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Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP)

The Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP) leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) efforts to overhaul the current immigration detention system, an effort which requires extensive collaboration and consultation with both internal and external stakeholders.

ODPP is charged with designing a detention system that meets the unique needs of ICE’s detained population. ODPP will shape the future design, location and standards for civil immigration detention facilities so that ICE no longer relies primarily on existing penal models. ICE will consider access to legal services, emergency rooms and transportation hubs, among other factors when determining future facility locations.

Mission

ODPP spearheads ICE’s detention reform initiative by implementing short-term improvements to immediately address issues in the existing detention system, identifying long-term improvements and redesigning the detention system to pave the way toward 21st century immigration detention services. This includes providing detainees with access to high-quality and timely medical care while in ICE's custody.

Kevin Landy, Assistant Director of Office of Detention Policy and Planning
Kevin Landy
Assistant Director of Office of Detention Policy and Planning

Kevin Landy is assistant director for the Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security. ODPP leads ICE's efforts to overhaul the current immigration detention system, an effort which requires extensive collaboration and consultation with both internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining ICE, Mr. Landy served for 13 years on Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's staff on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and was the Committee's Chief Counsel from 2007 to 2010. During that time he worked on issues such as immigration and border security, counter-terrorism programs, government information technology, and privacy. He also drafted detention reform legislation known as the "Secure and Safe Detention and Asylum Act" and conducted oversight on detention and other ICE operations.

In 2007, Mr. Landy was Sen. Lieberman's lead staff-member on comprehensive Lieberman-Collins homeland security legislation (P.L. 110-53). His role included drafting and negotiating provisions creating the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program and strengthening the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center. In 2004, Mr. Landy was Sen. Lieberman's lead staff-member on Collins-Lieberman legislation that led to the reorganization of the Intelligence Community and the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center (P.L. 108-458). Mr. Landy also staffed Sen. Lieberman's bills in the 107th Congress that led to the establishment of the 9/11 Commission and the enactment of the "E-Government Act of 2002".

Prior to working for Sen. Lieberman, Mr. Landy was in private practice for two years at the litigation firm of Jenner & Block in Washington, DC, and spent one year in Cambodia working for the Cambodian Court Reform Project, a human rights project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. For two years before law school, he helped monitor the Texas prison system and the Harris County Jail for special masters in two federal class action lawsuits.

Mr. Landy graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1988 and from Yale Law School in 1993.