Thank you to everyone, who donated to us and our umbrella organization, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, during the Good Giving Campaign 2018. We are thrilled and humbled by your generosity. We are committed to do our very best to continue helping our clients and the community in our capacity. THANK YOU!!!!

Good Giving Nov. 27 until Dec. 3, 2018

We MOVED to the Blevins House at 315 Lexington Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508. Basically across the street from our previous location, behind the Maxwell Presbyterian Church. Our clients and visitors can still park at the church parking lot, as always.
(Updated 10/19/2018)

Blevins House at 315 Lexington Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival)
Updated - 08/27/2018

We are currently filing DACA renewals if they expired or are about to expire. At the moment, we can only file DACA cases of people who have DACA now or had DACA in the past.
Advanced Parole (permission to travel and re-enter the US) applications for DACA recipients are not being accepted by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Also, USCIS does not accept completely new DACA application, i.e. DACA applications for persons who never had DACA.

Here is a god summary of the state of DACA as published by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC):

Current Status of the DACA Program:
For now, anyone who has or has had DACA can continue to renew their DACA. Those who have never had DACA are not eligible for DACA now. The fate of DACA is complicated by the fact that it is being litigated in four different parts of the country. Below is a summary overview of the litigation.

 September 5, 2017: The Trump administration terminated the DACA program.

 January 9, 2018: A San Francisco federal judge ordered USCIS to accept DACA renewals nationwide but did not restart initial DACAs or advance parole. This case is currently on appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court which includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

 January 13, 2018: USCIS began accepting DACA renewals again.

 February 13, 2018: A New York federal judge also ordered DACA renewals to resume and did not restart initial DACAs or advance parole. The government appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The parties have until October 5, 2018 to submit supplemental briefs, and no hearing date has been set. The Second Circuit includes the states of Connecticut, New York and Vermont.

 April 24, 2018: A District of Columbia federal judge originally ruled that the Trump administration must restart the DACA program in its entirety. However, because this case is currently on appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, on August 17, 2018, the judge stayed part of his decision and did not require the government to accept initial DACA applications or DACA advance parole requests. At the same time, he ruled that the government must continue to accept DACA renewals while the case is on appeal.

 August 8, 2018: A Texas federal judge heard a case in which several states seek to shut down the DACA program entirely. The judge is still considering the arguments. The expectation is that he will order the program to be shut down. The case is then likely to be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit which includes the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. DACA UPDATE By Krsna Avila, Veronica Garcia and Sally Kinoshita DACA UPDATE 2 DACA UPDATE It is hard to predict the outcome of all the pending litigation. There are a number of possible scenarios that could happen:

 DACA renewals could continue to be accepted for some time while the litigation continues;

 The entire DACA program could be terminated throughout the country based on the Texas judge’s ruling; or

 The DACA program could be terminated in some regions of the country based on the Texas judge’s ruling. The litigation will almost certainly eventually head to the U.S. Supreme Court. With only eight justices currently on the Supreme Court, the timing and outcome of the DACA litigation is very uncertain.

We will update this web page as new information becomes available.

Thanks to the Kentucky Bar Foundation for providing funds to help with our "Maxwell Street Legal Clinic: Ensuring Security, Completing the Journey" Project.

Check out our brochures (PDF) for an overview of our services!

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Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center,
a non-profit poverty law advocacy center. We are a trusted source of high quality,
low cost legal assistance for the immigrant and refugee communities of Kentucky.

This year (2018) we are one of 28 agencies to receive grant funds
from the Fayette County Bar Foundation!

201 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40508

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Project elements relate closely to elements of the Foundation mission statement, as follows:

Improving the justice system by helping people in need: Maxwell Street Legal Clinic helps low-income immigrants with few resources and nowhere else to turn. The project will help families prepare crucial family documents that might not have been possible without access to low-cost legal services.

Providing information to the public: Onsite consultations, document prep workshops and offsite education sessions will empower hundreds of low-income immigrants with “toolkits” for emergency preparedness and at least 200 families with properly completed forms granting Power of Attorney, plus guidance on how to implement them.

Building trust in the legal system: Few subjects are as beset with rumor, misinformation and fear as immigration enforcement. Our project builds a protective bridge between immigration and family law. It shows parents that—absent abuse or neglect, and regardless of country of origin—the law supports the integrity of families and empowers them to make decisions about care for their children.

Engaging volunteer attorneys: It’s a testament to the mission and to the bar. Maxwell Street Legal Clinic has received offers to help. The project will enable a trained and coordinated corps of attorney volunteers to engage with new neighbors—and share a stake in their future.