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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

A program for people who came to the U.S. as children. DACA allowed a person to stay in the U.S. and get a temporary work permit. People can apply to renew DACA, but it is​ too late to apply for the first time.
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

The U.S. Department of Justice decides which non-profit organizations and which of their staff members can help immigrants with their immigration cases.

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Deported (Deportation)

When someone is:

  • ordered to leave the country, or
  • removed from the country.

See also: "Removal"

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Documents

Official papers that prove an event or status, like birth or marriage certificates.

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DOJ Accredited Representative

A DOJ Rep is a person who is authorized to help immigrants with their immigration cases. All DOJ Reps have special training and immigration experience. To know if someone is accredited, look for their name on the Department of Justice (DOJ) list.

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DOJ Recognition and Accreditation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) decides which non-profits and which of their legal service providers are qualified to help immigrants. They use these key terms: recognized and accredited. A nonprofit organization that qualifies to provide services to immigrants is called recognized. A person who works at a recognized non-profit who is qualified to provide legal services to immigrants is called accredited.

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Domestic Violence

Abuse or threats of abuse in an intimate relationship (people who are or were married, domestic partners, dating, living together, or have a child together).