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ERO Custody Management

Provides policy and oversight for the administrative custody of one of the most highly transient and diverse populations of any or detention system in the world. Custody Management manages ICE detention operations efficiently and effectively to provide for the safety, security, and care of aliens in ERO custody.

ERO's Custody Management Division comprises the following:

  • Alternatives to Detention Division: Provides an alternative to detention through the use of technology, is responsible for the care and custody of unaccompanied alien children and families, and provides guidance related to immigration bond management.
  • Custody Programs Division: Enhances ICE’s immigration detention system through the coordination of programs such as the Detention Reporting and Information Line, a toll free number that addresses and resolves case inquiries made by aliens in ICE custody.
  • Detention Management Division: Coordinates with the 24 ERO Field Offices to ensure a safe and secure environment for aliens within ERO custody through facility compliance, on-site monitoring, and the acquisition of detention facilities.
Tae Johnson, Assistant Director, ERO Custody Management
Tae Johnson
Assistant Director for Custody Management for Enforcement and Removal Operations

Tae Johnson is the Assistant Director for Custody Management, Enforcement and Removal Operations, (ERO), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. The Custody Management Division provides policy and oversight for the administrative custody of more than 33,000 detainees daily and roughly 440,000 detainees annually.

The division oversees ICE detention operations and provides for the safe and secure care of ICE detainees. The ICE detention system consists of more than 210 local and state facilities operating under intergovernmental service agreements, contract detention facilities, ICE-owned facilities and facilities operated by the Bureau of Prisons.

Mr. Johnson began his federal career in 1992 with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service while serving as a co-op student trainee in Salisbury, Maryland. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Johnson has served as a detention enforcement officer, supervisory detention enforcement officer, supervisory immigration enforcement agent, and deportation officer with INS and ICE. Mr. Johnson transferred to ICE headquarters in 2007 where he served as a detention and deportation officer, and subsequently unit chief of the detention standards compliance unit. Mr. Johnson also served as chief of staff for the Office of Detention Policy and Planning, special assistant to the assistant secretary for ICE, and deputy chief of staff for the executive associate director for ERO.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Salisbury University. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service.


Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/03/2018