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Alternatives to Detention Case Management Pilot Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its new Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP), which will provide voluntary case management and other services to ensure that noncitizens in immigration removal proceedings have access to legal information and other critical services. Alternatives to Detention is an important tool used by DHS for individuals and families as they await the outcome of immigration proceedings. This new congressionally directed pilot will supplement existing Alternatives to Detention programs run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will inform best practices moving forward.

Funds will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and local governments through a National Board, similar to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. CMPP services will include, among others: mental health services; human and sex trafficking screening; legal orientation programs; cultural orientation programs; connections to social services; and departure planning and reintegration services for individuals returning to their home countries.  The Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will chair the National Board.

As part of the United States’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts, DHS continues to expel the majority of single adults, and, to the extent possible, families encountered at the Southwest Border in accordance with the CDC’s Title 42 Order. Individuals participating in this program are those who cannot be expelled under Title 42.

The application process for the ATD Case Management Pilot Program National Board is currently open. Members of the National Board must have experience in the immigration or asylum field, alternatives to detention, and/or case management programs, along with additional criteria, and will be chosen via a Request for Information (RFI) process. The National Board will be responsible for awarding funds to eligible local governments and nonprofit organizations, and overseeing and managing the pilot program.

To learn more and apply to serve on the CMPP National Board, please view the RFI and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (see below). Applications are due by September 17, 2021. Per the RFI, please submit applications and any questions to: CRCL.CMPP@hq.dhs.gov.

Created Date: August 5, 2021
Last Published Date: September 13, 2021
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