The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revised its 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy and is currently accepting public recommendations. The deadline for submitting recommendations is October 23, 2020. All recommendations received by DHS from the public will be conveyed to the Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group.
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)
An archive of statements about the Department’s immigration enforcement posture during certain emergency events, including natural disasters.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a statement regarding the DHS Implementation Plan for the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security to address problems faced by women and girls in conflict and disaster-affected areas around the world.
The United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy), responding to the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, seeks to increase women’s meaningful leadership in political and civic life.
Around the world, conflict and disasters adversely and disproportionately affect women and girls, yet women remain under-represented in efforts to prevent and resolve conflict, and in post-conflict peace-building or recovery efforts. Research has shown that peace negotiations are more likely to succeed, and result in lasting stability, when women participate.
On January 4, 2020, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin. The following are versions of the Bulletin translated into various languages.
CRCL conducted an investigation into conditions of detention for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees at the Folkston Processing Center in Folkston, Georgia. CRCL’s onsite investigation occurred August 7-8, 2018, and was in response to allegations received alleging civil rights and civil liberties violations of general conditions of detention and inadequate medical care of detainees at the facility.
CRCL conducted an investigation into the conditions of detention for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees at the Coastal Bend Detention Center in Robstown, Texas. Additionally, this memorandum serves to notify ICE that, following a collaborative process, CRCL considers the issues identified by the experts to be closed.
DHS Component Disability Access Plans
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the following statement on safety and enforcement during Tropical Depression Imelda:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the flooding caused by Tropical Depression Imelda to southeast Texas. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.