April 18, 2023 “Tips and Guidance for Helping Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Access Publically Funded Benefits and Services”


Tips and Guidance for Helping Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Access Publicly Funded Benefits and Services, April 18, 2023 (PowerPoint) [pdf]

When unaccompanied immigrant youth survivors of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and other crimes begin the process of filing for protections under U.S. immigration laws, their ability to access publicly funded benefits and services expands. Best practices are employed when professionals working with this community of immigrant children know how to quickly access legally correct information on which federal and state funded public benefits and services immigrant children are eligible to receive. This webinar will provide attendees with detailed information on the full range of publicly funded benefits and services unaccompanied immigrant youth can access in their states. The webinar will also highlight the best practices for accompanying and assisting immigrant survivors applying for benefits such as housing, health care, income support, food stamps, driver’s licenses, education, childcare, unemployment insurance and other benefits. Some publicly funded benefits and services are open to all immigrants without regard to immigration status. Public benefits eligibility varies by state, by form of immigration case, age of the child, youth and the benefit the victim is seeking. Additionally, the webinar will demonstrate how participants can use NIWAP’s new online benefits map and state-by-state charts. The webinar demonstration will focus on the following states: California, Texas, D.C, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York.

Training Materials

If you are a victim advocate, attorney, judge, or other professional working with an immigrant victim and you would like to receive case specific technical assistance on access to publically funded benefits and services that an immigrant crime victim or immigrant child would be eligible to receive in you state, please call NIWAP for technical assistance.  (202) 274-4457 or email us at info@niwap.org.  You can also visit the public benefits section of NIWAP’s web library https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/topic/public-benefits/ 

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Public Benefits Interactive Maps and State Charts


Legal Rights Overviews and Brochures

Regulations and Policies

Public Benefits and Services for Immigrant Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Bench Cards, Flow Charts and Evidence Check Lists

Overviews and Chapters, Multiple Benefits

Public Charge and Immigrant Victims

Only Certain Law Enforcement and Benefits Workers Under Limited Circumstances Are Required Under Federal Law to Report Immigrants to DHS

Non-Work Social Security Numbers

Driver’s Licenses

Housing – Shelter and Transitional Housing

Housing – Public and Assisted


SNAP- Food Stamps


Child Care


Low-Income Home Energy and Weatherization Assistance Programs

Immigration Relief