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Kwame Raoul

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Safer Communities

Guidance for Law Enforcement

Immigration Issues and Law Enforcement

The Attorney General’s office has issued updated guidance to law enforcement agencies to provide an overview of Illinois laws that govern law enforcement interactions with immigrant communities. The TRUST Act generally prohibits local law enforcement in Illinois from participating in immigration enforcement. The VOICES Act provides procedural protections for immigrants victimized by violent crime or human trafficking who have assisted law enforcement in investigating or prosecuting certain types of crimes.

In 2021 the Way Forward Act included reporting requirements for law enforcement state, county and local law enforcement agencies in Illinois to submit annual reports to the Attorney General’s Office regarding their compliance with the TRUST Act and the VOICES Act.

Protecting the Right to Reproductive Rights

Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities

As you fulfill your duty to ensure the safety of Illinois residents, you may be faced with unique issues when interacting with individuals with disabilities. These guides offer insight and information on law enforcement responsibilities.

Maintaining Order During Labor and Protests

The police do not have the duty or authority to enforce civil labor laws, but do have a duty to avoid interfering with the laws that protect workers’ rights during a labor dispute.

Defending Against Hate Crimes

The Hate Crimes Guidance is a resource for Illinois law enforcement agencies as well as advocacy organizations about the specific changes to the state’s hate crimes law. The new law expands the list of crimes that can be prosecuted as hate crimes in an effort to address the increasing use of technology to attack victims.

Protecting Seniors

The Attorney General actively engages with law enforcement through the Elderly Services Officers program and the Triad program. This document contains information for identifying and responding to instances of elder abuse.

Responding to Sexual Assault

Improving the response of the criminal justice system to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse is critical for the successful identification and prosecution of sexual predators and to prevent offenders from reentering our communities to commit new crimes.

The Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act contains new requirements for law enforcement authorities and hospitals to improve their response to victims.