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Global Lex, a part of the Mayor's office, is the city's multilingual, multidisciplinary, international center. Global Lex serves our foreign-born population and local residents to obtain information and access programs and services. We also meet to celebrate cultural events and invite you to visit our international art gallery. Global Lex is available to facilitate strategic partnerships in various fields to meet our city's and our growing international community's needs. Volunteers and interns are welcome!
Housing and eviction prevention
Are you facing issues with housing or eviction notices?
Violence prevention assistance
Assistance with addressing violent crime.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition
If you are a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault, contact one of the agencies listed below.
For any further information, contact Global Lex staff.
Driver's education videos and materials for limited English speakers in available Arabic, French, and Swahili. More languages to come.
Lexington’s international population
Lexington is home to a diverse internaltional population.
Presentations and training
Cross-Cultural Communication Training for local and immigrant participants
For the international community: presentations available on American cultures and laws, financial literacy, emergency preparedness and domestic violence prevention and more.
International Community Information
For the local community: presentations to learn more about the international population in Lexington, including subgroups, languages, and demographic information.
Global Lex has rolling applications for internships. University students with an interest in international community service, world affairs, cross-cultural communication, etc. are encouraged to apply by sending a resume and requesting an interview. Interns are expected to continue the program for one academic year. Fall to spring or spring to fall. Interns intending to work only one semester or for the summer are accepted with increased hours.
Community Response Coalition
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
For multilingual victim assistance see: Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition
Lexington Public Library
Mango Languages – Learn English and other languages online.
Lexington Human Rights Commission
Kentucky Interpreter and Translator Association (interpreter training)
Lexington Human Trafficking Task Force
RadioLex (see the language selection window option on the upper right)
International and multicultural university higher and adult education links:
University of Kentucky International Center
International Student & Scholar Services
Education Abroad & Exchanges
Office of China Initiatives
UK Center for English as a Second Language
Bluegrass Community & Technical College Newtown Campus / Carnegie Operation Read
English as a Second Language
The multicultural affairs coordinator is charged with assessing the service needs of Lexington’s limited English proficient individuals. The office provides the government with Title VI assistance, cross-cultural communication training and outreach to our international communities. It is also available to provide this assistance to the community at large on request.
To support the city and its residents, individually and collectively, to thrive in today’s global environment through the deliberate encouragement of civic engagement, mutual and cultural understanding, economic and artistic diversity.