At Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center, I work with immigrant survivors of crime to help them secure immigration status in the United States. I love doing this work because it helps protect and empower people by giving them security that they might not otherwise receive.
This year, a woman who we've been working with for over three years, MW, was finally able to receive permanent residency. MW contacted Maxwell Street in the summer of 2019 when she was in an abusive marriage. She describes this period as “a time in my life when I was pretty much displaced and vulnerable, and I needed support. I needed a legal team.”
Maxwell Street was proud to step up and be the legal team that MW needed. Over the three years that we worked with her, we secured work authorization for M.W. and fought to keep her case moving through pandemic-related governmental delays. Now, MW has her green card! She is a permanent resident of the United States, a successful real estate agent, and is thriving in her new life.
When navigating our country’s complex immigration system, MW explained that “Having experienced legal help, and help with a heart, makes it so much easier.”
MW—and Kentuckians like her—are the reason that we do this work. Your support means that more immigrant crime survivors can receive safety and security in Kentucky, especially during this time of unprecedented uncertainty and need.
Give now! Kentuckians need you more than ever. We’re proud to be in the fight for equal justice with people like you, and we’re deeply grateful for your support.
Interim Program Director of
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic