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Homeland Security Investigations


Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security. HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America's customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation's borders.


HSI strives to be a preeminent law enforcement entity that provides unparalleled investigation, interdiction and security services to the public and the agency's law enforcement partners.

The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.

HSI has broad legal authority to enforce over 400 federal statues and uses this authority to investigate all types of smuggling and cross-border criminal activity, to include: financial crimes, bulk cash smuggling, human smuggling and trafficking, commercial fraud and intellectual property rights, cybercrimes and the exploitation of children, narcotics smuggling and trafficking, immigration and document fraud, human rights violations, transnational gang activity, and weapons smuggling and export enforcement. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.

In addition to ICE criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of nearly 9,000 employees, consisting of over 6,000 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 67 offices in 48 countries around the world.

Peter Edge, Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations
Peter Edge
Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations

Peter T. Edge is the executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE is the largest investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 48 countries around the world. As the director, Mr. Edge has direct oversight of ICE's investigative and enforcement initiatives and operations targeting cross-border criminal organizations that exploit America's legitimate travel, trade, financial and immigration systems for their illicit purposes. This includes the investigation of financial crimes; bulk cash smuggling; narcotics smuggling and trafficking; human smuggling and trafficking; commercial trade, fraud and intellectual property right crimes; cyber crimes and the exploitation of children; immigration and document and benefit fraud; human rights violators; transnational gang activity; and weapons smuggling and export enforcement. To accomplish this mission, Mr. Edge administers a budget of more than $2 billion and is responsible for strategic planning, national policy implementation and the development and execution of all operational initiatives.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Edge served as the deputy associate director for HSI, ICE, Washington, D.C.; and before that, Mr. Edge served as the special agent in charge in the HSI Newark office. He supervised a cadre of special agents responsible for investigating and enforcing more than 400 customs and immigration laws, including narcotics, financial and trade, gang, intellectual property rights, human smuggling and child pornography investigations.

During the transition to the Obama administration, Mr. Edge served as the acting director of the Office of Congressional Relations at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he served as acting deputy special agent in charge of the New York HSI office, where he was responsible for more than 400 ICE personnel and six assistant special agents in charge. Edge also oversaw the El Dorado Task Force and the New York High Intensity Financial Crimes Area in New York. Previously, he served as the assistant special agent in charge of the Immigration Division and acting deputy special agent in charge at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport while in New York.

At JFK International Airport, he supervised internal conspiracy investigations, as well as financial and trade investigations. Prior to being assigned to the New York office in 2005, Mr. Edge served as a national program manager and Department of Defense liaison in the Strategic Investigations Division at ICE headquarters. He was also assigned as a congressional fellow with the Senate Appropriations Committee and served as a congressional liaison within the ICE Office of Congressional Relations.

Mr. Edge is a 25-year law enforcement veteran who began his career as an investigator in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey. He has held numerous leadership positions on state, local and federal law enforcement task forces and has extensive experience conducting narcotics, money laundering, and commercial fraud and corruption investigations.


HSI Divisions

HSI comprises eight key divisions:

HSI Field Offices

HSI has 26 field offices throughout the United States.