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HERO Child-Resuce Corp Program participants

The Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child-Rescue Corps is a program developed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in conjunction with the National Association to Protect Children.

The HERO Child-Rescue Corps Program is designed for wounded, injured and ill Special Operations Forces to receive training in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist federal agents in the fight against online child sexual exploitation. Upon successful completion of the program HERO interns will have the knowledge, skills and experience to apply for careers with federal, state and local police agencies, and other organizations, in the field of computer forensics.

The program is now seeking additional candidates for this one-year, non-paid internship at HSI computer forensics laboratories across the country. Application deadline is Feb. 7, 2014. Please contact your Care Coalition advocate and the USSOCOM Care Coalition Transition Team at CareCoalitionTransition@socom.mil.

The HERO Corps Program entails:

  • 4 weeks of introductory training at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee
  • 6 weeks of intensive computer forensics training in Fairfax, VA, leading to certifications in CompTIA A+, AccessData Certified Examiners (ACE) and EnCase 1
  • 10 months of practical experience assisting HSI special agents with criminal cases and prosecutions, with duties, such as: image and process digital media, forensic analysis, assist investigators to identify high-value targets and locate child victims, prepare detailed reports for prosecutions

The HERO Corps Program is open to all wounded, ill or injured SOCOM Care Coalition Special Operations Forces who meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • Active Duty Operation Warfighter internships
  • VA/Vocational Rehabilitation Non-Paid Work Experience, which may provide VA benefits
  • Student internships (must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours of classes)

Additionally, you must meet the minimum requirements below:

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Have, or be able to obtain, a Secret level clearance
  • Must successfully pass a basic computer knowledge screening that will be conducted telephonically based on content that can be located in the Comptia A+ study guide

HERO Corps participants will be expected to pass the CompTIA A+ certification test following two weeks of preparatory training at the HSI Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Virginia. This training consists of computer fundamentals, computer technology, computer hardware and software, basic computer networking principles and understanding the installation and configuration of operating systems. The second portion of the training, the Basic Computer Evidence Recovery Training (BCERT), is an introduction to computer forensics, write blocking concepts, computer imaging, memory acquisition, forensic software tools and legal issues/concerns. Upon completion of the computer forensic training, participants will have received the CompTIA A+ certification, the AccessData Certified Examiners (ACE) certification and the EnCase 1 training certificate.

The HERO Corps is a non-paid internship program. Individuals selected for this program are not considered federal employees for any purpose other than compensation for injuries sustained during the performance of work assignments. This volunteer opportunity does not imply or guarantee any permanent or temporary federal civil service employment with DHS and ICE.

Please contact your Care Coalition advocate and the USSOCOM Care Coalition Transition Team at CareCoalitionTransition@socom.mil.

For additional information or questions on the program, please email hero@ice.dhs.gov or contact the Care Coalition.

The HERO Corps opportunities are available in the following locations:


  • Anchorage


  • Douglas
  • Nogales
  • Phoenix
  • Tucson


  • Bakersfield
  • El Centro
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Ysidro


  • Denver
  • Grand Junction


  • Hartford
  • New Haven


  • Wilmington

District of Columbia

  • Washington


  • Cocoa Beach
  • Ft. Pierce
  • Jacksonville
  • Key West
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Pensacola
  • Tampa
  • West Palm Beach


  • Albany
  • Atlanta
  • Savannah


  • Honolulu


  • Boise
  • Idaho Falls


  • Chicago
  • Springfield


  • Indianapolis


  • Louisville


  • Lafayette
  • Lake Charles
  • New Orleans


  • Baltimore


  • Boston


  • Detroit
  • Grand Rapids


  • St. Paul


  • Kansas City
  • St. Louis


  • Great Falls
  • Kalispell


  • Las Vegas
  • Reno

New Jersey

  • Cherry Hill
  • Newark

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque

New York

  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • JFK
  • Long Island
  • Massena
  • New York

North Carolina

  • Charlotte

North Dakota

  • Grand Forks


  • Cleveland
  • Columbus


  • Oklahoma City


  • Portland


  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh

Puerto Rico

  • Ponce
  • San Juan

South Carolina

  • Charleston
  • Greenville


  • Chattanooga
  • Knoxville


  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Eagle Pass
  • El Paso
  • Houston
  • Laredo
  • McAllen
  • Midland
  • San Antonio


  • Salt Lake City


  • South Burlington


  • Fairfax
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond


  • Seattle
The Department of Homeland Security is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.