What is an Order of Protection?

An order of protection is issued by the court to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person. It is used to address various types of safety issues, including, but not limited to situations involving domestic violence. Family Courts, criminal courts, and Supreme Courts can all issue orders of protection.

An order of protection may direct the offending person not to injure, threaten or harass you, your family, or any other person(s) listed in the order. It may include, but is not limited to, directing him/her to:

  • stay away from you and your children
  • move out of your home
  • follow custody orders
  • pay child support
  • not have a gun

What are the different Orders of Protection?

Emergency Order of Protection
An Emergency Order of Protection (EOP) is a court order that protects its holder - called the petitioner - from harm by a person named in the order - called the respondent, who is not required to know about the hearing. An EOP takes effect as soon as the judge approves it and lasts for only 14 to 21 days. When the EOP is issued, the court sets a hearing for a Plenary Order.

Since the respondent is not given notice of the hearing the types of remedies that may be ordered in an Emergency Order of Protection are limited. The court may not order counseling, changes to custody arrangements for minor children, payment of maintenance or child support, or monetary damages in an Emergency Order of Protection.

Plenary Order of Protection
A Plenary Order is issued by a judge after a hearing with both the petitioner - the person seeking safety- and the respondent - the person accused of abuse. The petitioner must be present in court to get the order and the respondent must be notified about the hearing although is not required to show up. A Plenary Order lasts for up to 2 years.

Interim Order of Protection
Interim orders of protection protect the petitioner during the period between the time that the respondent has received notice of the petition and the time that a final hearing on the merits can be conducted.

Free Ethics CLE on Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

11:30 am- 1:30 pm

at the Highland Park Police Department Training Room

1677 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park

There is no cost for attending the seminar.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jan Baranczak at jbaranczak@nlegalaid.org or contact us by phone at 847.737.4042

2019 DACA Renewal Clinic

The Highland Park- Highwood Legal Aid Clinic in partnership with Glenview Youth Services and Astellas will provide free legal services to help with the DACA renewal process.

Attorneys will be on site during the clinic at Glenview Youth Services (3080 West Lake Ave, Glenview, IL) on January 12 from 1pm-3pm. To reserve a spot please call Lia at the Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid Clinic (847-737-4042) by January 14.

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Please help spread the word by downloading the PDF and printing our flyer regarding DACA Renewals (linked above), and then put it up at your place of work or on bulletin boards around your town. Feel free to also share on social media.

Immigrant Heritage Month 2019

June is dedicated to sharing the stories of the immigrants that make America what it is today and supporting diversity in our nation. Every family has an immigration story, or knows someone who is an immigrant. We sure do!

To celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month here are some immigration stories from our clients and staff.

Lia, Director of Immigration 

“My father was a college professor in South Korea. When we arrived to the U.S. back in 1985, my father got a job as a delivery man. When my dad realized his job couldn’t support his wife and three children, he went back to South Korea to continue teaching. My mom stayed behind to raise us, kids, while she worked 12 hour days at her own business. For almost 18 years my father sent back almost his entire salary to the states and only came to see us during his vacations. When I passed the bar and I called my dad in S. Korea, he cried and told me that I made his American dream come true, and all those years apart were worth it. That photo is of me and my dad- my Superman and the reason why I’m a lawyer today.”

Jose, Client

Jose came to City of Highland Park, Illinois – Government from Juárez, Mexico on a tourist visa in 2015 to visit his girlfriend. Once he arrived, he heard about the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic from friends at a local business. Staff and volunteer attorneys at the clinic provided him with trusted legal advice and guided Jose through the process of gaining residency. Jose loves his new life here in the U.S. and is hoping to bring his mother here in the near future.

Esteban, Accredited Representative

“Both my parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico nearly forty years ago. Each arrived with no more than a fourth-grade education because they came from very poor families that necessitated them giving up school to help raise their siblings. However, these unfortunate circumstances molded my parents into the hardest workers I have ever known and my constant inspiration. For decades, my father worked twelve-hour shifts as a cook in numerous restaurants and my mom worked multiple jobs at the same time, ranging from housekeeper to seamstress. These demanding work schedules provided for little family time, but I recognized it as a necessary sacrifice because of their dedication to my sister and me. Their extraordinary work ethic and perseverance have been my greatest motivating factor as I now pursue a law degree to help others like them.”

Gloriana Pacillo, Client

“I first came to the U.S. as a tourist in 1991 from Italy with my husband and three daughters to visit family in Highwood. We were only supposed to stay for a few months, but my family and I decided to stay because even though we knew living here undocumented would be difficult, life back home was very harsh. It was very hard living here without any kind of papers and having to work many jobs for little money, but I just wanted to provide my children with a better future. Twenty-four years later and after many consultations with attorneys that gave me no hope of getting a green card I came across the information for the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic in a newspaper. They were able to help me for free and around my birthday in December of 2015, I was approved for my green card. It was the best birthday present I have ever gotten and the first thing I did was visit my mother back in Italy after so many years of not seeing her.”

The political climate towards immigration has been volatile. Our staff and volunteer attorneys have responded quickly to changes in policy and law. We could not do it without your support. Thanks for all that you do!