U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a zero tolerance policy prohibiting all forms of sexual abuse and assault. CBP ensures effective procedures for preventing, reporting, responding to, investigating, and tracking incidents or allegations of sexual abuse or assault against individuals in CBP holding facilities. CBP is committed to safety and security in all of its holding facilities.
- CBP has a zero tolerance policy prohibiting all forms of sexual abuse and assault of individuals in CBP custody, including in holding facilities, during transport, and during processing.
- Sets Department of Homeland Security (DHS) standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities. The DHS Standards effectuate the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, 42 U.S.C. § 15601 et. seq. Subpart B - Standards for DHS Holding Facilities Coverage - covers all CBP holding facilities.
- An agency-wide policy that sets forth the first nationwide standards which governs CBP’s interaction with detained individuals.
- CBP provides multiple ways to report sexual abuse and/or assault, retaliation for reporting sexual abuse and/or assault, or staff neglect or violations of responsibilities that may have contributed to such incidents.
- CBP has established a protocol to ensure that each allegation of sexual abuse or assault in investigated by the agency, or referred to an appropriate investigative authority.
- CBP Presents its Sexual Abuse and Assault in CBP Holding Facilities Reports as required by the DHS Standards (6 CFR § 115.188(c)).
- CBP presents its reports of audits conducted at CBP holding facilities to assess compliance with Subpart B of the DHS Standards (6 CFR §§ 201-205).