Contact Us

To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, please call Veronica at 773-244-2230, ext. 204 or email

NOTE: Due to the concerns about our staff and clients' wellbeing and health, our offices are closed. Our staff is working remotely and email is the easiest way to contact our legal team. Please allow up to 72 hours for responses by email and phone.

We are available via phone 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and in-person by appointment. All personal information left on our voicemail will be kept confidential. 

*We do not handle divorce or custody litigation or represent victims younger than 13.

CAASE Offers Free Legal Counsel

Have you survived sexual assault, rape, or prostitution?  

Our attorneys are available to meet with you confidentially to provide individualized legal advice, consultation, and representation following and related to sexual harm. 

How CAASE’s lawyers can:

  • Accompany you to police and prosecutor interviews.
  • Advocate for your rights within the criminal justice system.
  • Assist with housing, employment, and education problems related to your assault.
  • Represent you in civil litigation, including pursuing a Civil No Contact Orders, and other protective orders (see below).

All of our legal services are free, regardless of income. We tailor our services to the needs of individuals and serve survivors of every sex, race, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, and immigration status.

For Attorneys: Pro Bono Project

The CAASE Pro Bono Project connects private attorneys with local survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking to ensure that every survivor has access to the quality legal counsel she (or he) wants and needs. Learn more here.

Helping Survivors Navigate the Criminal Justice System 

Survivors of sexual assault have many rights when they interact with the criminal justice system.

CAASE can assist survivors of sexual assault with:

  • Discussing the decision to make a police report and what to expect
  • Reporting what happened to police
  • Understanding legal standards and processes
  • Accompanying the survivor to interviews with police and detectives
  • Obtaining a police report and other paperwork
  • Getting current information about the case’s status
  • Attending court dates and providing legal updates
  • Meeting with the prosecutor
  • Discussing plea negotiations
  • Advocating for privacy and safety rights in court
  • Preparing for trial
  • Victim impact statements

This work is supported by RISE*, a national project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute made possible with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. See below.

Civil No Contact Orders

What is a Civil No Contact Order?

A Civil No-Contact Order (CNCO) is a finding in civil court that your perpetrator sexually assaulted or sexually abused you. The order requires that the perpetrator stay away from you, including your home, school and workplace. 

Who Can Pursue a CNCO? 

Any person who is the victim of non-consensual sex since January 1, 2004 may seek a CNCO against their perpetrator. The law can help victims regardless of whether or not they reported to law enforcement. It is a way to hold rapists accountable for what they did, and face a public trial proving that they engaged in sexual assault or abuse. The order also can promote safety. 

What relief does the CNCO offer?

A CNCO prohibits the perpetrator from knowingly coming within a specified distance from you. It prohibits the perpetrator from:

  • Coming near your home, work or school.
  • Contacting you via phone, texts, emails, notes, social media or via a third party.

Other Facts about CNCOs:

  • You do not need to have a relationship with the perpetrator to obtain a CNCO.
  • You do not need to file a police report.

Gender Violence Act

The Gender Violence Act allows survivors of sex-based violence like domestic violence, sexual assault, and threats of the same to sue their attacker in Illinois state civil court, for monetary damages or injunctive relief.  

Other Facts about the Gender Violence Act:

  • Victims have 7 years to file suit against the perpetrator. 
  • Any person who is the victim of gender-based violence may use this law against the perpetrator.  
  • Any attorney may represent these survivors.  

Support for Student Survivors of Sexual Assault or Harassment 

After experiencing sexual harassment or assault, student survivors may need support in order to feel safe and continue their education. CAASE can help students (age 13+) with:

  • Requesting extensions of deadlines, the opportunity to make up schoolwork, and/or the ability to switch classes
  • Moving to new housing and/or changing work schedules
  • Reporting the incident to their school and/or participating in the school disciplinary process
  • Accessing mental health services
  • Requesting a no-contact directive or safety plan from the school
  • Appealing a school disciplinary decision
  • Filing a complaint against the school if the case was mishandled
  • Pursuing a protective order in civil court
  • Making a police report and navigating the criminal justice system
  • Other accommodations and remedies

Legal Remedies for Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Including Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

If you have been impacted by the sex trade, you have legal rights and protections available to you including Civil No Contact Orders and the Gender Violence Act (see above). Also, you have rights under the following laws:

Illinois Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act

Sex trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to recruit and keep a person in the commercial sex trade. Survivors of sex trafficking who have prostitution convictions can ask a judge to vacate those convictions if they resulted from being trafficked. 

Predator Accountability Act 

Allows survivors of the sex trade to seek civil damages and remedies from individuals and businesses that recruited, harmed, profited from, or maintained them in the sex trade.

Who can use the Predator Accountability Act?:

  • ANY person who is the victim of harm in the sex trade, or whose body was used in the sex trade to the financial benefit of other people, since July 3, 2006 may use the law against their perpetrator.  
  • ANY attorney may represent these survivors.  To support the ability of survivors to obtain counsel, the law contains an attorney’s fees provision that allows the court to order that the attorney’s fees of any prevailing plaintiff be paid by the defendant.

Our Legal Services are supported by individual donations to CAASE as well as through grants provided by:

  • Chicago Bar Foundation 
  • Field Foundation
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois          
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Illinois Attorney General Violent Crime Victim Assistance Grant Program
  • Polk Bros. Foundation


*RISE is a national project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute made possible with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice.  Six legal clinics are funded through RISE, including CAASE.  RISE aims to provide crime victims with access to no cost legal services to aid enforcement of their rights.  For more information about this national rights enforcement initiative, visit  This product was made possible through RISE.  Specifically by a subgrant from the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) pursuant to award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, awarded to NCVLI by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or NCVLs.  

CAASE is a feminist organization, committed to ending all forms of sexual exploitation including specifically sexual assault and prostitution. CAASE is opposed to all forms and manifestations of inequality, including but not limited to those based on race, sexual orientation, and gender. CAASE does not discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, age, order of protection status, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military services. CAASE supports a person’s full access to reproductive health information and services.