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July 23, 2020Denver, COUnited StatesEnforcement and Removal, Child Exploitation

Colorado ICE officers remove man wanted for child rape in Peru

DENVER — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed a man July 16 wanted by the country of Peru for raping a child.

David Alava-Valdivia, 66, is a citizen of Peru and illegally present in the United States. He was arrested near his home Aug. 29, 2019 in Evanston, Wyoming.

"Locating and removing criminals who harm children so they can face justice in their home country is a priority for our officers," said John Fabbricatore, field office director, ERO Denver. "We’re thankful for the international partnerships that ensure dangerous criminals like Alava-Valdivia are removed from the U.S."

Alava-Valdivia legally entered the United States through Houston International Airport May 28, 2015 and failed to depart under the terms of his visa.

Alava-Valdivia’s removal was coordinated with the ICE attaché in Peru. He remained in custody at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility prior to his removal.

Alava-Valdivia was removed from the United States via a commercial flight to Jorge Chávez International Airport, Peru's main international and domestic airport. The airport is located in Callao, 11 kilometers from Lima, the nation's capital city.

ERO on occasion uses commercial carriers to transport aliens who have final orders of removal from an immigration judge. Officers escort aliens on these flights to their country of origin.

The Peruvian government has notified law enforcement agencies throughout the world that Alava-Valdivia may be considered dangerous, liable to commit sexual offenses involving minors. Alava-Valdivia is the subject of Peruvian Arrest Warrant number A-7315/7-2019.

Targets are often those who were arrested on local criminal charges or have blatant disregard for U.S. immigration laws. The agency’s arrest statistics clearly reflect this. Nationally, approximately 86 percent of all people arrested by ICE during fiscal year 2019 either had a criminal conviction, a pending criminal charge, had illegally re-entered the United States after being previously removed (a felony charge) or were an immigration fugitive subject to a judge’s final order of removal.

Aliens processed for removal may receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or

Updated: 07/24/2020