Immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence who have not filed for immigration relief or who will not be filing for immigration relief can access healthcare from federally funded healthcare programs that are open to all persons without regard to the individual’s immigration status. Abused immigrants, as well as other immigrant children and adults, can access health-related services that are available to all individuals, regardless of their immigration status from:
- HHS funded unrestricted healthcare offered by HHS funded public, community and migrant health clinics
To find one of these health centers go to FIND A HEALTH CENTER, http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
- Emergency Medicaid
To learn what emergency Medicaid services are available to help immigrant survivors, see Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault, Chapter 17.1 Emergency Medicaid State-By-State Chart Access For Immigrant Victims (2010)
- Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) for healthcare related to crime victimization
Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault, Chapter 17.3 State-by-State Post-Assault Healthcare Chart (2013)
- Access to and payment for Forensic Exams for immigrant survivors of rape and sexual assault
Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault, Chapter 17.2 State-by-State Coverage for Forensic Costs (2010)
- Services that protect life and safety (shelter, transitional housing, soup kitchens, victim services, police assistance, justice system access)
Programs Open to All Immigrants
For a discussion of the range of healthcare, benefits, services and assistance open to all immigrant victims without regard to immigration status, see Breaking Barriers: A Complete Guide to Legal Rights and Resources for Battered Immigrants, Cecelia Olavarria, Amanda Baran, Leslye Orloff, & Grace Huang, Chapter 4.2 Public Benefits Access for Battered Immigrant Women and Children (2013)
For a list of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded programs available to all persons without regard to immigration status and a list of the programs that have immigrant restrictions, see Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault, Chapter 16.1 HHS Funded Programs Open to All Immigrants (2013)
© 2015 National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project. The contents of this publication may be reprinted. Any reprinting must be accompanied by the following acknowledgement: This material was reprinted from the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law.
This project was developed under grant number 2013-TA-AX-K009 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.