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ORR requires Director-level authorization of custodial releases of certain unaccompanied children

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 24, 2017

    On March 24, 2017, a few hours after Scott Lloyd became Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an email was sent to ORR staff requiring that no unaccompanied children (UC) be released from secure or staff secure facilities without written authorization from the Deputy Director for UC Programs at ORR headquarters. [ID #1342]

    2017.03.24 Email To ORR Staff Announcing New Policy
  2. Effective Date

    March 27, 2017
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    March 28, 2023

    ORR Unaccompanied Children Program Policy Guide: Section 2

    On March 28, 2023, the ORR Unaccompanied Children Program Policy Guide was revised to revoke the director review policy and clarify that Federal Field Specialists act as agents of ORR to approve all UC release requests.

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

March 28, 2023 Action: Revoked/Replaced ORR Unaccompanied Children Program Policy Guide: Section 2
March 28, 2023
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Actions: Agency Directive Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Detention Interior Minors
Agencies Affected: ORR

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