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10/26/2010

ICE launches revamped ICE.gov website

WASHINGTON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, ICE.gov. The new website features the latest ICE news information and an enhanced media/image gallery. The new ICE.gov also includes in depth information about the ICE Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

"We need to communicate to the public about the outstanding work that the men and women of ICE are doing every day," said Brian P. Hale, assistant director of the ICE Office of Public Affairs. "The Web has proven to be an outstanding way to tell that story, and this new site will allow us to present ICE in a more informative, accessible and compelling way."

New functionality allows users to bookmark and share articles from ICE.gov, follow ICE on Twitter and view ICE-related videos on YouTube. Users can also subscribe to receive e-mail alerts on topics ranging from human smuggling to document and benefit fraud. ICE currently has more than 12,500 subscribers.

The new site also features ICE's Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS), a public, Internet-based tool, designed to assist family members, attorneys and other interested parties in locating detained aliens in ICE custody. The ODLS was launched on July 23, 2010.

"The site was developed with the needs of the community," said Luke McCormack, ICE's chief information officer. "We examined how visitors were coming to the site, what types of information they were most frequently looking for and how they interacted with the site. With that foundation, we developed a clean, modern interface that allows the public to find what they need in the simplest way possible."