On September 26, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joins the Nation in celebrating the milestone 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) — the landmark civil rights law prohibiting disability discrimination in the activities of the federal government.
Individuals With Disabilities
On September 10, 2020, CRCL issued a Recommendation Memorandum to CBP following an investigation of several CRCL complaints concerning the separation of children with disabilities from their families. CRCL found that existing CBP measures and guidelines did not fully address the factors that CBP should consider when separating a child with a disability from his or her parent or guardian, and that CBP documentation was often inadequate.
This form is used to assist you with reporting a technology accessibility issue or initiating a complaint under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. You should use this form if you are an individual with a disability, and because of that disability, you are having difficulty accessing ICT provided by the Department.
This memorandum is a follow up to CBP's response to the September 10, 2020 memorandum from CRCL and the DHS Office of the General Counsel, titled "CBP's Treatment of Children with Disabilities." As set forth in the memorandum, CRCL investigated several complaints alleging that CBP separated children with disabilities from their parents or legal guardians and offered eight policy recommendations. CBP responded on January 28, 2021.
July 14, 2021, the Office of the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman hosted a webinar highlighting its 2021 Annual Report to Congress.
This presentation provides information on what is needed to complete the DHS Civil Rights Evaluation Tool, which may assist recipients in meeting their administrative requirements.
This memorandum provides policy recommendations to protect the well-being of children with disabilities and promote the family unity of families including children with disabilities “to the greatest extent operationally feasible” while in (CBP custody. Accordingly, this memorandum provides policy recommendations with an aim to reinforce existing CBP policy as stated in CBP’s National Standards on Transportation, Escort, Detention, and Search (TEDS) (October 2015) to maintain family unity to the greatest extent operationally feasible.