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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Safeguarding civil rights and civil liberties is elemental to all the work we do at DHS.

  • Summary of CRCL’s Recommendations and ICE’s Response Calhoun County Correctional Center

    On July 19, 2021, ICE responded to an Expert Recommendation Memorandum issued in December 2019 by CRCL that followed an onsite investigation at the Calhoun County Correctional Center (Calhoun). ICE concurred with 13 recommendations, partially concurred with six, and non-concurred with 21.

  • Summary of CRCL’s Recommendations and ICE’s Response El Paso Service Processing Center

    On May 22, 2023, ICE responded to an Expert Recommendation Memorandum issued following a targeted onsite investigation at El Paso Service Processing Center (SPC) by CRCL in September 2022. ICE concurred with three recommendations, partially concurred with eight, and non-concurred with two.

  • Summary of CRCL’s Recommendations and ICE’s Response Imperial Regional Detention Facility

    On May 12, 2023, ICE responded to an Expert Recommendation Memorandum issued following an investigation at the Imperial Regional Detention Center (IRDF) by CRCL in September 2022. ICE concurred with ten recommendations, partially concurred with one, and non-concurred with 27.

  • Retention Memo Concerning FEMA’s Outreach and Recovery Assistance to Tribes and Tribal Communities in Alaska

    CRCL memo to FEMA concerning FEMA’s provision of language assistance, outreach, and recovery assistance to tribes and tribal communities in Alaska in relation to potential civil rights concerns.

  • Retention Memo to ICE Concerning Segregation of Individuals with a Mental Health Disability and/or Serious Mental Illness

    Over the past four years, CRCL has opened more than 60 complaints related to the segregation of individuals in ICE custody with an alleged mental health disability (MHD) or Serious Mental Illness (SMI). These allegations have arisen at different, geographically diverse, ICE detention facilities. These facilities operate under differing government agreements, a range of ICE detention standards, and further vary according to the specific provider(s) of mental health services.

    To address the various issues implicated in these allegations, CRCL identified a representative sample of seven complaints to capture the types of allegations CRCL received from Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 – FY2023. 

  • Retention Memo to ICE Concerning Florence Correctional Center

    CRCL has received allegations that ICE has violated the civil rights and civil liberties of noncitizens at the Florence Correctional Center (FCC) in Florence, Arizona. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify ICE of the complaints and describe the allegations, inform ICE that CRCL will retain the above-referenced complaints and conduct a multidisciplinary onsite investigation, and explain how CRCL will work with ICE during our investigation. 

  • Retention Memo to ICE Concerning Eloy Detention Center

    The CRCL has received allegations that ICE has violated the civil rights and civil liberties of noncitizens at the Eloy Detention Center (Eloy) in Eloy, Arizona. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify ICE of the complaints and describe the allegations, inform ICE that CRCL will retain the complaints and conduct a multidisciplinary onsite investigation, and explain how CRCL will work with ICE during our investigation.

  • Environmental Justice Annual Implementation Report for Fiscal Year 2022

    DHS Directive 023-04, rev. 00, Environmental Justice, outlines OCRSO and CRCL’s roles and responsibilities, including the creation of this annual report, and establishes an internal DHS Environmental Justice Working Group.

  • DHS Language Access Plans

    The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties joins its colleagues in releasing Language Access Plans for DHS Components and Offices.

  • Close Memorandum Regarding Investigation at Jackson Parish Correctional Center

    This memorandum concludes the investigation CRCL conducted into allegations related to ICE detainees at the Jackson Parish Correctional Center (Jackson Parish) in Jonesboro, Louisiana. Following a collaborative process between CRCL and ICE, CRCL is closing the complaints.