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Legal Needs (Undocumented students, LGBTQ+, child custody, etc.)

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

While courts may be acting in a limited capacity, we know legal situations still abound and complicate other needs. We are not legal experts and will try to point you to the right people.

Undocumented students

Being undocumented in America is hard on a normal day. Questions about access to healthcare and federal relief are important and challenging to answer.

The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation at has done an incredible job compiling a massive list of resources. We highly recommend reaching out to specific organizations when seeking assistance and asking for more information about their hours or changes to their services during the pandemic.

Colleges Providing Emergency Funds to Undocumented Students verified May 14, 2020 The Department of Education has arbitrarily excluded undocumented students from receiving financial aid through the CARES Act. Use this list to find schools that are taking action and providing emergency funds for undocumented students.
Informed Immigrant “Resources for Immigrants During the Coronavirus Crisis” verified April 21, 2020 This guide provides state and national resources and a national service directory for undocumented immigrant communities during the coronavirus crisis.
National Legal Directory for Undocumented Communities verified April 21, 2020 Immigration Advocates can help direct you to free or low-cost legal help nationwide. Be sure to connect with the specific organization when seeking assisting and ask for more information about their hours or changes to their services during the pandemic.
Immigrant Workers' Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance verified April 23, 2020 This publication does a great job addressing how immigrant workers must satisfy same basic requirements as other workers to be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI).

Child custody issues

We know many students are also parents, and custody conversations don’t end just because coronavirus has appeared.

How to Handle Child Custody and Visitation With a High-Risk Child During the Covid-19 Outbreak - NOLO verified March 20, 2020 NOLO has put together this article walking through the legal ramification fo COVID-19 on child visitation and custody. It explicitly explains Emergency Custody Orders that may be useful for parents right now.

LBGTQ+ Resources

Legal Rights and Resources verified June 29, 2020 GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders prepared a list of resources for the LGBTQ community to utilize during COVID-19 including information on knowing your rights, healthcare resources, support hotlines, online groups to stay connected and much more.
A Know Your Rights Guide for Transgender People Navigating COVID-19- TLDEF verified June 2, 2020 TLDEF has prepared Know Your Rights guide for transgender and non-binary people who are grappling with questions related to employment, housing, health care, identification, and accessing assistance from government agencies among other issues. The guide is available in both English and Español.

General or other questions:

If you're looking for legal help or have questions about COVID-19 and your rights, consider visiting to look up information in your area.

COVID-19: The Law and Your Legal Rights During the Coronavirus Outbreak - NOLO verified March 20, 2020 NOLO, an online legal site, has written extensively about the impact of Covid-19 on a wide array of law from business and personal injury, through immigration and evictions. They also cover how to safely communicate with a lawyer during the stay-in orders.
Virtual ABA Free Legal Answers verified April 15, 2020 Free Legal Answers is a free virtual legal advice clinic to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal matters to those who cannot afford it.
Law Help National Directory verified April 15, 2020 This directory helps individuals find free legal aid programs, information, and forms for your state or territory.

Additional Covid-19 related legal resource links:

Please note: Edquity does not endorse nor is Edquity associated with any business, organization, product or service that is mentioned in these Guides. Edquity is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information provided, which may change over time. We encourage you to contact the business or organization listed to receive the most up-to-date information.


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