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Investigations

Investigations

Investigations

HSI investigates the illegal cross border movement of people, goods, money, technology and other contraband into, out of and throughout the United States. Across the country and around the world, HSI special agents launch and pursue investigations into transnational crime and violations of the customs and immigration laws of the United States.

Click on the topics below to learn more about each type of investigation HSI conducts.

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Narcotics Smuggling

Identifying, disrupting & dismantling international drug trafficking organizations

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Financial Crime

Disrupting transnational criminal organizations by targeting & seizing illicit profits

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Child Exploitation

Protecting children from crimes of victimization

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Transnational Gangs

Investigating gang leadership, members & associates in the United States & abroad

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Labor Exploitations

Targeting employers involved in criminal activity & labor exploitation

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Human Smuggling

Identifying, disrupting & dismantling transnational criminal human smuggling networks

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Human Trafficking

Leading the global fight against human trafficking

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Weapons Trafficking

Disrupting the illicit flow of weapons, firearm components & ammunition

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Cybercrime

Investigating individuals & networks who commit online criminal activity

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Identity and Benefit Fraud

Leading criminal investigations into document & benefit fraud

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Forced Labor

Investigating forced labor criminal activity both domestically & internationally

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Arms and Strategic Technology Proliferation

Preventing illicit export & transfer of sensitive technology & defense articles

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Terrorism and National Security Threats

Applying the agency’s vast authorities to protect national security

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Human Rights Violations and War Crimes

Preventing the U.S. from becoming a safe haven for war criminals & human rights abusers

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Cultural Property, Art, and Antiquities Smuggling

Investigating the illicit importation & distribution of stolen or looted cultural property

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Intellectual Property Crime and Trade Fraud

Protecting intellectual property & combating illicit trade practices

Updated: 09/01/2021