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Whistleblower report of inadequate medical treatment in ICE custody

  1. Date Announced

    March 20, 2019

    An internal memo from DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) to ICE details a whistleblower report of inadequate medical care and oversight for at least seventeen detainees in ICE custody. [ID #440]

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Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Detention
Agencies Affected: ICE CRCL

Prior Policies

  • Under 6 U.S.C. § 345 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000ee-1, CRCL is charged with investigating and assessing complaints against DHS employees and officials of abuses of civil rights, civil liberties, and profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion.

    6 U.S.C. § 345

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