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Office of Congressional Relations (OCR)

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The Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) is the primary point of contact for the U.S. Congress. OCR focuses on promoting a greater understanding of ICE operations, policies, programs and initiatives among members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staff.

Mission

OCR serves as the primary liaison to Congress for ICE. OCR is committed to providing Members of Congress and their staff with timely, relevant, and accurate information regarding ICE missions, priorities, and programs.

Resources

Privacy Waiver Authorizing Disclosure to a Third Party (ICE Form 620-001):
Note: those who have applied for or have received any of the following immigration benefits is legally entitled to confidentiality:

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker
  • Asylum
  • T Visa (for trafficking victims)
  • Battered Spouse/Child Seeking Hardship Waiver
  • U Visa (for victims of certain crimes)
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

In order for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to share information regarding these types of benefits, the beneficiary/recipient must affirmatively waive their confidentiality rights.  The ICE privacy wavier form specifically addresses this requirement. Waiving of these rights is not required; however, if the beneficiary/recipient does not waive these rights, DHS may be unable to disclose some or all of the information requested.

Online Detainee Locator
To use the detainee locator, search by A-number (alien number and country of birth) or biographical information (first name, last name, country of birth, and month/day/year of birth)

Please note, the system cannot search records of persons under the age of 18.

Facility Locator
For information pertaining to facility visitation/touring information, view the Stakeholder Procedures for Requesting a Detention Facility Tour and/or Visitation.

HSI Tip Line
866-347-2423 (open 24/7)
To report suspicious criminal activity involving terrorism, cybercrimes, drug smuggling, money laundering, human trafficking/smuggling, human rights violators, import/export violations, child pornography/exploitation, document and benefit fraud, gang-related crimes, intellectual property rights violations, and work site enforcement.

Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE)
Hotline: 885-488-6423
VOICE ensures that victims and their families have access to releasable information about a perpetrator and offer assistance explaining the immigration removal process.

Please note, this is not a hotline to report crime (please refer to the HSI tipline).

Roles and Responsibilities

IssueAgency
Ports of Entry, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. border apprehensions, statistics, etc.U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Interior enforcement, detention centers, removals, Worksite Enforcement, 287(g) Program, Cultural Property Repatriation, Intellectual Property Rights Center, etc.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Citizenship, citizenship for spouses, naturalization, immigration benefits, asylum, E-Verify, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, etc.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Status of immigration court cases – Executive Office for Immigration Review and Board of Immigration AppealsDepartment of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
Refugees, placement/sheltering for unaccompanied alien children, etc.Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement
TSA PreCheck, REAL ID, airports, baggage screening, etc.Transportation Security Administration
Raymond Kovacic, Office of Congressional Relations
Raymond Kovacic
Office of Congressional Relations

Raymond Kovacic is the Assistant Director, Office of Congressional Relations (OCR), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

OCR represents ICE on Capitol Hill through a broad variety of congressional liaison activities that promote greater awareness of ICE operations and national and local policies as well as the agency's various programs and initiatives. OCR partners closely with ICE leadership and the Department of Homeland Security to execute these liaison efforts.

Prior to his appointment, Raymond served as the Assistant Field Office Director in Ventura, California, a sub-office of the Los Angeles Field Office. Raymond was responsible for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties and the San Fernando Valley, where he led critical ICE programs and operations to identify, arrest, and remove illegal aliens from the United States.

At the forefront of developing innovative approaches to fugitive removals, Raymond was crucial to supporting his office’s increased enforcement activities. Throughout his near three-decade long federal law enforcement career he developed a network of critical relationships with law enforcement leaders and  members of Congress.

Following 9/11, Raymond was a senior member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Osama Bin Laden Unit, Counterterrorism Section, FBI Headquarters, where he spearheaded intelligence gathering efforts.

From 1991 to 2003, Raymond was a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of Investigations (OI), which was transitioned to the newly formed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2003.  He also served  from 2004 to 2006 as the ICE liaison to U.S. Senator John Cornyn and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Through his comprehensive knowledge of public policy and administration objectives and his ability to strike a balance between political, policy, and individual interests, he advanced the ICE mission by forging strategic partnerships with congressional offices and staff in concert with the Director and ICE officials.

Raymond was born in Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Northeastern University. He has two sons, Michael and Jared, who reside in Westlake Village, California.

 

 

Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/06/2019