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Human Rights Violators & War Crimes Center

The Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC) is the only government entity focused completely on investigating global atrocities and the perpetrators of human rights violations and war crimes. Initiated by HSI in 2008, the HRVWCC leverages the knowledge and expertise of a select group of special agents, attorneys, intelligence analysts, criminal research specialists and historians who are charged with preventing the United States from becoming a safe haven to individuals who engage in the commission of war crimes, genocide, torture and other forms of serious human rights abuses from conflicts around the globe. The center also brings together other DHS components and federal partners, to include the FBI and the Department of Justice, who work collaboratively alongside HSI to pursue human rights violators and war crimes investigations and prosecutions. With bona fide successes supporting this crucial concept, former ICE Director John Morton established the center as a permanent ICE entity in October 2009.

The Center is led by HSI with commitments from the following agencies and components:

  • ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Human Rights Violator Law Division
  • ICE Enforcement Removal Operations
  • DHS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • DHS U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • The FBI’s International Human Rights Unit
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Rights Special Prosecutions Section and Office of Immigration Litigation
  • U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division Terrorism and Criminal Investigations Unit (TCIU)
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Human Rights Violations and War Crimes

Human Rights Violations and War Crimes

Preventing the U.S. from becoming a safe haven to war criminals & human rights abusers

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National Security Investigations Division

National Security Investigations Division

Updated: 01/19/2021