ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:36:45 -0400 US returns stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in repatriation ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-returns-stolen-ancient-artifacts-iraq-repatriation-ceremony The “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet,” originated in what is now modern-day Iraq and entered the United States in violation of federal law. An international auction house (the “Auction House”) later sold the tablet to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (“Hobby Lobby”), an arts-and-crafts retailer based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for display at the Museum of the Bible. US returns stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in repatriation ceremony , US returns stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in repatriation ceremony , US returns stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in repatriation ceremony , US returns stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in repatriation ceremony , US returns stolen ancient artifacts to Iraq in repatriation ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-returns-stolen-ancient-artifacts-iraq-repatriation-ceremony Fri, 09/24/2021 - 12:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia Joint US-Brazil investigation leads to the arrest of Brazilian national for the alleged rape of 2 children in New Jersey https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-us-brazil-investigation-leads-arrest-brazilian-national-alleged-rape-2-children However, the Brazilian national had already fled the United States for Brazil by crossing into Mexico on foot and requesting an emergency travel document from the Brazilian embassy in Mexico. A Brazilian national cannot be extradited under the Brazilian Constitution, indicating the suspect fled to avoid arrest and prosecution by American authorities. Joint US-Brazil investigation leads to the arrest of Brazilian national for the alleged rape of 2 children in New Jersey , Investigation by HSI, State of New Jersey, and Brazilian authorities leads to the arrest of Brazilian national for the alleged rape of 2 children in the New Jersey https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-us-brazil-investigation-leads-arrest-brazilian-national-alleged-rape-2-children Fri, 09/24/2021 - 10:33 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces new online scheduling tool for noncitizen check-in appointments https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-new-online-scheduling-tool-noncitizen-check-appointments Noncitizens can create an appointment online using information found on their I-385 form, thus eliminating the need to wait on the phone or travel to an ICE office to make an appointment on a walk-in basis. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-new-online-scheduling-tool-noncitizen-check-appointments Thu, 09/02/2021 - 10:28 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces extension to new employee guidance to I-9 compliance flexibility https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-1 Due to the continued precautions related to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend this policy until Dec. 31, 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-1 Tue, 08/31/2021 - 17:02 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces updated policy to support noncitizen victims of crime https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-updated-policy-support-noncitizen-victims-crime ICE will help victims seek justice and facilitate access to immigration benefits for noncitizens who have been victims of crime. This new policy is designed to improve victims’ ability to seek justice against perpetrators of crime, including in cases of human trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-updated-policy-support-noncitizen-victims-crime Wed, 08/11/2021 - 13:34 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces first resource guide to aid human trafficking victims https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-first-resource-guide-aid-human-trafficking-victims ICE announced today the first Continued Presence (CP) resource guide to assist federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies nationwide with their human trafficking investigations and prosecutions. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-first-resource-guide-aid-human-trafficking-victims Fri, 07/30/2021 - 19:36 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia DHS statement on expedited removal flights for certain families https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-statement-expedited-removal-flights-certain-families Irregular migration to the United States is dangerous and may carry long-term immigration consequences. The journey is especially dangerous for families and children, including teenagers. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-statement-expedited-removal-flights-certain-families Fri, 07/30/2021 - 17:22 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia District man sentenced to 33 months for accessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/district-man-sentenced-33-months-accessing-child-pornography Brian Kampel, 44, pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Following his prison term, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/district-man-sentenced-33-months-accessing-child-pornography Fri, 07/30/2021 - 09:46 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces the latest results of Operation SOAR, targeting noncitizen sex offenders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-latest-results-operation-soar-targeting-noncitizen-sex-offenders Operation SOAR is a coordinated enforcement operation that builds on ongoing efforts to arrest and remove noncitizen sex offenders from our communities. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-latest-results-operation-soar-targeting-noncitizen-sex-offenders Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE issues new policy on pregnant, postpartum, nursing individuals https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-issues-new-policy-pregnant-postpartum-nursing-individuals In the very limited circumstances in which detention is necessary and appropriate, ICE provides general health and well-being care, including regular custody and medical reevaluation, ensuring appropriate pre- and/or post-natal and other medical and mental health care. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-issues-new-policy-pregnant-postpartum-nursing-individuals Fri, 07/09/2021 - 10:20 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE HSI, partners seize Mexico-bound guns and munitions https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-partners-seize-mexico-bound-guns-and-munitions Significant disruption to Mexico-bound gun trafficking continues under Operation Without a Trace, with seizures of 1,125 firearms, over 680,000 rounds of ammunition, $28 million in currency and 360 arrests made to date. Along with this multi-agency, ongoing operation, agents seek the public’s assistance in reporting suspicious activity. Operation Without a Trace https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-partners-seize-mexico-bound-guns-and-munitions Fri, 07/02/2021 - 12:52 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE returns ancient stone lintels to Thailand https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-ancient-stone-lintels-thailand In May 2017, the Ministry of Culture notified HSI Bangkok that two stolen sandstone lintels, from Khmer era sanctuaries, were exhibited at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. A lintel is an architectural support and artistic element of a structure which is placed over a doorway or window. The artifacts were stolen from northeastern Thailand sometime during the late 1950s or early 1960s.  ICE returns ancient stone lintels to Thailand , ICE returns ancient stone lintels to Thailand , ICE returns ancient stone lintels to Thailand https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-ancient-stone-lintels-thailand Tue, 06/29/2021 - 13:38 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia IPR Center to combat wildlife and natural capital trafficking with Grace Farms Foundation, Liberty Shared https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-combat-wildlife-and-natural-capital-trafficking-grace-farms-foundation The IPR Center today announced dual partnerships with Grace Farms Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused ending modern slavery and violence, and Liberty Shared, a global counter-trafficking nongovernmental organization, to advance their collective shared missions of eliminating wildlife and other natural capital trafficking crimes around the world. To commemorate the partnership, Steve Francis, IPR Center director, Duncan Jepson, Liberty Shared executive director, and Rod Khattabi, Director of Global Justice Initiative Trainings & Risk Officer at Grace Farms, signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) during the IPR Center’s 2021 Wildlife Crime virtual roundtable in Crystal City, Va. , MOU being signed during the IPR Center’s 2021 Wildlife Crime virtual roundtable in Crystal City, Va. , MOU being signed during the IPR Center’s 2021 Wildlife Crime virtual roundtable in Crystal City, Va. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-combat-wildlife-and-natural-capital-trafficking-grace-farms-foundation Thu, 06/24/2021 - 14:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE HSI, international law enforcement partners arrest over 85 in Operation Protected Childhood 8 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-international-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-over-85-operation-protected ICE HSI in collaboration with Brazil Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP) Secretariat for Integrated Operations (SEOPI) Cyber Laboratory, executed phase eight of Operation Protected Childhood (OPC) resulting in the arrest of approximately 88 alleged child predators. This large-scale simultaneous enforcement action was executed between June 8 and June 11. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-international-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-over-85-operation-protected Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:08 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE launches Victims Engagement and Services Line (VESL) https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-launches-victims-engagement-and-services-line-vesl The new program will serve as a more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system offered by ICE that will ensure services are offered to all victims regardless of immigration status of the victim or perpetrator. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-launches-victims-engagement-and-services-line-vesl Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:54 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia IPR Center, King’s College London sign international academic partnership agreement to combat global IP infringement https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-kings-college-london-sign-international-academic-partnership-agreement The partnership represents an important step for global intellectual property rights protection and will focus on mutual goals that allow for the exchange and sharing of information between the Law School and the IPR Center to develop a unified approach in the enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world. IPR Center, King’s College London sign international academic partnership agreement to combat global IP infringement , IPR Center Logo , IPR Center, King’s College London sign international academic partnership agreement to combat global IP infringement , King's College London logo https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-kings-college-london-sign-international-academic-partnership-agreement Wed, 06/09/2021 - 13:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia HSI, Brazil Federal Police execute large-scale disruption of international arms trafficking organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-federal-police-execute-large-scale-disruption-international-arms On June 1, four arrest warrants and eight search and seizure warrants were carried out in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian authorities, while one arrest warrant for a U.S.-based TCO member was simultaneously executed in Orlando, Florida by HSI Miami and HSI Orlando as part of Operation Iron Tire. Magazines and ammo hidden in tire (“Operation Iron Tire”) , Ring with TCO’s symbol https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-federal-police-execute-large-scale-disruption-international-arms Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:23 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE announces extension, new employee guidance to I-9 compliance flexibility https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-0 The current extension includes guidance for employees hired on or after Jun. 1, 2021, and work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions. Those employees are temporarily exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) until they undertake non-remote employment on a regular, consistent, or predictable basis, or the extension of the flexibilities related to such requirements is terminated, whichever is earlier. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-0 Wed, 05/26/2021 - 15:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE removes Guatemalan citizen for alleged human rights violations in connection with 1982 Dos Erres massacre https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-citizen-alleged-human-rights-violations-connection-1982-dos Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales, 59, a former member of an elite Guatemalan army unit known as the Kaibiles, is accused of taking part in the massacre in which Guatemalan special forces executed 200 unarmed villagers, including women and children. Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales , Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-citizen-alleged-human-rights-violations-connection-1982-dos Wed, 05/12/2021 - 14:13 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia IPR Center launches community-based initiative to help small business protect themselves against intellectual property theft, other fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-launches-community-based-initiative-help-small-business-protect-themselves This joint initiative provides resources – free of charge – to aid small to mid-size businesses in protecting themselves against IP theft, fraud and cyber security awareness. IPR Center launches community-based initiative to help small business protect themselves against intellectual property theft, other fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-launches-community-based-initiative-help-small-business-protect-themselves Mon, 04/26/2021 - 12:10 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE HSI marks the anniversary of Operation Stolen Promise with $48M in COVID-19 fraud proceeds, 21.2M fake respirator masks seized https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-marks-anniversary-operation-stolen-promise-48m-covid-19-fraud-proceeds-212m ICE HSI marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement of Operation Stolen Promise, the ongoing operation protecting the United States from COVID-19 related crime. ICE HSI marks the anniversary of Operation Stolen Promise with $48M in COVID-19 fraud proceeds, 21.2M fake respirator masks seized https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-marks-anniversary-operation-stolen-promise-48m-covid-19-fraud-proceeds-212m Fri, 04/16/2021 - 09:55 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE removes Guatemalan man wanted for robbery, murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-man-wanted-robbery-murder Ismael Sanchez-Alvarado, 28, was removed from the U.S. by way of an ICE Air Operations charter flight and was transferred into the custody of Guatemalan law enforcement authorities. Sanchez-Alvarado was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice and considered a Fugitive Alien Removal (FAR) case. Ismael Sanchez-Alvarado , Ismael Sanchez-Alvarado https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-man-wanted-robbery-murder Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:53 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia $5M reward offered for information leading to arrest, conviction of major Mexican drug cartel member https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-major-mexican-drug-cartel Flores-Silva was charged in a federal indictment on August 13, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictment charges Flores-Silva with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one kilogram or more of heroin for importation into the United States, as well as carrying, using and possessing a firearm in relation to a drug offense. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-major-mexican-drug-cartel Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:37 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia ICE removes convicted felon tied to 1985 murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Salazar https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-convicted-felon-tied-1985-murder-dea-special-agent-enrique-kiki-camarena Juan Jose Bernabe Ramirez, 62, a Mexican citizen, was turned over to Mexican immigration officials on the international boundary at the Paso Del Norte Bridge in downtown El Paso, Texas. Bernabe is considered a threat to public safety due to his criminal convictions. Members of the ERO El Paso Special Response Team escort Juan Jose Bernabe Ramirez, 62, to the U.S.-Mexico international boundary at the Paso del Norte Bridge where he was turned over to the custody of Mexican authorities. , Members of the ERO El Paso Special Response Team escort Juan Jose Bernabe Ramirez, 62, to the U.S.-Mexico international boundary at the Paso del Norte Bridge where he was turned over to the custody of Mexican authorities. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-convicted-felon-tied-1985-murder-dea-special-agent-enrique-kiki-camarena Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:46 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia US, Canada establish cross-border task force to disrupt gun smuggling and trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-canada-establish-cross-border-task-force-disrupt-gun-smuggling-and-trafficking A U.S.-Canada task force dedicated to disrupting and dismantling the illegal movement of firearms, ammunition, and explosive weapons across the U.S.-Canadian border was announced today by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in another step forward to address gun smuggling and trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-canada-establish-cross-border-task-force-disrupt-gun-smuggling-and-trafficking Fri, 04/02/2021 - 10:28 ICE Headline News Feed by State - District of Columbia