Eligibility Requirements:

Clients must provide proof of residency or employment in Highland Park or Highwood to receive services.

Residents with incomes at 250% of the federal poverty level or below are eligible for pro bono services.* Households receiving public assistance (free or reduced lunch, food stamps, etc.) will automatically qualify for services. Special circumstances may be taken into account at the discretion of the Executive Director.

*There are no income requirements for survivors of domestic violence.


The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic (HPHLAC) is accredited through the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and provides immigration legal services to eligible immigrants seeking help with:

  • U-Visas
  • Citizenship applications
  • Certain waivers
  • Family-based permanent resident status and citizenship
  • Asylum and removal proceedings


HPHLAC assists with problems arising from landlord & tenant relations, including:

  • Evictions
  • Return of security deposits
  • Lease disputes
  • Lockouts, wrongful retaliation

You can view Highland Park Housing Ordinances by looking under Client Resources

Domestic Violence:

HPHLAC focuses on cases that involve personal safety form victims of domestic violence and their children, including:

  • Emergency Orders of Protection and Plenary Orders of Protection
  • Child support, custody, visitation and other family law matters where there is a risk to personal safety

To set up an appointment, please call 847-737-4042 or email us at 

 We have staff who are fluent in Spanish

Immigration status is irrelevant to eligibility for our pro bono services

Immigration Defense Fund

Help us fund a $40,000 Matching Challenge Grant to support our immigration practice!

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