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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.

  • Expert Recommendations Memo for Onsite Investigations at the Alexandria Staging Facility and the LaSalle Detention Facility

    CRCL conducted an investigation into conditions of detention for ICE detainees at the Alexandria Staging Facility, located in Alexandria, Louisiana and the LaSalle Detention Facility, located in Jena, Louisiana. CRCL's review focused in large part on operations in the areas of suicide prevention, medical care, and conditions of confinement.

  • Recommendations Memo Concerning Etowah County Jail

    CRCL conducted an investigation into conditions of detention for ICE detainees at the Etowah County Jail in Gadsden, Alabama. CRCL's onsite investigation occurred April 9-11, 2018, and was in response to allegations received alleging civil rights and civil liberties violations of detainees at the facility in the following areas: general conditions of detention, environmental health and safety, and inadequate medical and mental health care.

  • Recommendations Memo Concerning the Pine Prairie Detention Center

    CRCL conducted an investigation into conditions of detention for ICE detainees at the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Pine Prairie, Louisiana.  CRCL's review of Pine Prairie focused in large part on operations in the areas of medical care, mental health care, environmental health and safety, and conditions of confinement.

  • Recommendations Memo Concerning Richwood Correctional Center

    CRCL conducted an onsite investigation into conditions of detention for ICE detainees at the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana on February 20-21, 2020. CRCL's review of Richwood focused in large part on operations in the areas of medical care, mental health care, environmental health and safety, and conditions of confinement.

  • Recommendations Memo Concerning Richwood Correctional Center COVID Response

    CRCL conducted a targeted investigation into conditions of detention for ICE detainees at the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana. CRCL's review focused on Richwood's COVID-19 response, specifically regarding concerns raised by anonymous whistleblowers alleging that deficient institutional practices and mismanagement resulted in the spread of COVID-19.

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP Concerning Title 42

    This memorandum provides policy recommendations to CBP to better enable CBP to protect and safeguard undocumented individuals who seek to enter or who unlawfully enter the United States during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and who are subjected to expulsion under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health authority in 42 U.S.C. § 265 ("Title 42"). Specifically, this memorandum provides policy recommendations to CBP regarding medical care and humanitarian protections. 

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP Concerning Treatment of Children with Disabilities

    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.

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP and ICE Concerning Family Separation

    This memorandum discusses the outcome of the investigation conducted by CRCL into allegations that CBP and ICE violated the civil rights or civil liberties of family members who were separated after crossing the U.S. border, based on inadequate or outdated policies and procedures, and with inadequate training,
    oversight, and documentation.

  • Recommendations Memo to CBP Concerning Religious Questioning at Ports of Entry

    This memorandum provides policy and training recommendations to better support front-line CBP Office of Field Operations officers in avoiding improper questions regarding travelers' religion while conducting border inspections.  It closes, with general findings and specific recommendations, multiple complaints filed with the
    CRCL on this subject, and also closes multiple complaints that touch on similar subjects--without findings or recommendations--due to their age and ongoing litigation.

  • Retention Memo to CBP Concerning Tucson Sector Onsite Investigation

    This memorandum notifies CBP that CRCL will conduct an onsite investigation within the Tucson Sector.  CRCL will be reviewing CBP's general adherence to relevant CBP and sector policies and procedures regarding short-term custody. CRCL will also investigate complaint allegations including: inferior hold room conditions; insufficient health screening and medical care and protocols for the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases; insufficient language access; failure to provide outdoor recreation; overcrowded hold rooms; failure to provide telephone calls to unaccompanied minors; and failure to return personal property upon departure from the CBP facility.