Human Rights Violations and War Crimes
HSI is at the forefront of the U.S. government’s efforts to prevent the United States from becoming a haven for individuals who engaged in the commission of war crimes, genocide, torture and other forms of serious human rights abuses around the globe. With roots tracing back to the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), HSI has more than 30 years of experience in successfully investigating human rights violators and protecting our communities from criminals who committed atrocities in conflicts overseas. When foreign war crimes suspects, persecutors and human rights abusers are identified within U.S. borders, HSI fully utilizes its powers and authorities of the law to investigate, prosecute and, whenever possible, remove any such offenders from the United States.
Through its human rights violations and war crimes investigations, HSI aims to:
- Prevent the admission of foreign war crimes suspects, persecutors and human rights abusers into the United States.
- Identify and prosecute individuals who have been involved and/or responsible for the commission of human rights abuses across the globe.
- Remove offenders located in the United States.
- Oversee the development of investigative programs in response to the President and the United States' obligation to prevent mass atrocities and hold accountable those perpetrators responsible for genocide and other gross human rights violations.
Since 2003, ICE has arrested more than 460 individuals for human rights-related violations of the law under various criminal and/or immigration statutes. During that same period, ICE obtained deportation orders against and physically removed more than 1,000 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States.