Human Rights and Special Prosecutions (HRSP)

Human Rights and Special Prosecutions (HRSP)

Promoting justice by prosecuting human rights violators and other international criminals

The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. HRSP also prosecutes perpetrators of other international violent crimes, particularly those involving the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) or occurring within the Special Maritime & Territorial Jurisdiction of the United States (SMTJ). Finally, HRSP prosecutes members of international criminal networks who seek to evade our immigration laws, such as by smuggling persons into the United States. In addition to its prosecutorial activities, HRSP is actively engaged in policy work, both domestically and internationally.

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New Jersey Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Role in Illegal Immigration Scheme

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A New Jersey man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for orchestrating an eight-year scheme to falsify employment certifications to facilitate the illegal entry of Indian nationals into the United States and for filing a false tax return.

Final Two Defendants Sentenced to 440 and 348 Months in Prison for the Kidnapping and Murder of DEA Special Agent James “Terry” Watson

Monday April 13, 2015

Two Colombian nationals were sentenced to decades in U.S. federal prison today for their roles in the kidnapping and murder of former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent James “Terry” Watson in Bogotá, Colombia, on June 20, 2013.

General Information - Criminal Human Rights and Special Prosecutions
Teresa McHenry
William Ho-Gonzalez
Deputy Chief (Immigration)
Kathleen O'Connor
Deputy Chief (Human Rights)
Eli Rosenbaum
Director Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy
Matthew Stiglitz
Deputy Chief (International Violent Crime)
HRSP Direct Line
(202) 616-2492