Immigration Solutions

ISAP – Intensive Supervision Appearance Program [2021]

What is ISAP?

The Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP) is an alternative to a detention program.

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) determines that an individual is eligible for bond or to be released on their own recognizance after been detained for an immigration violation, they are likely to be enrolled in ISAP.

ICE contracts agents to supervise ISAP participants using a variety of methods, including, but not limited to: ankle bracelets, telephonic reporting (landlines and cellphones), GPS tracking, and unannounced visits to participants’ homes.

If I have an ankle bracelet, how can I get it removed?

There is no standard or formal process you or an advocate may initiate to have an ankle bracelet removed.

The decision to remove an ankle bracelet is a decision that only ISAP makes on a case-by-case basis.

That said, you have the power to increase the likelihood for ISAP to decide to remove your ankle bracelet.

Every day that you comply with the terms of your release — including attending check-ins and updating ISAP of any changes to your address, etc. — you build a stronger foundation for requesting removal of your ankle bracelet. After months to years of complying with ISAP, your representative/advocate will have persuasive arguments to make in requesting that ISAP consider removing your ankle bracelet.

Very often, once you have filed your asylum application, turned over your passport to ICE, and have a future hearing date, we are able to make a request with ICE that the ankle bracelet be removed/and or ISAP monitoring be lifted. We are typically successful with this request.

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