Domestic Violence Gender-Based Violence Legal Services RFP

March 17, 2022

City of Chicago

Department of Family and Support Services

Legal Advertisement Request Form


DESCRIPTION:  Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS),

Legal Services for Gender-based Violence and Human Trafficking Survivors


As part of Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Recovery Plan and her Citywide Strategic Plan to Address Gender-based Violence and Human Trafficking, the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Division on Domestic Violence (DDV) seeks applications from organizations to provide direct legal representation for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and/or human trafficking (HT). The goal of the GBV/HT Legal Services program is to enhance safety and stability for survivors through seeking legal remedies in court (criminal and/or civil), immigration, housing, and other systems in trauma-informed and culturally specific ways.


The GBV/HT Legal Services Program seeks applicants that have a demonstrated history of representing survivors to intervene on survivors’ behalf in seeking interventions, enforcement of legal rights, legal immigration status, and/or financial restitution to reduce the violence and instability they experience.

DFSS anticipates funding between approximately three to six delegate agencies. The term of this contract executed under this RFP will be from May 1, 2022, through December 31, 2024, with a total funding amount of $3.7 million. 


For more information, please refer to the application posted on the City of Chicago’s eProcurement page:

A note about the City’s eProcurement System:

For those who have not done business with the City of Chicago before, registration in iSupplier is the first step to ensuring your agency’s ability to conduct business with the City of Chicago and DFSS. Please allow five to seven days for your registration to be processed.


Current contractors need only to start an application via their existing iSupplier/eProcurement account. 


All vendors must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and an IRS W9 for registration and confirmation of vendor business information.




April 15, 2022

 12:00, NOON CST


Proposals must be submitted via on-line application.

E-mailed or faxed proposals will not be accepted.



A Pre-Proposal Webinar will be held on March 23, 2022, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Attendance is not mandatory but is advised.


Please register prior to the webinar’s start using this link:


Question due date from Applicants: March 24, 2022

Webinar YouTube link to the DV Legal Service RFP:

 2022 DFSS ARP Legal Services GBV Applicant Webinar 3.23.2022.pdf







Brandie V. Knazze
Department of Family and Support Services
Lori E. Lightfoot
City of Chicago