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AMA: Legal Resources for DACA & Undocumented GW Student Entrepreneurs

March 4, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:30 CST

This will guide students who identify as DACA-mented or are undocumented on how to navigate the US legal system as they build businesses!

Many of the companies in today’s US market were all founded, completely or in part, by immigrants and DACA recipients. In major cities, many undocumented entrepreneurs have launched businesses ranging from street vending to tech startups. In fact, more than 5% of DACA recipients under the age of 25 have started a small business and 8% of Dreamers over 25 years old are entrepreneurs and employing workers. By supporting DACA recipients and undocumented individuals – we are also supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators that will help grow the American economy.

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, presents the AMA (Ask-Me-Anything): Legal Resources for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) & Undocumented GW Student Entrepreneurs session. This session will feature a brief lecture on general guidance for how students who identify as being part of DACA or are undocumented can navigate the US legal system as they pursue their entrepreneurial dreams through creating a small business or startup venture. This session will help students understand all of the resources available to them whether they decide or continue their startup / business venture in the DMV area or across the country. Some of the session’s resources may include preparing students for the upcoming tax season, understanding what it may look like to work for your business, available financial support, and more.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Small Business Legal Assistance Program provides free legal advice, education, and information to existing and aspiring small business owners. Staff Attorney Christine Kulumani counsels small business owners, develops legal resources, trains entrepreneurs and community partners, and trains and supervises attorneys wishing to volunteer their time and expertise to help small businesses in our community.

Christine is a GW alumna. In 2017 she graduated from the George Washington University Law School with honors.

Paulina Vera, Esq. supervises GW Law Immigration Clinic students and provides legal representation to asylum-seekers and respondents facing deportation in Immigration Court. She is a Professorial Lecturer In Law and has previously taught Immigration Law

Ms. Vera previously served as the only Immigration Staff Attorney at the Maryland-based non-profit, CASA.

She is a double GW alumna. In 2015, she graduated from the George Washington University Law School. During law school, she was a student-attorney at the Immigration Clinic. In 2012, she graduated from GW with a Bachelor in Arts in International Affairs, concentrating on Latin American Studies and International Politics and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature.

Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.

This session will be recorded, transcribed, and captioned to help accommodate students with disabilities.