In connection with these hearings detainees are assigned a personal

In connection with these hearings detainees are

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In connection with these hearings, detainees are assigned a personal representative who advocates on behalf of the detainee. The United States recognizes the special needs of young detainees and the often difficult or unfortunate circumstances surrounding their situation. The personal representatives have access to all reasonably available information, including classified information, relevant to the determination of whether the detainee meets the criteria for internment and whether the detainee’s continued internment is necessary. Through the personal representative, the detainees are also afforded the opportunity to conduct a reasonable investigation into any exculpatory information and the opportunity to present information including reasonably available witnesses and documentary information. Detainees may elect to represent themselves instead of having a personal representative. 39. In response to the issues raised in paragraph 11(d), the United States has procedures in place to evaluate detainees medically, determine their ages, and provide for detention facilities and treatment appropriate for their ages. Every effort is made to provide them a secure environment, and to provide the special physical and psychological care that they may need. 40. All detainees in DOD custody, wherever they are held, have access to medical professionals who assess their physical and psychological needs. The medical staff specifically tracks all detainees 18 years or younger and discusses juvenile medical dispositions on a regular basis to address any medical concerns proactively. Juvenile detainees, in particular, are attended to by medical professionals who recognize that because of their age, they require special care. All detainees receive a physical examination and behavioral health screening from medical providers. In Afghanistan, the providers forward any recommendations for treatment to the relevant officials who assist in mitigating or alleviating medical concerns. 41. If they meet the applicable criteria, juveniles are able to cohabitate with family members who may also be detained in the DFIP. Juveniles may also have access to individualized recreation, education, and socialization programs developed in coordination with the medical staff and behavioral consultants. 42. In response to the issues raised in paragraph 11(e), consistent with its efforts to address the use of children in armed conflict, DOD works to ensure that U.S. military personnel recognize the special needs of juveniles captured on the battlefield and held in detention. The United States goes to great lengths to attend to the special needs of juveniles while they are in detention. The United States fully implements its humane treatment obligations under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. In addition, the United States recently conducted an extensive review and concluded that current U.S. military practices are also consistent with Additional Protocol II and article 75 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions.
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  • Armed forces

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