Lingua Franca and Voto Latino Team Up to Support Dreamers This Holiday Season

"Dream on Dreamers" collection by Lingua Franca. Model: Paola MendozaBeginning on Saturday, December 1, Lingua Franca will kick off its “dream on dreamers” collection, with a portion of all store proceeds, and $100 of every “dream on dreamers” sweater purchased online going to support Dreamers through Voto Latino’s UndocuNeighbor Defense Fund.

While the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the thousands of Dreamers it protects is hanging in the balance in our courts, the UndocuNeighbor Defense Fund, established by Voto Latino and King & Spalding, LLP, is a coalition of law firms, private industry, and experts providing legal representation and financial assistance to Dreamers. A critical need is covering the government renewal fee. DACA allows Dreamers to continue to live, work and contribute to our communities nationwide. Proceeds from Lingua Franca “dream on dreamers” will help cover this application fee.

“As a low income and single mom of a five-year-old, I was very worried that I wouldn’t be able to renew my permit before the deadline, and it was really putting a lot of stress on not only me, but my daughter as well,” said Maria, a Dreamer in living in Kansas. “I simply want to be able to work to provide for her, and I’m thankful that there are good people out there in this world who donate and care enough to help someone in a time of need. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for everything you do to make this possible for people like me.”

The month-long benefit kicks off this Saturday at Lingua Franca’s New York City flagship store.

“I’m inspired and humbled by the Dreamers”, said Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, co-founder and CEO of Lingua Franca. “‘This is the country they’ve called home since they were children, and they have as great of a right to be here as any of us. I am hopeful that one day soon we will make it much easier for them to exist here, their home.”

So far, UndocuNeighbor Defense Fund has helped nearly 200 Dreamers renew their applications to the DACA program.

“We are thrilled to join efforts with Lingua Franca to support Dreamers. Not only does the joint effort raise awareness for DACA, but the proceeds alter a person’s future. Few holiday gifts can quite literally have such a humanitarian impact,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino President. “We’re so grateful that Rachelle and her team reached out.”

Funds donated to UndocuNeighbor Defense Fund will allow Dreamers to remain in the US and continue to be positive agents of change.