For Immediate Release

AACAP Releases Letter Responding to ORR, ICE, for use of Confidential Therapy Notes in Cases Against Immigrant Minors

Washington, DC, February 21, 2020 –On behalf of the 9,600 members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), we condemn the recently detailed actions of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that called for otherwise confidential medical information to be used as a means to prosecute immigrant minors.

AACAP responds to this alleged practice with a comment letter addressed to the director and acting director of the ORR and ICE, respectively. As a psychiatric organization dedicated to the healthcare and well-being of minors everywhere, we view this breach of confidentiality as contrary to accepted medical ethics and effective patient care.

AACAP implores the ORR and ICE to end this practice of breaching the confidentiality of patient detainees seeking mental health treatment.

Access the full letter here.

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