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ImmDef Complaint to CRCL and OIG: CBP Abuse

On April 6, 2022, ImmDef submitted a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (“CRCL”) and the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”), documenting the systemic abuses unaccompanied children face while in Customs and Board Protection (“CBP”) custody.


This complaint was filed jointly with complaints by Kids in Need of Defense (“KIND”), Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (“FIRRP”), and Americans for Immigrant Justice (“AIJ”), in consultation with the Young Center concerning similar abuses reported by the unaccompanied children they serve.

Case Background

Together, we urge CRCL to investigate CBP’s systemic abuse of unaccompanied children, address the longstanding violations alleged in the organizational complaints, and take all steps necessary to bring CBP personnel and facilities in compliance with the Flores Settlement Agreement, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”), and CBP’s National Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search (“TEDS”). We also urge CBP and DHS to initiate stakeholder discussions to usher in the changes proposed by these organizations and reimagine the systems that exist to process unaccompanied children into the United States. 

Case Developments


April 6, 2022

Complaint filed with Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and with Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

Date Filed

April 6, 2022


Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)


Office of the Inspector General (OIG)


Filed, sent via email

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