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Take Note: Illinois Extends Law That Provides Assistance to Trafficking Victims
Posted on: 8/14/2019

Last week Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 2118 into law, extending the Survivor Support and Trafficking Prevention Act through June 30, 2022.

The Act covers healthcare services for eligible non-citizens, including medical assistance eligibility for certain foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture or other serious crimes.

The law applies to victims and their derivative family members* if such persons reside in Illinois and meet income guidelines. Victims who qualify can receive cash assistance benefits, including those provided under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) web page, Medical Benefits for Non-citizen Victims of Trafficking, Torture or Other Serious Crimes.

The law, which originally took effect Jan. 1, 2018, expired June 30, 2019. With last week’s bill signing, the Act has been extended to 2022.

You can also contact ISMS' advocacy team with questions at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by email


*  “Derivative family member” includes a person who is the spouse, child, parent or sibling under age 18 of the victim who is eligible. A spouse must have been married to the victim before the victim entered the United States to be eligible.

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