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The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) provides assistance to persons interested in becoming naturalized citizens of the United States. The Department of Health and Human Services subsidizes States to provide assistance to refugees, asylees, and victims of severe forms of trafficking. 


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16.320 Services for Trafficking Victims � Objective: To provide assistance to victims of severe forms of trafficking (i.e., sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery) without regard to the immigration status of the victim.

93.566 Refugee and Entrant Assistance_State Administered Programs � Objective: To subsidize States for assistance provided to refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, victims of a severe form of trafficking and certain Amerasians from Vietnam for resettlement throughout the country, by funding maintenance and medical assistance, and social services for eligible refugees, asylums, Cuban and Haitian entrants and certain Amerasians from Vietnam. State agencies may purchase training and services from other providers. Refugees in the U.S. may be assisted regardless of national origin.

93.567 Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Voluntary Agency Programs � Objective: To assist refugees in becoming self-supporting and independent members of American society, by providing grant funds to private nonprofit organizations to support case management, transitional assistance, and social services for new arrivals.

93.576 Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Discretionary Grants � Objective: To improve resettlement services for refugees. Program objectives include: 1) Providing adequate health assessment activities for refugees; (2) decreasing the numbers of refugees on public assistance and the length of time refugees require such assistance; (3) promoting refugee community and family stability; (4) encouraging placement of refugee families in locations with good job opportunities and lower costs of living; (5) increasing service dollars in areas with good resettlement records; (6) enhancing services to disadvantaged refugee groups; services to promote older refugees access to aging services, assist low income refugees with matching funds for individual development accounts (IDA)and (7) responding to national needs which are not the purview of any particular State services program.
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93.579 U.S. Repatriation � Objective: To provide temporary assistance, care, and treatment for individuals after their return to the United States from travel in a foreign country due to physical or mental illness, destitution, or because of war, the threat of war, or a similar crisis.

93.583 Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Wilson/Fish Programs � Objective: To develop alternative projects which promote early employment of refugees, including certain Amerasian immigrants, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, and certified victims of a severe form of trafficking. States, voluntary resettlement agencies, and other resettlement organizations may develop innovative approaches for the provision of refugee cash and medical assistance, social services, and case management otherwise available through the State-administered program. The purposed of these alternative projects is to provide integrated services and cash assistance in order to increase refugees' prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency, reduce their level of welfare dependence, and promote coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and services providers. Projects must serve all eligible refugees in a community.

93.584 Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Targeted Assistance � Objective: To provide funding for employment-related and other social services for refugees, asylees, Amerasians, and entrants in areas of high refugee concentration and high welfare utilization.

93.598 Services to Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking � Objective: To provide individuals determined to be victims of a severe form of trafficking access to benefits and services to the same extent as Refugees. Provide targeted case management, referrals and funded cash, medical assistance, special mental health or other services, and community/local outreach.

93.604 Assistance to Torture Victims � Objective: To provide services and rehabilitation for victims of torture, with a special emphasis on timely and appropriate services to asylum applicants entering the United States that have been recent victims of torture. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will provide a comprehensive program of support for domestic centers and programs for victims of torture.

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