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Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC)


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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) was established on July 24, 2015, under the authority of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and chartered under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Title 5, United States Code, Appendix). The ACFRC comprises experts in the fields of primary education, detention management, detention reform, immigration law, family and youth services, trauma-informed services, and physical and mental health.  The Committee will play a critical role in providing advice to the Department and ICE on matters concerning family residential centers. 

Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) Members

Mr. Kurt Schwarz, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Ms. BethAnn Berliner, Senior Researcher and Project Director, WestEd

Mr. Howard Berman, Senior Advisor/Attorney, Covington & Burling LLP

Ms. Michelle Brané, Director, Migrant Rights and Justice program, Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

Dr. William Arroyo, Regional Medical Director/Medical Director, Children’s System of Care, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)

Dr. Andres Pumariega, Chair/Chief of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Cooper University Hospital and Health System

Ms. Karen Musalo, Director, University of Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS)

Ms. Leslye Orloff, Attorney, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)

Ms. Sonia Parras-Konrad, Co-Director, ASISTA

Ms. Judith Dolins, Associate Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Ms. Jennifer Nagda, Policy Director, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, University of Chicago

Ms. Anadora Moss, President, The Moss Group, Inc.

Ms. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

Ms. Margo Schlanger, Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

ACFRC Subcommittee on Access to Counsel and Language Services

  • Jennifer Nagda, Chair
  • Dora Schriro, Vice Chair
  • Sonia Parras-Konrad
  • Margo Schlanger
  • Kurt Schwarz
  • Karen Musalo

Meeting Minutes

ACFRC Subcommittee on Education

  • BethAnn Berliner, Chair
  • Anadora Moss, Vice Chair
  • Michelle Brané

Meeting Minutes

ACFRC Subcommittee on Medical and Mental Health

  • Leslye Orloff, Chair
  • Judith Dolins, Vice Chair
  • Dr. William Arroyo
  • Dr. Andres Pumariega

Meeting Minutes

Develop recommendations for best practices at family residential centers that will build on ICE’s existing efforts in the areas of educational services, language services, intake and out-processing procedures, medical staffing, expansion of available resources and specialized care, and access to legal counsel.

Detail mechanisms to achieve recommended efficiencies in the following focus areas:

  1. Educational Services
    • Providing educational services to a juvenile population that will be in custody for a short period of time.
    • Providing individualized educational services to a transient juvenile population with little to no English language capabilities and from a variety of socio-economic and educational levels.
    • Phasing full delivery of services over a 15 – 20 day period with an expectation that the juvenile will be released and enrolled in a public school located in the United States pending resolution of their immigration proceedings.
  2. Language Services
    • Providing accurate and timely language services.
  3. Detention Management
    • Evaluating intake and out-processing procedures to improve overall management, to include screening, communication of resources available, and alternatives to detention.
  4. Medical Treatment
    • Expanding existing resources and specialized care to enhance medical treatment of family units.
    • Providing mental health services/trauma-informed services to a multi-lingual population whose average length of stay may not lend itself to full delivery of treatment.
    • Recruiting, placing, and retaining qualified health care providers.
      • Recruitment through a contract for services, the U.S. Public Health Service Corps, and Title V/Title 38 general schedule personnel.
  5. Access to Counsel
    • Evaluating existing resources and tools.


There are no upcoming meetings at this time.

As announced in the Federal Register, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) met on October 7, 2016, at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Headquarters to vote on and finalize draft recommendations.

Any member of the public wishing to provide written comments to the ACFRC may email ICE_ACFRC@ice.dhs.gov. Statements should be no longer than two type-written pages and should address the following details: the issue, discussion, and recommended course of action.

Briefing Materials and Meeting Minutes

Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/03/2018