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PUBLIC AID
(305 ILCS 5/) Illinois Public Aid Code.

305 ILCS 5/Art. XVI

 
    (305 ILCS 5/Art. XVI heading)
ARTICLE XVI. SURVIVOR SUPPORT AND TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16.)

305 ILCS 5/16-1

    (305 ILCS 5/16-1)
    Sec. 16-1. Benefits for foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes. In order to protect persons who are foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes and to reduce the risk of further harm, exploitation, and re-trafficking, beginning January 1, 2018, cash assistance provided under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program established under Article IV of this Code and benefits provided under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shall be provided to such persons and their derivative family members to the same extent cash assistance and SNAP benefits are provided to individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code. To the extent that federal funding is not available, any cash assistance or SNAP benefits provided under this Article shall be paid from State funds. If changes made in this Section require federal approval, they shall not take effect until such approval has been received.
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16.)

305 ILCS 5/16-2

    (305 ILCS 5/16-2)
    Sec. 16-2. Eligibility. A foreign-born victim of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes and his or her derivative family members are eligible for cash assistance or SNAP benefits under this Article if:
        (a) he or she:
            (1) has filed or is preparing to file an
        
application for T Nonimmigrant status with the appropriate federal agency pursuant to Section 1101(a)(15)(T) of Title 8 of the United States Code, or is otherwise taking steps to meet the conditions for federal benefits eligibility under Section 7105 of Title 22 of the United States Code;
            (2) has filed or is preparing to file a formal
        
application with the appropriate federal agency for status pursuant to Section 1101(a)(15)(U) of Title 8 of the United States Code; or
            (3) has filed or is preparing to file a formal
        
application with the appropriate federal agency for status under Section 1158 of Title 8 of the United States Code; and
    (b) he or she is otherwise eligible for cash assistance or SNAP benefits, as applicable.
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

305 ILCS 5/16-3

    (305 ILCS 5/16-3)
    Sec. 16-3. Determination of eligibility.
    (a) The Department shall determine that an applicant for cash assistance or SNAP benefits provided under this Article is eligible for such benefits if the applicant meets the income guidelines and is otherwise eligible and either:
        (1) the applicant has filed:
            (A) an application for T Nonimmigrant status with
        
the appropriate federal agency pursuant to Section 1101(a)(15)(T) of Title 8 of the United States Code, or is otherwise taking steps to meet the conditions for federal benefits eligibility under Section 7105 of Title 22 of the United States Code;
            (B) a formal application with the appropriate
        
federal agency for status pursuant to Section 1101(a)(15)(U) of Title 8 of the United States Code; or
            (C) a formal application with the appropriate
        
federal agency for status under Section 1158 of Title 8 of the United States Code; or
        (2) the applicant, or a representative of the
    
applicant if the applicant is not competent, has provided to the Department:
            (A) a sworn statement that he or she is a
        
foreign-born victim of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes; and
            (B) at least one item of additional credible
        
evidence, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
                (i) police, government agency, or court
            
records or files;
                (ii) news articles;
                (iii) documentation from a social services,
            
trafficking, domestic violence program or rape crisis center, or a legal, clinical, medical, or other professional from whom the applicant or recipient has sought assistance in dealing with the crime;
                (iv) a statement from any other individual
            
with knowledge of the circumstances that provided the basis for the claim;
                (v) physical evidence;
                (vi) a copy of a completed visa application;
            
or
                (vii) written notice from the federal agency
            
of receipt of the visa application.
    (b) The Department may, in its discretion, provide cash assistance or SNAP benefits pursuant to this Article to an applicant who cannot provide additional evidence as set forth in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) if:
        (1) the applicant, or a representative of the
    
applicant if the applicant is not competent, has provided a sworn statement that he or she is a foreign-born victim of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes; and
        (2) the Department determines that the applicant is
    
credible.
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16.)

305 ILCS 5/16-4

    (305 ILCS 5/16-4)
    Sec. 16-4. Work requirements and exemptions.
    (a) Persons who are foreign-born victims of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes and who are receiving cash assistance or SNAP benefits under this Article shall be subject to the same work requirements and work requirement exemptions as other recipients of cash assistance or SNAP benefits, provided that compliance with these requirements is authorized by law.
    (b) A person who is a foreign-born victim of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes shall be exempted from any work requirements if physical or psychological trauma related to or arising from the trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes impedes his or her ability to comply.
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16.)

305 ILCS 5/16-5

    (305 ILCS 5/16-5)
    Sec. 16-5. Termination of benefits.
    (a) Any cash assistance or SNAP benefits provided under this Article to a person who is a foreign-born victim of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes and his or her derivative family members shall be terminated if there is a final denial of that person's visa or asylum application under Section 1101(a)(15)(T), 1101(a)(15)(U), or 1158 of Title 8 of the United States Code.
    (b) A person who is a foreign-born victim of trafficking, torture, or other serious crimes and his or her derivative family members shall be ineligible for continued State-funded cash assistance or SNAP benefits provided under this Article if that person has not filed a formal application for status pursuant to Section 1101(a)(15)(T), 1101(a)(15)(U), or 1158 of Title 8 of the United States Code within one year after the date of his or her application for cash assistance or SNAP benefits provided under this Article. The Department of Human Services may extend the person's and his or her derivative family members' eligibility for medical assistance, cash assistance, or SNAP benefits beyond one year if the Department determines that the person, during the year of initial eligibility (i) experienced a health crisis, (ii) has been unable, after reasonable attempts, to obtain necessary information from a third party, or (iii) has other extenuating circumstances that prevented the person from completing his or her application for status.
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

305 ILCS 5/16-6

    (305 ILCS 5/16-6)
    Sec. 16-6. Rulemaking authority. The Department of Human Services shall adopt any rules necessary to implement the provisions of this Article on or before January 1, 2018.
(Source: P.A. 99-870, eff. 8-22-16.)

305 ILCS 5/16-7

    (305 ILCS 5/16-7)
    Sec. 16-7. Program termination. The provisions of this Article are inoperative on and after June 30, 2022.
(Source: P.A. 101-246, eff. 8-9-19.)