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ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

DHS Announces Alternatives to Detention Case Management Pilot Program
Posted on 17 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Aug. 17, 2021 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP), which will provide voluntary case management and other services to ensure that noncitizens... Read More

Tags: detention , DHS

DHS Appoints Luke Bellocchi Detention Ombudsman
Posted on 27 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 27, 2020 "Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf released the following statement on the announcement of Luke Bellocchi as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ombudsman for Immigration Detention. “Today, I am pleased... Read More

Groups Demand Release of Infants from Immigration Jails
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, AILA, CLINIC Legal, Feb. 28, 2019 "We write to bring your attention to an alarming increase in the number of infants being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. As of today, there are at least nine infants under one year... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

DHS OIG Faults ICE Detention Facility Inspections
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 26, 2018 - "ICE uses two inspection types to examine detention conditions in more than 200 detention facilities. ICE contracts with a private company and also relies on its Office of Detention Oversight for inspections. ICE also uses... Read More

Immigration Prisoners Subjected to Strip Searches, Moldy Food, Intimidation: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 14 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Dec. 14, 2017 - "A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report... Read More

DHS OIG: Did Not Follow Federal Procurement Guidelines When Contracting for Detention Services
Posted on 27 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Feb. 21, 2018 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for the detention of removable aliens. ICE commonly uses a type of agreement called an IGSA to reserve space at detention facilities owned or operated by state... Read More

Tags: eloy , procurement , detention , oig , DHS , ICE

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime
Posted on 1 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime. Read More

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE... Read More

Tags: inspections , detention , cbp , oig , DHS , ICE

DHS to Review Privatized Immigration Detention: Statement by Sec. Jeh Johnson
Posted on 29 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired... Read More

American Citizen Sues DHS After Being Locked Up in Immigration Jail for 3.5 Years
Posted on 1 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship. Davino Watson derived citizenship from his father... Read More

DHS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement Facilities
Posted on 18 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to issue regulations setting standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities." - FR Doc. 2012-29916 Filed 12/18/2012 at 8:45 am; Publication... Read More

DHS Subcommittee to Advise on Privatized Immigration Detention
Posted on 6 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 - "The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, tasked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee entitled the Privatized Immigration... Read More

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Files Complaint with DHS
Posted on 31 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, Mar. 28, 2016 - "We submit this complaint to register our ongoing concern regarding the detention of traumatized mothers and children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) family detention centers... Read More