*All State Public Benefits Charts and Interactive Public Benefits Map (2022)

Some publicly funded supports are open to all persons without regard to immigration status.  Other state and federal public benefits are only open to certain categories of immigrants. When immigrant survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and other crimes begin the process of filing for protections under U.S. immigration laws, their ability to access publicly benefits and services expands.  NIWAP’s works to ensure that professionals who work with immigrant survivors are knowledgeable about the forms of immigration relief available to victims.  Victim-based immigration remedies include Violence Against Women Act self-petitioning, U visas for victims of serious crime, T visas for victims of trafficking and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for abused, abandoned or neglected immigrant children. Useful screening tools that highlight which adults and child immigrant survivors are eligible for which forms of immigration relief can be accessed below:

Filing an application for one of forms of immigration relief designed to help victims can lead to eligibility for public and assisted housing, health insurance and subsidies, post-secondary education grants and loans, nutrition assistance, and state and/or federal public benefits that can be key stepping stones crucial to supporting immigrant survivors.  Which public benefits an immigrant survivor is eligible for depends on several factors:

  • The state in which a survivor lives;
  • The form of immigration relief the victim has been granted or has filed for;
  • When the victim first entered the United States; and
  • Which publicly funded benefits program or service the victim needs.

The resources on this page help professionals working with immigrant survivors identify which public benefits each particular immigrant survivor qualifies for in your state.  Using these tools together will help ensure that immigrant women, children and families receive access to the legal remedies and benefits for which they are eligible and which ensure safety, security, health, independence, and equitable access to justice and services for survivors and their children.

Please note that if you are working with an immigrant who has lawful permanent residency, has been granted humanitarian parole, or other qualified immigrant listed in 8 U.S.C. 1641(b), when using NIWAP’s benefits maps and charts the rules for access to state and federal public benefits will be generally the same as the eligibility rules that apply to VAWA self-petitioners.  The main difference is that there are some states that for certain benefits the state funded benefits may only be available to abused immigrants who are also qualified immigrants which includes all VAWA self-petitioners and may also include lawful permanent residents or humanitarian parolees who have also suffered abuse.  To quickly see which states offer greater access to some public benefits for abused immigrants see

State-Funded Public Benefits Comparison Chart (June 29, 2022)

Interactive Public Benefits Map

Guide for Using the Interactive Benefits Map

States

Alabama Public Benefits Chart (2022)Alabama Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Alaska Public Benefits Chart (2022)Alaska Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Arizona Public Benefits Chart (2022)Arizona Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Arkansas Public Benefits Chart (2022)Arkansas Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
California Public Benefits Chart (2022)California Public  Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Colorado Public Benefits Chart (2022)Colorado Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Connecticut Public Benefits Chart (2022)Connecticut Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Delaware Public Benefits Chart (2022)Delaware Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
District of Columbia Public Benefits Chart (2022)District of Columbia Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Florida Public Benefits Chart (2022)Florida Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Georgia Public Benefits Chart (2022)Georgia Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Hawaii Public Benefits Chart (2022)
Idaho Public Benefits Chart (2022)Idaho Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022) 
Illinois Public Benefits Chart (2022)Illinois Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Indiana Public Benefits Chart (2022)Indiana Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Iowa Public Benefits Chart (2022)Iowa Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Kansas Public Benefits Chart (2022)Kansas Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022) 
Kentucky Public Benefits Chart (2022)Kentucky Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Louisiana Public Benefits Chart (2022)Louisiana Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Maine Public Benefits Chart (2022) Maine Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Maryland Public Benefits Chart (2022)Maryland Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Massachusetts Public Benefits Chart (2022)Massachusetts Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Michigan Public Benefits Chart (2022)Michigan Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Minnesota Public Benefits Chart (2022) – Minnesota Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Mississippi Public Benefits Chart (2022)Mississippi Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Missouri Public Benefits Chart (2022)Missouri Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Montana Public Benefits Chart (2022)
Nebraska Public Benefits Chart (2022)Nebraska Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Nevada Public Benefits Chart (2022)Nevada Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
New Hampshire Public Benefits Chart (2022)New Hampshire Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
New Jersey Public Benefits Chart (2022) New Jersey Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
New Mexico Public Benefits Chart (2022)New Mexico Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
New York Public Benefits Chart (2022)New York Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
North Carolina Public Benefits Chart (2022)North Carolina Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
North Dakota Public Benefits Chart (2022)North Dakota Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Ohio Public Benefits Chart (2022)Ohio Public Benefits Screening Chart
Oklahoma Public Benefits Chart (2022)Oklahoma Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Oregon Public Benefits Chart (2022)Oregon Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Pennsylvania Public Benefits Chart (2022)Pennsylvania Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Rhode Island Public Benefits Chart (2022)
South Carolina Public Benefits Chart (2022)South Carolina Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
South Dakota Public Benefits Chart (2022)South Dakota Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Tennessee Public Benefits Chart (2022)Tennessee Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Texas Public Benefits Chart (2022)  – Texas Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Utah Public Benefits Chart (2022)Utah Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Vermont Public Benefits Chart (2022)Vermont Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Virginia Public Benefits Chart (2022)Virginia Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)

Washington Public Benefits Chart (2022)Washington Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
West Virginia Public Benefits Chart (2022)West Virginia Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Wisconsin Public Benefits Chart (2022)Wisconsin Public Benefits Screening Chart (2022)
Wyoming Public Benefits Chart (2022)

U.S. Territories

American Samoa
Guam
Northern Mariana Islands
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands Public Benefits Chart

This publication was developed under grant number SJI-20-E-005 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.