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CBP changes medical practices for children in detention centers

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 28, 2018

    Following the death of an 8-year-old boy in CBP custody, CBP announces that it will begin conducting secondary medical checks of all children in their custody with priority given to children under 10. CBP is also considering other changes, including "surge" options of transferring children to family detention centers or supervised release; medical assistance from other partners (e.g. FEMA, HHS, CDC); and reviewing policies for care and conditions for children held in CBP custody. [ID #368]

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  2. Effective Date

    December 28, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Detention Minors
Agencies Affected: CBP

Associated or Derivative Policies


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