Care in Custody
CBP ensures the care of those in our custody and remains steadfast in our commitment to taking measure to protect the health, welfare, security, and safety of all detainees.
- An agency-wide policy that sets forth the first nationwide standards which governs CBP’s interaction with detained individuals.
- 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.
- CBP presents the Sexual Abuse and Assault in CBP Holding Facilities Inaugural Report, as required by the DHS Standards (6 CFR § 115.188(c)).
- 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.
January 3, 2018