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What Recourse Do I Have If I Am A Hate Crime Victim?

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If you believe you have been a victim of a hate crime, you may be eligible for financial assistance under the Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Act. A hate crime is committed when, by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, a person commits an offense against the individual or group of individuals, pursuant to The Illinois Hate Crimes Act, 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1.

Eligibility Overview: The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Act provides financial assistance for expenses accrued as a result of a violent crime, including a hate crime.

Qualification Requirements: To qualify, you must follow certain requirements, including, but not limited to reporting to the police within 72 hours; applying with the Illinois Attorney General ( within 2 years of the date of the crime, or within one year of the filing of a criminal charge; and cooperating with the police and the Attorney General when requested.

Payment Amount and Covered Expenses: eligible victims and their families can receive up to $27,000 to cover expenses incurred, such as medical, hospital, and counseling costs, loss of earnings, funeral and burial costs, and more. Certain limitations apply.

For more information, please see: If you believe you have been a victim of a hate crime, call 911 to contact the Chicago Police Department immediately. Additional resources can be found below:


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《伊利诺伊州仇恨犯罪法》(The Illinois Hate Crimes Act, 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1)规定,任何因偏见(如种族、国籍、宗教、残障)造成的犯罪都是违法的。若您或您認識的人可能是仇恨犯罪的受害者,可透過下述方式獲得經濟援助:


适格要求:作为为获取经济援助的受害者需要满足以下条件,包括但不限于, 在72小时内向警察报案,并在犯罪发生之日起两年内或提起刑事诉讼的一年内向伊利诺伊州检察官办公室(提出该申请,同时在需要的时候配合警察和检察长的工作。



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