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, recruitment or use of child soldiers, female genital mutilation, international antiquities trafficking, 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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Foreign National Sentenced to 31 Months in Prison for Leadership Role in Human Smuggling Conspiracy

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Pakistani citizen was sentenced today to 31months in prison for his role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented migrants from Pakistan into the United States.

Hyattsville Man Sentenced To 11 And A Half Months In Prison For Immigration Fraud

Friday, September 8, 2017

U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Jose Ortiz Morales, age 55, of Hyattsville, Maryland today to 11 and a half months in prison for attempted unlawful procurement of naturalization charges.

Former Cashier for U.S. Navy Morale Welfare and Recreation Center in Japan Pleads Guilty to Theft of Nearly $100,000

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Filipino woman who fled from Japan to the United States before being arrested in Overland Park, Kansas has pleaded guilty to stealing the equivalent of nearly $100,000 at a U.S. Naval base in Japan.

Teresa McHenry
Matthew Stiglitz
Principal Deputy Chief
Eli Rosenbaum
Deputy Chief (Director Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy)
Hope Olds
Deputy Chief (Immigration Crimes)
Tina Giffin
Acting Deputy Chief (Human Rights)
Pragna Soni
Acting Deputy Chief (International Violent Crime)
HRSP Direct Line
(202) 616-2492