to develop resources for DACA eligible youth to encourage them to apply.

  • Stand Up Fight Back Summit

    Training our leaders to run anti criminalization & enforcement campaigns, most will be launching their local fights in 2016.

  • Combating Hate

    We joined with hundreds of other groups to place a full-page ad in The New York Times asking everyone to pledge to stand against hate.

  • Fighting for our Education

    Texas Dreamers in front of the State Capitol fighting to defend in-sate tuition in Texas.

  • Fighting Back Against Hate

    The North Carolina community sending a clear message: Anti-Immigrant hate is not welcomed in their state.

  • Standing up & Fighting Back

    The Houston team launching their campaign to end the collaboration between local enforcement agencies & ICE.

  • Our Generation Our Choice!

    We teamed up with 350.org and Million Hoodies to demand for racial justice, immigrant justice, and climate justice.

  • Combating Islamophobia

    Our affiliate DRUM leads a workshop at one of our Regional Retreats to equip other affiliate leaders with knowledge & tools to combat Islamophobia in our communities.

UWD is thankful to walk in this path of social justice with our brothers & sisters.

  • Advancement Project (AP)
  • Alliance for Citizenship (A4C)
  • America’s Voice (AV)
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Immigration Council
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Asian Law Caucus
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for Community Change
  • Community College Consortium on Immigrant Education
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Initiatives (CIRI)
  • Congress of Day Laborers
  • Detention Watch Network
  • Dream Defenders
  • Embassies and their Consular Network
  • First Focus
  • Florida Immigrant Coalition
  • Freedom Side
  • Generational Alliance
  • Get Equal (GE)
  • Grassroots Leadership
  • Ignition Solidarity Network
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Immigration Advocates Network (IAN)
  • Immigration Equality
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
  • National Education Association(NEA)
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • National LBGTQ Task Force
  • National Transgender Law Center (NTLC)
  • New Orleans Workers’ Centerfor Racial Justice
  • Not1More
  • People Improving Communities through Organizing Network (PICO)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • The Task Force
  • United States Students Association (USSA)
  • Voto Latino

Fundraising From the Heart

We are grateful to our funding partners for your support and impact. Thank you for standing strong with the immigrant community.

Anonymous | Arcus Foundation | Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice | Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund | Ford Foundation | Four Freedoms Fund | Hagedorn Foundation | Hill-Snowdon Foundation | Houston Endowment | J.M. Kaplan Fund | Latino Giving Houston | Marguerite Casey Foundation | Open Society Foundations | Unbound Philanthropy | Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock | Wild Geese Foundation

HUGE SHOUTOUT to UWD’s 116 Monthly Sustainers!

Your monthly contributions turned into a collective grand total of


Thanks for joining us for the long run!

A heartfelt appreciation to all our individual donors for their generous donations


Thank you for answering the call to fund the dream!

UWD is thankful to walk in this path of social justice with our brothers & sisters.


  • Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa
  • Laura M. Bohórquez
  • Carmen Caneda
  • Carolina Canizales
  • Mario Carrillo
  • David Chung
  • Lucas Da Silva
  • Hafid Dúmet
  • Julieta Garibay
  • Oscar Hernandez
  • Rodrigo Huertas
  • Cristina Jiménez Moreta
  • Roberto Juarez
  • Kevin Kang

STAFF (cont.)

  • Adam Luna
  • Greisa Martinez
  • Yash Mori
  • Myrna Orozco De La O
  • Carlos Padilla
  • Jassiel Perez
  • Zenén Jaimes Peréz
  • Adrian Reyna
  • Alejandra Ruiz
  • Ahlam Said
  • Louise Weissman

National Leadership Committee

  • Joel Aguilera (FL)
  • Hector Aveldano (NM)
  • Erik Burgos (TX)
  • Daniel Candelaria (TX)
  • Raymond Corona (WA)
  • Mizari Gallo (KY)
  • Estephany Gonzalez-Mendoza (NM)
  • Karen Guzman (CA)
  • Maria Reza (TX)
  • Carlos Rojas (MA)
  • Francisco Salcido (AZ)
  • Tashi Sanchez (CT)
  • Luiza Tanuri (NY)


  • Natalia Aristizabal
  • Ingrid Benedict
  • Carolina Bortolleto
  • Jesus Cisneros
  • Lucas Codognolla
  • Elizabeth Cuña
  • Catherine Eusebio
  • Mayra Hidalgo
  • Alonso Lucero
  • Pamela Reséndiz
  • Raymond Rico
  • Frances Valdez
  • Karla Vazquez