The tragic death earlier this week of a 29-year-old woman who was in CBP custody with her children is deeply saddening to all of us at CBP. Consistent with CBP protocol, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the incident.
The health and safety of individuals in our custody, our workforce, and communities we serve is a top priority. CBP is dedicated to the ongoing review and evaluation of our practices to ensure that all individuals in our custody receive the best possible care. We continue to improve the efficiency of our processing capabilities in support of CBP detention standards, which have significantly reduced the average time of families in custody.
As we await the outcome of the investigation into this terrible incident, CBP will continue to evaluate detention procedures, medical procedures, and medical providers for ways to further improve our standards. We will make the results of the OPR investigation public, consistent with our commitment to transparency and accountability. We will look to the results of this investigation for additional steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those in our custody, as needed.