The United States Repatriation Program (USRP) was established in 1935 under Section 1113 of the Social Security Act (Assistance for United States (U.S.) Citizens returned from Foreign Countries) to provide temporary assistance to U.S. citizens and their dependents who have been identified by the United States Department of State (DOS) as having returned, or been brought from a foreign country, to the U.S. because of destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis, and because they are without resources immediately accessible to meet their needs. The Georgia Department of Human Services works with the United States Repatriation Program in providing assistance to U.S. citizens returning to the state of Georgia to resume their lives in the United States.
Program Services/Temporary Services
Repatriates are provided with cash aid and services which include, but are not limited to:
- Food, lodging and incidentals
- Domestic travel assistance
- Medical/psychiatric care
- Temporary shelter
- Assistance to unaccompanied minors
Repatriation Program services and cash assistance are 100 percent federally funded. However, assistance given under this program is a loan which must be repaid to the U.S. government. Individuals requesting repatriation program assistance are required to sign a repayment agreement.
The U.S Repatriation Program contains four different activities which are divided into two categories called Emergency and Non-emergency Repatriations.
- The Individual Repatriation Activity serves individuals or families in need of assistance upon arrival to the U.S. and is part of the regular/ongoing non-emergency case load.
- The Mentally Ill Activity provides for the care and treatment of eligible legally insane or otherwise mentally ill persons and is part of the regular/ongoing non-emergency case load.
- The Group Repatriation Activity allows for the evacuation of 50 to 500 U.S. citizens and dependents from overseas to the U.S. due to war, threat of war and other overseas crises.
- The Emergency Repatriation Activity allows for the evacuation of 500 or more U.S. citizens and dependents from overseas to the U.S. due to war, threat or war and other overseas crisis.
Operationally, these activities involve different kinds of preparation, resources and execution. However, the core program policies and administrative procedures are essentially the same for each.
Training is available through the International Social Services website and includes the following webinar:
- Mentally Incompetent
- Reasonable and Allowable Expenses
- Unaccompanied Minor Repatriations
- Emergency and Group Processing Form (RR-01)
- Emergency Repatriation Financial Form (RR-02)
- Loan Waiver Request Form (RR-03)
- Non-Monthly Financial Emergency (RR-04)
- Privacy and Repayment Form (RR-05)
- Refusal of the Temporary Form (RR-06)
- Temporary Assistance Extension Request Form (RR-07)
- State Request for Federal Support Form (RR-08)
Georgia Department of Human Services Repatriation Program Policy and Procedures Manual
Lucius McDowell, Repatriation Program Coordinator
Georgia Department of Human Services