UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.
On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that it would offer many DREAM Act-eligible youths protection from deportation. These youths, whether or not they are currently in deportation proceedings, will be able to apply for “deferred action,” which would temporarily shield them from deportation and enable to live and work legally in the US.
Five criteria to be met
- They must have come to the US before they turned 16;
- They must have not yet turned 30 when they apply;
- They must have continuously resided in the US since June 15, 2007, and must have been present in the US on June 15, 2012;
- They must currently be in school, have received a high school diploma or GED, or been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces or the Coast Guard;
- They must not have been convicted of a felony, a “significant misdemeanor,” multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. Anyone applying for deferred action would need to go through a criminal background check.
Anyone who wants to apply should seek help only from immigration attorneys or non-profit organizations that work on immigration matters.
Find a free legal clinic in Chicago where you can get help filing your application.
|NAME||CONTACT INFORMATION||SERVICE AREAS|
|National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)||
208 S. LaSalle St.,Suite 2000
|Low-to-moderate income immigrants; immigration matters such as Visa processing, naturalization, deportation defense, asylum; intake by appointment only, Mondays, Wednesdays, and first Saturday of the month|
|Centro Romero||6216 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660
|Immigration assistance to Latino immigrants; walk-ins accepted|
|Chicago Legal Clinic||2938 E. 91st St.
Chicago, IL 60617
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.clclaw.org
|Bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, domestic violence, landlord/tenant matters, tort defense, contract law, wills, immigration|
|Chicago Volunteer Legal Services||100 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.cvls.org
|Civil cases, general practice (low income), bankruptcies, divorce, guardianship, adoption, tort defense, collection defense, landlord/tenant|
|Community Economic Development Law Project||188 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.cedlp.org
|Non-profit community-based organizations focused on housing and economic development, and individuals pursuing small business development with the goal of economic self-sufficiency|
|Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS)||910 W. Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60607
Hotline: 312-738-9200 (English); 312-421-4478 (Español)
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.carpls.org
|Family law, consumer fraud, landlord/tenant matters, bankruptcy, debt collection cases, garnishments, contract law, housing discrimination, disability law, Medicare/Medicaid cases, elder law, veterans’ matters; intake via hotline 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with hours extended on Wednesday until 7:30 p.m.|
|DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service||126 S. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: users.anet.com
|Family law, appellate advocacy, bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, wills, not-for-profit corporate advice for charities serving low-income persons, tort defense, collection defense, criminal misdemeanor, Social Security cases; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday|
|Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Inc.||220 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60604
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.lcbh.org
|Landlord/tenant matters, unsafe housing, evictions, lockouts, utility shutoffs; potential cases reviewed twice weekly|
|Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services||14 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.metrofamily.org
|Family law services ranging from advice to full litigation; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday|
|Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago||111 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.lafchicago.org
|Family law, public aid matters, Social Security, migrant issues, domestic violence|
|Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy||20 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312-408-1210
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.life-span.org
|Domestic violence cases (Cook County), divorce, orders of protection, custody cases; intake by phone 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; no walk-ins accepted|
|Pro Bono Advocates||28 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60602
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Web Address: www.probonoadvocates.org
|Domestic violence cases/civil orders of protection for low-income residents of Cook County; walk-ins accepted from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday|
|Uptown Peoples Law Center||4404 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
|Public aid, disability law, evictions|
|Will County Legal Assistance Program||5 E. Van Buren St.
Joliet, IL 60432
|Civil legal services to low-income and indigent residents of Will County; intake via telephone|