Resources for non-immigration status (undocumented) and DACA students

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Contact Luz for help:, 971-722-7986.

  • Monday – Thursday: 9am-5pm
  • Friday: by appointment

Sanctuary college: a place for all

Message from the PCC President
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“At the heart of Portland Community College is a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These values are essential to the college’s mission, to our accreditation themes, to the Board’s goals and objectives, and to the college’s strategic plan. In keeping with these values, the Portland Community College Board of Directors has moved to apply the term ‘sanctuary college’ to PCC.”Mark Mitsui
President, Portland Community College

See the complete statement, board resolution, and PCC procedure regarding immigration enforcement. The PCC community reaffirms Portland Community College’s support of and commitment to our DREAMers, DACA, and Undocumented students.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

What should DREAMers do now?

  • Renew!
    • If a DACA work permit expires in one year or less, the beneficiary should renew ASAP
    • $495 USCIS fee, prior approval, 2 passport photos
    • 3 weeks turnaround
  • Get a full immigration legal consultation
    • You may be eligible for some other form of relief
    • Other DACA beneficiaries have been eligible for a green card, consular processing, or U visa

The PCC CLEAR Clinic is a free legal clinic at PCC Cascade and can help you file a DACA application or renewal. Fill out their intake form to get started.

We are aware that many PCC members are experiencing uncertainty and anxiety around this matter. I encourage you to explore the resources within PCC and our community that are included below and that you reach out for support as needed. You are valuable members of our community and we support our DREAMers!


  • Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)
    In Oregon, eligible undocumented students have access to several ways to help pay for college. You can start by filling out the ORSAA to be eligible for state financial aid.
  • PCC DREAMers Scholarship
    Students are eligible for this scholarship opportunity if they are first-generation college students, demonstrate financial need, are ineligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid, and preference is given to students who speak Spanish, scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in a leadership program offered through the PCC Multicultural Center during the scholarship year. Applications will open up again in December 2017.
  • PCC Emergency Fund
    PCC has an emergency fund to support DREAMers and undocumented students – contact to apply.
  • Emergency loans and grants
    The college has limited funds either in small grant form (free money) or short-term, interest-free loans (money that needs to be repaid) to help students who experience a financial emergency that makes it difficult to stay in school.
  • PCC payment plan
    Our interest-free payment plans allow students to spread the cost of their education into affordable monthly or bi-weekly payments.
Attorney referrals
  • Casos generales
    • Immigrant Law Group: 503-241-0035 (Spanish)
    • Teresa Statler: 503-220-4185 (Spanish)
    • Immigration Counseling Services: 503-221-1689 (Spanish)
    • Philip Hornik: 503-243-2733 (Spanish)
    • Jennifer Morrissey: 503-224-5560 (Spanish)
    • Renee Cummings/Anna Ciesielski: 503-776-7900 (Spanish)
    • Ali Schneider: 503-764-9890 (Spanish)
    • Rachel Aitchison: 503-445-0130 (Spanish)
    • Kim Le: 503-517-0054 (Spanish)
  • Casos de detención
    • Jesse Maanao (good with criminals): 503-577-9611 (English)
    • Tilman Hasche: 503-241-1320 (Spanish)
    • Jeff Gonzalez: 503-274-1680 (Spanish)
    • Diana Bailey: 503-224-0950 (Spanish)
    • Rachel Game (Salem): 503-363-9903 (Spanish)
    • Justin Rollin: 503-274-1680 (Spanish)
    • John Marandas: 503-697-4834 (Spanish)
    • Nicole Nelson/Phillip Smith: 503-224-8600 (Spanish)
    • David Shomloo: 503-220-5045 (Spanish)
    • Eileen Sterlock: 503-928-4163 (Spanish)
    • Cole Enabnit & Eduardo Herrera (NWICD): 503-674-7434
    • Irma Valdez: 503-893-2150 (Spanish)
  • Casos de empleo/negocios
    • Brent Renison: 503-597-7190 (Spanish translators)
    • Nicole Nelson (Also tourist visas): 503-224-8600 (Spanish)
    • Jennifer Morrisey: 503-224-5560 (Spanish)
    • Dagmar Butte: 503-241-1320 (Spanish)
    • Brad Maier: 503-796-2440 (Spanish)
    • Jimmy Go: 503-224-8654 (Spanish)
  • Casos de violencia domestica
    • Catholic Charities: 503-231-4866 (Spanish)
    • Sherilyn Waxler: 503-281-0990 (Spanish)
    • Ali Schneider: 503-764-9890 (Spanish)
    • Renee Cummings/Anna Ciesielski: 503-776-7900 (free consults for survivors) (Spanish)
  • Otros
    • SOAR (limited case types): 503-284-3002
    • Robin Pope (Intl adoptions with immigration): 503-352-3524
  • Seattle/Tacoma
    • Erin Hall and Shannon Underwood: 206-787-1406 (Spanish)
    • Robert Pauw/ Devin Theriott Orr: 206-682-1080 (Spanish)
    • Manny Rios (Manuel Rios): 206-749-5600 (Spanish)
    • NW Immigrant Rights Project: 253-383-0519 (Spanish)
  • Eugene, OR
    • Katrina Kilgren: 541-600-8864 (Spanish)
  • Bend, OR
    • Callie Killebrew: 541-633-7933 (Spanish)
  • Southern Oregon
    • John Almaguer: 541-772-6969 (spanish)
  • Criminal defense attorneys
    • David Celuch (Multnomah County/Cons free): 503-388-4325 (no Spanish)
    • Andrew Myers (Wasco County, Hood River): 541-296-9601 (Spanish only)
    • Christopher McCormack (Multnomah County): 503-224-4825 (Spanish)
  • Worker’s right
    • Wage labor claims for Spanish speakers: Oregon hotline: 1-877-552-9832
    • Northwest Workers Justice Project (NWJP): 503-525-8454 (Spanish)
  • Family law
    • St. Andrews Legal Clinic (divorce/child custody)
      • NE Portland: 503-281-1500
      • Hillsboro: 503-648-1600
  • Domestic violence advocates
    • Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
      • 24-hour crisis line: 503-640-5311 (Spanish)
      • Office: 503-626-9100 (Spanish)
    • El Programa Hispano Project UNICA
      • 24-hour Spanish crisis line: 503-232-4448
      • Gresham Office: 503-669-8350 (Spanish)
      • Portland Office: 503-688-2630 (Spanish)
    • The Gateway Center
      • Office: 503-988-6400
      • After hours: Portland Women’s Crisis Line: 503-235-5333

Para más abogados visite AILA’s Immigration Lawyer Search

  • Your FERPA rights at PCC 
    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the education records of any student who has ever enrolled at PCC.
  • PCC CLEAR Clinic
    The PCC CLEAR Clinic is a free legal clinic at PCC Cascade and can help you file a DACA application or renewal. Fill out their intake form to get started.
  • Report an incident
    At PCC, we take care of each other. We keep each other healthy, protected, and free from self-harm. Are you worried about a student? Did you see something questionable? Are you experiencing discrimination in the workplace? Please tell someone!
  • Counseling Services
    PCC offers free, confidential, short-term (1-8 sessions) counseling services to currently-enrolled students. Counselors assist students with academic, personal, and career counseling, and work with students to improve study skills, reduce test anxiety, choose a career, manage stress, and locate community resources.
  • Multicultural Center
    The Multicultural Center provides a brave space, a welcoming environment to support, retain, and empower diverse students to achieve academic excellence and become brave leaders who challenge and dismantle systems of oppression within PCC and their communities.
  • Women’s Resource Center
    The Portland Community College Women’s Resource Centers provide a central location for services that support the academic achievement of women and promote a campus community that is safe, inclusive, and equitable. Our goal is to increase access to education for women, improve the retention of women students at the college, and encourage women’s leadership development. We welcome students of all genders.
  • Queer Resource Center
    The Portland Community College Queer Resource Centers facilitate a campus community that intentionally advocates for, supports, and empowers students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexualities, sexes, gender identities, and gender expressions. We conduct educational outreach as well as provide a safer, welcoming space that offers both academic and personal support to Portland Community College’s LGBTQQ and Ally communities.
  • Veterans Resource Center
    The Veterans Resource Centers provide a safer space for our veteran students to receive peer networking support services and resources to improve their successful integration into educational society. We provide an environment where veterans can go to de-escalate, decompress, network, and socialize with other veterans.
  • Career Exploration Center
    PCC Career Resource Centers are the place to go for help with exploring career options and finding career information.
  • Public Safety
    • Emergency: 971-722-4444 or 911
      Report crime, suspicious activity, or injury
    • Non-Emergency: 971-722-4902
      Safety escorts and other non-emergency services
  • PCC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Benefitted staff only
    The EAP provides services free and confidential services to help people privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family, and other important areas of life. The EAP provides free and confidential services to eligible employees, their spouses or domestic partners, dependents, and household members, related or not.