DHSAnnouncesAlternativesto DetentionCase Management Pilot Program

August 17, 2021

Department Seeks Appointeesto Serve on theNational Board

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)todayannouncedanew Alternativesto Detention(ATD)Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP),which will provide voluntary case management and other services toensure thatnoncitizens in removal proceedingshave access to legal information and other critical services.Alternatives to Detention is an important toolused by DHSfor individuals and families as they await the outcome of immigration proceedings.This new congressionally directed pilot will supplement existing Alternatives toDetention programs run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will inform best practicesmovingforward.

“We are excited to partner with nonprofit organizations and local governments on this pilot program to improve services for noncitizens in immigration proceedings,” saidDHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Officer KatherineCulliton-González, who will chair the National Board for the Case Management Pilot Program.“I encourageorganizations working with noncitizens to apply to serve on the Case Management Pilot Program National Boardand help us make this pilot program a success.”

Funds will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and local governments through a National Board, similar to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program.Case Management Pilot Programserviceswill include, among others:mental health services;human and sex trafficking screening;legal orientation programs;cultural orientation programs;connections to social services;anddeparture planning and reintegration servicesfor individuals returning to their home countries.

As part of the United States’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts, DHS continues to expel the majority of single adults, and, to the extent possible, families encountered at the Southwest Border in accordance with the CDC’s Title 42 Order. Individuals participating in this program are those who cannot be expelled under or are otherwise excepted from Title 42.

The application process for the ATD Case Management Pilot Program National Board is currently open.Members of the National Board must have experience in the immigration or asylum field, alternatives to detention and/or case management programs, along withadditionalcriteria, and will be chosenvia a Request for Information process.TheNational Board will be responsible forawardingfundsto eligible local governments and nonprofitorganizations,andoverseeing andmanaging the pilot program.

To learn more and to applyto serve on theCase Management Pilot ProgramNational Board, please view theRequest for Information(RFI)and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions.Applications are due bySeptember 17, 2021.Per theRFI,please submit applicationsand any questions to: CRCL.CMPP@hq.dhs.gov.

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