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Immigrant Community Resources

Updated 11-22-23

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights partners with over 60 nonprofit organizations that provide services throughout Illinois.

To connect with organizations for resources, please see the topics and links below.

Case Management Services

Organizations on this list can assist in multiple languages with Public Benefits, State Resource Centers, Food Pantries, Emergency Assistance, Financial Assistance, Housing, Utilities, and more.

Resources for Ukrainian Arrivals

Resources for Afghan Arrivals

  • Afghan Arrivals Hotline (1-855-685-2998): Dari and Pashto interpreters are available.

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Resources for Southern Border Arrivals

Legal Services
Domestic Violence

Between Friends Chicago: Whether you're in an urgent crisis situation or healing from a past abusive relationship, you can call Between Friends Chicago on their toll-free hotline: 1-800-603-4357. Trained domestic violence staff and volunteers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on their toll-free hotline.

The Network, Advocating Against Domestic ViolenceThe Network is a group of 40+ organizations dedicated to advocating against domestic violence. The Network Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-863-6338.

IDHS Domestic Violence Victim ServicesDomestic violence programs located throughout Illinois provide safety assistance to victims of domestic violence.

  • IDHS Domestic Violence Helpline:

    • 1-877-TO END DV or 1-877-863-6338 (Voice)

    • 1-877-863-6339 (TTY).

Healthcare Access

As an immigrant living in Illinois, you have certain rights when it comes to your health, regardless of your immigration status. For more information about immigrant healthcare access, visit icirr.org/healthcare-access.

If you need help accessing healthcare, call ICIRR's Family Support Hotline at 1-855-435-7693. Choose your language & follow the prompts. In the final option, press 7 for healthcare.

Other important healthcare resources:

Mental Health Services

988 Suicide & Crisis Line: This line provides accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress, including family, friends, and/or caregivers.

 

If you are in crisis, please call or text 988, or go to 988lifeline.org/chat to access live chat. You will be connected with a trained crisis counselor who will listen to you, provide support and get the help you need.

833-NAMI-CHI (626-4244): NAMI's Helpline is a free and confidential resource that provides a listening ear, guidance and connection to the right mental health and social service resources, over the phone (Hablamos español).

 

Anyone can call the Helpline, including:

  • People calling for their own needs

  • People who are supporting a loved one

  • Providers who need resources for a client

 

NAMI Chicago offers support groups virtually and in-person for people with mental health conditions to connect with one another, as well as family groups for people who are supporting someone living with a mental health condition. All support groups are free, safe and confidential places to talk things through with others who understand your experience, led by people who have had similar experiences too. For more information visit: https://www.namichicago.org/groups-and-classes.

 

To find other organizations that provides immigrant-friendly mental health services, click here.

LGBTQ+ Resources

UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy has compiled a document with a list of resources for LGBTQ+ Affirming Care that can be viewed here

For resources related to Legal Services, youth services, health, and crisis hotline for LGBTQ+, please visit: equalityillinois.us/lgbtq-resource-guide.

Human Trafficking

The Salvation Army operates a 24-hour hotline for human trafficking: 1-877-606-3158

ICIRR Family Support Network

The ICIRR Family Support Network connects immigrant communities throughout Illinois to a full range of support - social services, legal aid, policy updates, financial assistance, and law enforcement - in collaboration with member organizations. 

1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY

(1-855-435-7693)  English/Spanish/Korean/Polish

Hotline Call Options:

  1. Immigrant Family Support Program (ICIRR's financial support program)

  2. Report ICE activity/Support to locate someone in ICE custody

  3. Connect with an immigration attorney

  4. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  5. Healthcare resources for immigrants and refugees

  6. Public charge updates

  7. Workplace rights, issues, or safety for immigrants

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