Happy Holidays from the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic!

We will be closed December 25 – January 1

¡ Felices fiestas de parte de la clínica legal de Highland Park-Highwood!

La clínica estará cerrada del 25 de diciembre al 1 de enero

We’re Moving!

New address as of early January:

491 Laurel Avenue

Highland Park, IL 60035

More details to come!

¡ Nos estamos moviendo!

Nueva dirección a partir de enero:

491 Laurel Avenue

Highland Park, IL 60035

¡Más detalles por venir!

IMPORTANT NEWS:  USCIS WILL ACCEPT DACA APPLICATIONS THAT WERE REJECTED BECAUSE OF USPS ERROR

If you mailed your DACA renewal and you believe that your renewal did not make it to USCIS by the October 5th, 2017 deadline due to USPS error, you may be able to resubmit your renewal request.   According to the most recent guidance from USCIS:

  • DHS has directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who resubmit their DACA renewal request with:
    • individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner;
    • and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.
  • Affected DACA requestors who do not have such proof may contact USPS, which will review the cases on an individual basis and provide a letter if appropriate.
  • USCIS will not accept requests that do not include individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner to be received by the October 5 deadline, and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.

For the complete statement from USCIS, click here.

If you believe this may have happened to you, please contact the Clinic at info@hphlegalaid.org or 847-926-1867.

NOTICIAS IMPORTANTES: USCIS ACEPTARÁ LAS APLICACIONES DE DACA QUE FUERON RECHAZADAS POR UN ERROR DE USPS

Si envió por correo su renovación de DACA y cree que su renovación no llegó a USCIS antes del 5 de octubre de 2017 debido a un error de USPS, es posible que pueda volver a enviar su solicitud de renovación. De acuerdo con la guía más reciente de USCIS:

  • DHS ha ordenado a USCIS que acepte solicitudes de renovación de DACA de personas que vuelven a presentar su solicitud de renovación de DACA con:
    • prueba individualizada de que la solicitud se envió originalmente de manera oportuna;
    • y que la causa de que se haya recibido después de la fecha límite del 5 de Octubre de 2017, fue resultado del error del servicio de correo de USPS.
  • Los solicitantes de DACA afectados que no tengan dicha prueba pueden ponerse en contacto con USPS, que revisará los casos de forma individual y proporcionará una carta, si corresponde.
  • USCIS no aceptará solicitudes que no incluyan pruebas individualizadas de que la solicitud se envió originalmente de manera oportuna para ser recibida antes de la fecha límite del 5 de octubre, y que la causa para la recepción después de la fecha límite del 5 de octubre de 2017 fue el resultado del error de servicio de correo USPS.

Para obtener la declaración completa de USCIS, haga clic en

Si cree que esto le puede haber sucedido, comuníquese con la Clínica a info@hphlegalaid.org o al 847-926-1867.

Upcoming Open Clinic

 Saturday, January 13, 2018

9am-12pm

At our new location!

491 Laurel Ave, Highland Park

Próxima clínica abierta

 Sábado, enero 13, 2018

9am-12pm

¡En nuestra nueva dirección!

491 Laurel Ave, Highland Park

Our Mission

The mission of the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income* individuals who live or work in Highland Park and Highwood in the areas of immigration, housing, and domestic violence.

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

A Message from Mayor Nancy Rotering

We are fortunate to live in a community that celebrates diversity and steps up to help its neighbors. The Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic was founded on these principles.

In 2013, I created the City of Highland Park Human Services Task Force, a group of over 250 volunteers ranging in age from 17-85. We assessed needs and inventoried services available. A comprehensive human services plan was created and immediate outcomes led to creatively addressing various service issues, including access to affordable legal services, particularly for our senior and immigrant populations.

A Board of Directors was formed, sponsors and partners created a strong foundation and a mission was developed: focus strictly on the most emergent issues of housing, immigration and domestic violence cases, as these areas present an immediate risk to health and welfare. In addition, the Clinic does not pursue Federal funding, allowing all clients, regardless of immigration status, to be served. This significantly distinguishes the Clinic from other regional legal aid clinics.

We are proud to partner with the City of Highland Park, the City of Highwood, Open Communities, HACES, A Safe Place and Shalva. With their help and more than 100 volunteer attorneys and other community volunteers,  the Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic provides comprehensive services and referrals to clients. Working with our local school districts, clergy and  Moraine Township, outreach to those in need and volunteers who wish to serve is broad and coordinated.

The Clinic serves as a beacon to our most vulnerable neighbors.  The need for critical legal services continues to grow. We pledge to provide outstanding legal services. We are grateful for the strong support we have received in the past and as we head into the future.

Mayor Nancy Rodkin Rotering

Founder and Honorary Chair

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