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Office of Partnership and Engagement

What We Do

The Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) coordinates outreach efforts with the public, key stakeholders, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) leadership to increase local and national awareness of ICE's mission, while building relationships and fostering trust in our communities.


The OPE headquarters team comprises an Assistant Director, Deputy Assistant Director, Senior Advisor, Management Program Analyst and Mission Support Specialist who work on national and field matters.

The Community Engagement Office has a cadre of 25 community relations officers (CROs) in field offices across the United States who serve as liaisons to the public, key stakeholders, and ICE leadership. CROs are co-located throughout the country at either the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) or Field Office Director (FOD) field offices.

ICE's Victims Engagement and Services Line (VESL) serves as a comprehensive and inclusive support system for all victims, regardless of immigration status or the immigration status of the perpetrator. This includes guidance on available U- and T-visa resources and information about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign to counter human trafficking.

Updated: 09/27/2022