Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet Its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities?

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On August 6, 2009, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary John Morton announced that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was conducting a major overhaul of the agency's immigration detention system. ICE's subsequent disclosure that 10 more persons had died in its custody between 2004 and 2007 than had previously been reported underscores the need for detention reform and, in particular, for reform of ICE's information systems.

MPI's soon-to-be-released report, Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet Its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities?, provides a roadmap for meeting the data needs that are essential for the overhaul to succeed. Join us for a presentation of the paper, which analyzes select data of persons in ICE custody and examines the sufficiency of ICE's information systems in light of the agency's legal mandates and management imperatives. The report sets forth recommendations for specific information that ICE must capture and track to meet its responsibilities, along with tools to improve the organization of ICE's detention system and the well-being of individuals within the system.

Copies of the report will be available, and a light breakfast will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Dixon via email at or by phone at (202) 266-1929.


Donald Kerwin, Vice President for Programs, Migration Policy Institute

Serena Lin, Data/Statistical Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Dora Schriro, Director, Office of Detention Policy and Planning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Andrea Black, Network Coordinator, Detention Watch Network


Doris Meissner, Director of the US Immigration Policy program, Migration Policy Institute

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  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service

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