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Safeguarding civil rights and civil liberties is elemental to all the work we do at DHS.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides all employees and external customers, including those with disabilities, access to and use of information and data. In accordance with Title 29 of the United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 794d, “Electronic and Information Technology” (commonly referred to as “Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act” or “Section 508”), this Directive defines the roles and responsibilities of Department officials to implement the Section 508 Program. Providing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that is accessible to all people regardless of their disabilities is a DHS priority.
CRCL received a report written by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia regarding immigration detention conditions at Georgia facilities, including Stewart Detention Center. The report raised concerns about conditions of detention at Stewart related to correctional operations, medical care, and mental health care. CRCL opened complaints based on the information in the report, and also based upon separate complaints received raising similar concerns.
CRCL conducted an investigation into two deaths and two suicides of individuals in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), at the Eloy Detention Center (EDC) located in Eloy, Arizona. CRCL's review of EDC focused in large part on medical care, mental health care, and suicide prevention and intervention, as well as other conditions of detention issues raised in the complaints.
The purpose of these listening sessions was to hear about concerns and experiences related to the impact of the disasters on individuals with disabilities. Participants also shared effective practices for serving individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. By better understanding these experiences, and in partnership with state and local entities, including non-profit organizations, DHS can work to improve preparedness, response, and recovery for persons with disabilities in future disasters
Below, find the organizational chart for the Office for Civil Rights and Liberties (CRCL).
Following DHS listening sessions in many communities heavily impacted by natural disasters in 2017 and 2018, the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties makes the following recommendations to state, local, territorial, and tribal emergency managers to improve the delivery of disaster assistance to disaster survivors with disabilities. The recommendations are grouped by major areas DHS covered in the listening sessions.
The Fusion Center Performance Program (FCPP) evaluates fusion centers' capabilities, including information sharing and supporting the Homeland Security Enterprise. It also strives to ensure functional consistency across the National Network of Fusion Centers, regardless of fusion center size, scope, geography or mission.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed resources for Federal, state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement officers concerning law enforcement certifications for the U and T nonimmigrant status, also known as the U and T visas.
Pursuant to Section 511 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (the “9/11 Commission Act” or “the Act”), Public Law No. 110-53, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office is conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the Homeland Security State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative (the Initiative). Under the Initiative, DHS will facilitate appropriate, bi-directional information sharing between the Department and State, Local, and Regional Fusion Centers. In addition, the Department will assign trained intelligence analysts to fusion centers, provided those centers meet a number of criteria set forth in the text. The Act requires the Department to complete a concept of operations (CONOPS) for the Initiative, including a PIA. The CONOPS also includes a Civil Liberties Impact Assessment, conducted by the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program operates the Eversity Enterprise System. Eversity is an electronic records system used in workforce analysis,1 tracking, management, and reporting required under Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Management Directive (MD) 715. CRCL EEO has conducted this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because Eversity collects and stores personally identifiable information (PII).