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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HRSP News

U.S. Department of Justice Encourages Reporting of Human Rights Violations

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Representatives from the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Department of Justice traveled to Miami for a roundtable meeting with community stakeholders to combat and encourage reporting of, human rights violations.

North Dakota Man Convicted of Government Property Theft

Friday, November 18, 2016

A North Dakota resident was convicted today in connection with the theft of copper wire from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers of the District of North Dakota.

Justice Department charges dozens in massive Indian call center scheme

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The callers in India, claiming to be officials with the Internal Revenue Service or immigration services, would present those who answered the phone with an ultimatum. Pay us, or we’ll fine you, deport you or arrest you.

General Information - Criminal Human Rights and Special Prosecutions
Leadership 
Teresa McHenry
Chief
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)
Contact 
HRSP Direct Line
(202) 616-2492