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December 23, 2016Newark, NJ, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes convicted child rapist to Ecuador

NEWARK, N.J. – A citizen of Ecuador was removed from the United States Dec. 23, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  Upon the man’s arrival in Ecuador, he was turned over to local authorities by ICE ERO officers.

Manuel Fernando Cajamarca-Curillo, 25, the subject of an Interpol warrant of arrest in Ecuador for the rape of a minor, was ordered removed by a U.S. immigration judge in November. He was convicted in July 2012, by the Appeals Court of the Special Criminal Division of Ecuador and sentenced to eight years and four months in prison before fleeing the country and illegally entering the United States.  He is also under investigation in Ecuador for the rape and murder of another minor.

“This removal highlights ICE ERO’s shared approach and collaboration to ensure border security and the rule of law,” said ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris. “ICE will continue to work closely with domestic and international law enforcement partners to ensure individuals such as Mr. Cajamarca-Curillo are removed from the U.S.” 

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with the ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States.

Interpol, the world's largest international police organization with 188 member countries, facilitates international police cooperation. Being the subject of an Interpol warrant is not a presumption of guilt.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the toll-free ICE tip line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.     

Updated: 12/23/2016