Progress on Implementing GAO (Government Accountability Office) Recommendations on Unaccompanied Alien Children   [open pdf - 208KB]

"GAO (Government Accountability Office) report GAO-15-521 made several recommendations for improving CBP's [Customs and Border Protection] compliance with the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) (P.L. 110-457) requirements related to unaccompanied alien children (UAC), including improvements in training and guidance for officers and agents; revisions to indicators or questions used to conduct TVPRA assessments; and documentation of the basis for decisions when assessing screening criteria. GAO also recommended that CBP better document the treatment of UACs and the time that such children spend in CBP custody. GAO report GAO-16-514 recommended that CBP improve the collection of data on time in custody, and develop mechanisms for registering and tracking complaints and analyzing complaint trends. This report outlines the actions that CBP has undergone to implement the nine recommendations assigned to CBP in GAO-15-521 and all of the recommendations outlined in GAO-16-514. CBP notes that a number of the GAO's conclusions and recommendations have been superseded by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's July 2016 opinion in Flores v. Lynch and subsequent Flores developments."

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