Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it was requesting contract bids to aid the agency in establishing a new alternative to detention (ATD) program for young adults in removal proceedings in the United States. The program – deemed the Young Adult Case Management Program (YACMP) – was launched in 16 metropolitan areas in January of this year and is designed to help participants 18 to 19 years of age navigate the complex immigration and removal process.
YACMP is open to non-dangerous, low flight-risk young adults (ages 18-19) who are aging out of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody, released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody into the interior, or are currently reporting to ICE’s Non-Detained Docket. This population of young adults may not know when they are to appear in court, their legal rights and obligations, and may not be aware of possible community services that are available to them.
Thus, in addition to providing monitoring services for participants and promoting compliance with immigration obligations until removal or other resolution of their cases in a less restrictive setting, the program also seeks to connect participants with community services and resources and educate them about their legal rights and obligations. Notably, the program does not include GPS or other monitoring technology, as other alternatives to detention often do.
As of the writing of this article, the program is being used by ICE’s Denver Field Office, here in Colorado.
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