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Office of Refugee Resettlement requires director's approval of abortions for unaccompanied children in detention shelters

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 4, 2017

    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) issues a memo prohibiting federally funded detention shelters from taking "any action that facilitates" abortion for unaccompanied children without written approval from the director of ORR.

    [ID #255]

    ORR Memo: ORR custodial decisions to preserve the health of a pregnant UAC
  2. Effective Date

    March 4, 2017

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Detention Minors
Agencies Affected: ORR

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • March 21, 2008

    When a grantee learns that a UAC has been advised by a doctor to undergo or wishes to seek medical services requiring heightened ORR involvement (i.e., significant surgical or medical procedures, abortions, and services that may threaten the life of the UAC), the grantee must follow the procedures for Significant Incident Documentation and Reporting at section 1.03 and for Medical Services at section 3.04 In additional, the grantee must immediately call the DUCS Director and provide all available details about the situation.

    March 21, 2008 memorandum, "Medical Services Requiring Heightened ORR Involvement"


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