CRCL Supports Operation Allies Welcome

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Newsletter


September 2021, Vol. 12, No. 1

CRCL Supports Operation Allies Welcome

On August 29, President Biden directed​ the​ Department of Homeland Security to lead implementation of ongoing efforts across the Federal Government to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States.

CRCL employees have answered the call to support this important mission through staff deployments abroad and within the United States, assisting our Component partners in all aspects of the operational phases of Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), including processing new arrivals at airports and military installations.​

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DHS Remembers: Honoring the Victims of the September 11th Attacks

This month, DHS marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, mourning the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon.​ The people who perished in the​ World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville—including the heroic first responders who gave their lives to help others—left behind loved ones and communities who were never again the same.​ In the years since, more than2,000more were lost to 9/11-related illnesses as a result of working in hazardous conditions during recovery operations.​ We honor their lives and their memory and mourn what we all lost on that terrible day.​

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,​ DHS honors the memory of those who lost their lives by serving our mission with dedication.​ We remain committed to working together across every level of government to keep our Nation safe from evolving threats, both foreign and domestic.​

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CRCL Hosts Community Engagement Roundtables in Boston and Miami

This month, CRCL hosted two virtual community engagement roundtables with stakeholders in Boston and Miami.​ Representatives from the DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and other federal partners participated in both meetings, along with a host of community and advocacy stakeholders.​

The Boston roundtable was the first that will be held regularly with local stakeholders.​ CRCL Chief of Staff Brenda Abdelall welcomed participants and spoke on CRCL’s role in combating discrimination and condemning racism and xenophobia, as outlined in the Administration’s executive order.​ She also spoke on the Department’s focus on domestic violent extremism as a civil rights issue.​ Attendees also discussed school bullying and of the need to rebuild trust with government.​ CRCL plans to expand its engagement with Boston communities in the future.

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Secretary Mayorkas Participates in Roundtable with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI)Community


On September 17, DHS Security Mayorkas​ and members of the DHS​ Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander​ Task Force​ met with​ leaders​ of the​ AANHPI​ community​ to​ reiterate​ the Department’s commitment to racial equity and civil rights and civil liberties.​ ​

“Six months ago, following the tragic events that unfolded in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to hear from members of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community,”​ said Secretary Mayorkas.​ ​ “It is a priority​ for me to meet​ with​ community leaders​ and​ discuss​ the important work​ we have​ done to combat​ domestic​ violent extremism and​ targeted violence​ in communities across the country.​ ​ While we have made progress, these accomplishments are just the first step as we continue the important work of keeping our communities safe for all.”​ ​

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DHS ATD Case Management Pilot Program: National Board Application Extended to October 8, 2021

The application process to serve on the National Board of the new DHS Alternatives to Detention Case Management Program (CMPP) has been extended to Friday, October 8, 11:59 pm EDT. ​ 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, as outlined below.​ TheNational Board will be responsible forawardingfundsto eligible local governments and nonprofit organizations and overseeing​ andmanaging the pilot program.​

To learn more and​ to​ applyto​ serve on​ the DHSCase Management Pilot ProgramNational Board, please view theRequest for Information(RFI)and newly updated accompanying​ Frequently Asked Questions.​ Per theRFI,please submit applications to:

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security ·​​ · 202-282-8000

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