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A Religious Services Program (RSP) addresses a broad range of detainee needs. Examples include conducting worship services, providing counseling, accommodating requests for new religious practices, facilitating observance of holy days, maintaining religious property in a respectful manner, allowing detainees to fast as needed, and ensuring detainees the opportunity to comply with dietary requirements.

An effective RSP carries out religious services and pastoral care by efficiently allocating tasks to staff, planning for adequate programing, and checking on the quality of its services. Operational RSPs periodically critique their programs to confirm compliance with guidelines and a sufficient array of services. Generally, an accomplished RSP complies with ICE/ERO Detention Standards and maintains a basic knowledge of major faith traditions.


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Introduction
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Starting a new RSP at detention facility is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. Here Jesuit Refugee Service/USA offers its insight into starting a new program based on years of experience partnering with DHS. RSP Structure and Staffing explains the national and local management teams that Jesuit Refugee Service/USA uses to implement its RSP.
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Authorization for Common Fare Participation
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Sample form necessary for a detainee to receive the common fare diet.
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Burial Rituals of Select Religious Traditions
Thursday, October 02, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Introduction to the burial rituals of different religions.
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Calendars of Religious Holidays
Sunday, July 06, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Calendars for Baha'i, Buddhism, Eastern Rite Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Orisha, Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Rastafari, Roman Catholicism, and Sikhism.
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Chaplains & Other Religious Services Coordinators
Monday, January 07, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — The ICE/ERO Detention Standards describe the basic role of a detention facility's chaplain.
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Congregate Religious Property
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — The items used by various faith traditions in group worship.
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Contractors & Volunteers
Saturday, January 12, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards allow chaplains to use volunteers from churches and the community to augment the religious services offered by the facility.
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Death or Serious Illness of Family Members
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards permit chaplains to play a role in notifying detainees if a loved one has died.
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Detainees in Special Management & Hospital Units
Thursday, January 10, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards ensure that detainees in Special Management Units or Hospital Units still have access to religious services and pastoral care.
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Dietary Requirements
Saturday, August 02, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards accommodate the religious diets of detainees. A detainee should complete the Authorization for Common Fare to begin receiving the proper meals.
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Dietary Restrictions for Major Religions
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — The basic dietary requirements for different religions.
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Evaluating the RSP
Friday, January 04, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — There is more to running a RSP than providing religious services and pastoral care. A well-run program functions according to standard operations, it monitors the quality of its services for detainees, and immediately addresses program shortcomings.
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Introduction of New & Unfamiliar Religious Components
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards permit detainees to request new religious services. Chaplains research the requests and make a recommendation to the detention facility administration.
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Keeping Kosher
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — A simple description of the extensive Jewish dietary laws including clarification about specific kosher food vendors and food additives.
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Local RSP Planning
Thursday, January 03, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — A RSP organized with proper management and staffing can easily undertake starting the RSP at a detention center. An effective local RSP begins with excellent planning. This means writing a Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Plan that incorporates a Site Assessment as well as considerations about staff development, performance reviews, termination, and conflict resolution.
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Major Holy Days
Saturday, July 05, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Lists of holy days important to various religions including some description of the significance.
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Medical Prohibitions of Major Religions
Friday, January 11, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Medical procedures and treatments forbidden by religious belief.
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Pastoral Visits
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards authorize chaplains to bring in outside clergy or ministers for the pastoral care of detainees.
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Personal Religious Property
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Lists of personal items used for religious worship and prayer.
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Religious Fasts
Monday, September 01, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards recognize that detainees may fast for certain holidays and for personal religious reasons. The accommodations for a detainee's fast depends on the specific situation.
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Religious Holy Days
Thursday, July 03, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards require detention facilities to observe religious holy days of its population.
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Religious Opportunities & Limitations
Saturday, January 05, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards afford detainees the opportunity to practice their religions, while the detention facility maintains safety, security, and orderly operation.
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Religious Preferences
Sunday, January 06, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards empower detainees to designate a religious preference and change it at any time.
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Religious Property & Personal Care
Monday, July 07, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards permit detainees to have personal religious property that includes prayer items and certain types of apparel.
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Religious Use of Wine
Monday, September 08, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards allow chaplains to use wine when necessary for religious rituals.
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Religious/Special Diets
Monday, August 04, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards outline how Food Service complies with a detainee request for a religious diet.
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Required Daily Observances
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Daily religious requirements for Baha'i, Buddhism, Eastern Rite Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Orisha, Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Rastafari, Roman Catholicism, and Sikhism.
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Required Occasional Observances
Thursday, January 10, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Religious holidays and other ceremonies that occur throughout the year in Baha'i, Buddhism, Eastern Rite Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Orisha, Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Rastafari, Roman Catholicism, and Sikhism.
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Required Weekly Observances
Thursday, January 08, 2009
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Weekly observances for Baha'i, Buddhism, Eastern Rite Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Orisha, Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Rastafari, Roman Catholicism, and Sikhism.
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RSP Review
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — The RSP Review assists a chaplain in determining if his program meets requirements established by the ICE/ERO Detention Standards. The goal is to underscore significant areas of compliance and enable chaplains to better serve the religious and pastoral needs of detainees.
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RSP Staffing & Structure
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — Administering a RSP involves an organizational structure, a plan for each detention facility, and policies for monitoring a functioning RSP.
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Sacred Writings of Major Religions
Friday, August 01, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — The sacred texts important to different religions.
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Schedules and Facilities
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards ensure that chaplains will have a space in the facility for religious services. Chaplains have obligations for scheduling the space and keeping it faith-neutral.
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Visits from Community Service Organizations
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards allow community organizations to provide services that have a religious, educational, therapeutic, or recreational value.
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Work Assignments
Friday, July 04, 2008
(Washington, D.C.) May 1, 2011 — ICE/ERO Detention Standards permit detainees to skip voluntary work assignments on religious holy days.
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