LMSA Legal Aid for DACA Students

$988 of $30k goal

Raised by 15 people in 4 months
Orlando Sola
on behalf of DACA-Eligible Latino Medical Students
 NEW YORK, NY
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) represents Latino medical students across the United States.  We work to encourage academic and professional excellence in our students through peer support and advocacy.

Over the past 4 years the LMSA Policy Committee has worked with medical students and advocacy organizations across the country to support our students who suffer from U.S. immigration law.  Many students have matriculated to medical school as DACA-eligible individuals, making their immigration status public in hopes of equal access to educational opportunities.  Our DACA-eligilble students have shared their fears of deportation not only for themselves, but for their families and loved ones. 

To ensure students in our network are able to access legal resources we are creating a Legal Aid fund for DACA-Eligible students in a immigration related legal crisis.  Executive powers will be transferred to Donald Trump on January 26th, 2017.  We hope to raise $30,000 for DACA-eligible Latino students by that date.

LMSA is a non-profit, student lead organization, and all funds will be directed towards legal relief for our students.  Latino medical students will be prioritized to recieve funds, followed by Latino students and individuals who may not be in medical school.  Any left over funds will be used for educational scholarships for DACA-eligible students.  We sincerely thank you for your compassion and support for aspiring Latino medical students.
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Update 5
Posted by Orlando Sola
3 months ago
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Hello LMSA supporters ,

I would like to take a moment to share our gratitude to everyone who has donated to this movement with both financial and time resources. None of our work would be possible without your support!

As a 501c3 organization, all donations to LMSA are tax deductible. Please see the information below to deduct your donations from your taxable income.


"The Latino Medical Student Association is a not-for-profit corporation exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to the provision of Section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended and the Treasury Regulations issued thereunder (the "Code"). For your information, the organization's tax ID # is 51-0458689."
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Update 4
Posted by Orlando Sola
3 months ago
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Please enjoy the op-ed written by the chair of the LMSA Immigration Caucus.

For the full publication please visit:
https://reflectivemeded.org/2016/11/14/filling-the-vacuum-immigration-health-policy-and-latino-leadership-in-medicine/


Filling the Vacuum: Immigration, Health Policy and Latino Leadership in Medicine

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
-Donald Trump

The history of the United States is defined by waves of immigration, starting first with English religious migrants and moving through migration from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Though we have seen periods of migration from a variety of cultures and ethnicities, the Latino experience has been particularly entwined in our country’s history and reaches back to the very founding of the nation, when lands inhabited by Spanish-speaking communities were integrated into the new American social fabric. Despite this long history of Latino migration, however, the history of discourse surrounding Latino economic and political migrants has been fraught with bigotry and historical myopia from its political leaders. We need look no further than our own presidential election to find examples…

As such, the Latino community has been, and continues to be, the subject of countless debate questions, conferences, and political advertisements in the current media. Yet few, if any, of the individuals involved in current political discourse have understand the Latino experience in America. Latino migrational trends continue to grow as Latinos are the fasting growing demographic in the United States – in fact, during the decade of 2000-2010, half of the nation’s population growth was due to Latino immigrants alone. Despite these demographic shifts, the Latino population continues to suffer from a dearth of political advocates. The growth in the Latino population, coupled with a lack of political agency, is magnified in health policy, where debates are based on politically motivated anecdotes instead of empiric data endorsed by individuals with expertise in both health care provision and health policy.

In the wake of this, and the current schism dividing our country regarding issues affecting the Latino community, it will be crucial to ensure a productive and positive political discourse moving forward. So the question stands: Who will lead Latino men, women, and children towards a future of health equity? Who will represent Latinos in the fight for justice and dignity in health care?

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) has answered this call and taken important steps towards ensuring future generations of Latinos benefit from immigration policy. LMSA students provide a voice for rising leaders within the Latino community. These future advocates will create the policy solutions to meet the needs of a growing Latino community in the United States.

In 2014, a group of DACA-eligible students joined the LMSA policy committee looking for peer support and a venue for advocacy. This group of leaders became the seed of the LMSA Immigration Caucus: a collection of students, residents, and physicians focused on advocating for the rights of immigrant medical students and the patients they serve. Through them, a new beacon for the improvement of immigration policy has been formed.

The immigration caucus and the LMSA training curriculum in health policy represent a future where policies affecting Latino communities are not developed for the benefit of specific political groups, but are developed for the benefit of the Latino community itself. Through peer support, academic achievement, and political advocacy, the LMSA Immigration Caucus will help shape a future where Latino medical students and physicians are empowered to advocate for their patients. We are here to build a greater future, and to make America great – truly great – in a way we can all be proud of.

“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.”
-James Madison
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Update 3
Posted by Orlando Sola
3 months ago
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While you're able to donate on any day of the year, #givingtuesday is a time for generous philanthropy to those most in need. In the past weeks, many disenfranchised groups have found themselves thrown into the crosshairs of hateful rhetoric, violent racism, and fear. One such group is that of our DACA student population. These are a dedicated, hard-working group of individuals that have been granted the ability to live, work, and study here, positively contributing to the fabric of our society and the integrity of our country, yet now face the reality of losing all that they contribute and will continue to contribute to our nation if the President-elect's rhetoric comes to pass. The Latino Medical Student Association is dedicated to providing support to these hardworking individuals, and has consequently set up a Go Fund Me to provide legal assistance and future scholarly aid to said individuals. We would ask that on this day, you contribute to their future and the future of our country, and to help spread awareness of all that this talented group brings to our great nation.

Please see below for personal stories from our DACA students and for more ways to get involved, and thank you - together we can make America truly great.
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Posted by Orlando Sola
3 months ago
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Welcome from the LMSA Policy Committee. We hope you take time to review our posts here and contribute to providing support for the DACA students in medical school.

We will be posting narratives from DACA students and updates on our work as we put together a cohesive response to upcoming crisis in immigration.
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$988 of $30k goal

Raised by 15 people in 4 months
Created November 13, 2016
Orlando Sola  
on behalf of DACA-Eligible Latino Medical Students
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