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Fugitive Operations

Fugitive Operations

Fugitive Operations

"We remove criminals from our communities."

Since its inception in 2003, the National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) has arrested more than 445,000 removable noncitizens.

The National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) provides policy direction, strategic planning, and operational oversight for ERO’s efforts to locate, arrest and reduce the population of at-large removable noncitizens within the U.S. The NFOP manages budget, resource planning and investigative support to at-large enforcement efforts within the 24 ERO field offices, including 129 Fugitive Operations Teams that prioritize enforcement efforts toward noncitizens who present a heightened threat to national security and public safety, such as transnational gang members, child sex offenders and noncitizens with prior convictions for violent crimes. The NFOP is also responsible for ICE Probation and Parole Enforcement, the Mobile Criminal Alien Teams, and ERO’s Special Response Teams. NFOP plans and directs national enforcement operations to further national security and public safety objectives and provides logistical and operational support to local enforcement operations.

Key ICE Fugitive Operations Initiatives

Operation Cross Check

Operation Cross Check serves as the operational umbrella for focused enforcement efforts that target specific priority groups, such as at-large criminal noncitizens convicted of violent crimes.

Operation SOAR

Sex Offender Alien Removal (SOAR) is a coordinated foreign-born sex offender enforcement operation that builds on ICE’s ongoing efforts to target and remove these egregious criminal noncitizens from our communities. In support of this endeavor, ERO's Fugitive Operations Support Center (FOSC) has spearheaded a collaborative effort with the ERO Law Enforcement Support Center to identify criminal noncitizens who are registered as sex offenders.

Most Wanted

The Most Wanted program is a vital ICE ERO tool in the location and arrest of the most dangerous fugitives and at-large criminal noncitizens.

FAR Away

The National Fugitive Operations Program has established a permanent liaison with INTERPOL at the national level to develop investigative leads and provide support to the Fugitive Operations Teams in the location and arrest of Fugitive Arrest and Removal (FAR) cases or "foreign fugitives". These foreign nationals are wanted for serious crimes committed abroad.

Updated: 05/13/2021