Performance Improvement 2009. Do We Detain and Release Children From Other Countries as Required?


This study assessed the placement, care, and release of unaccompanied alien children. Most were placed and released in accordance with the Flores Agreement, with 84 percent of children admitted to a detention facility within 3 days of apprehension. The Flores Agreement — named after a child that became the center of a series of exchanges both in and outside the courts — requires special handling of youth when in immigration custody in the United States (such as not intermingling children and adults in detention centers).

All children’s case files lacked at least one required document that would indicate whether a child received medical or mental health services or participated in educational or recreational activities. The Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services provided limited oversight of facilities. No explicit agreement exists between the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security regarding information exchange and post-release activities. The Administration for Children and Families will include random interviews with children and case file reviews as part of the routine responsibilities for Federal field specialists.

Report Title: Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services: Efforts To Serve Children
Agency Sponsor: OS-OIG, Office of Inspector General
Federal Contact: Erin Lemire, 202-205-9523
Performer: Staff; Office of Inspector General
PIC ID: 9003

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