*All State Public Benefits Charts and Map (2021)

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 (July 22, 2021)

Interactive Public Benefits Map

Guide for Using the Interactive Benefits Map

States

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

U.S. Territories

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