BRASILIA, Brazil – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Brazilian Federal Highway Police (PRF) signed a joint declaration of cooperation Friday to enhance their ability to combat transnational criminal organizations.
ICE Director Sarah Saldaña and Maria Alice Nascimento Souza, director of the PRF, signed the bilateral agreement on behalf of both agencies. The declaration focuses on bilateral work to combat transnational criminal organizations operating in Brazil with a nexus to the United States.
Through the agreement, ICE and PRF will enhance cooperation through the sharing and development of best practices and advanced law enforcement techniques. Both agencies will also facilitate training opportunities and technical assistance related to the enforcement of laws under their respective authorities.
PRF Director Souza said, “We believe that the signature of the joint statement will allow not only for the enhancement of the bilateral cooperation between Brazil and the United States, but also for the institutional and operational development of both signatory agencies.”
Through its International Operations, HSI has 65 operational attaché offices in 46 countries around the world. HSI special agents work closely with foreign law enforcement agencies through a robust network of specialized, vetted units known as Transnational Criminal Investigative Units. Additionally, HSI brings personnel from host countries to the United States to train at the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.