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Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP)


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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.


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.

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Claire Trickler-McNulty
Acting Assistant Director of Office of Detention Policy and Planning

Claire Trickler-McNulty is the acting Assistant Director for the Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ODPP leads ICE's efforts to improve the current immigration detention system, working extensively with both internal and external stakeholders.

Ms. Trickler-McNulty joined ICE in 2014 as the ODPP Deputy Assistant Director.  Since 2015, she has also served as the ICE Prevention of Sexual Assault (PSA) Coordinator working to implement the ICE Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention (SAAPI) Program to ensure effective procedures for preventing, reporting, responding to, investigating, and tracking incidents or allegations of sexual abuse or assault against individuals in ICE custody. 

Before joining ICE, Ms. Trickler-McNulty worked for three years with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties as the Deputy Director for Compliance. During that time she worked on investigations of conditions at immigration detention facilities and collaborated with ICE on the development of a number of important policies. 

Prior to working for DHS, Ms. Trickler-McNulty served as the Deputy Director for the American Bar Association, Commission on Immigration. Ms. Trickler-McNulty was also in private practice for three years at a small immigration law firm in Washington, DC.

Ms. Trickler-McNulty graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College in 2001 and magna cum laude from the American University, Washington College of Law in 2005.