Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP)

Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (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, 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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Canadian National Pleads Guilty to Human Smuggling Conspiracy

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A Canadian national pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to bring aliens to the United States for private financial gain in connection with his role in a scheme to smuggle aliens from Sri Lanka through the Caribbean and into the United States.

WWII Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Removed to Germany

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Today a Tennessee resident with German citizenship was removed to Germany for participating in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution while serving as an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp in 1945.

Department of Justice Recognizes International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.

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Teresa McHenry
Hope Olds
Principal Deputy Chief
Eli Rosenbaum
Director, Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy
Michael Sheckels
Deputy Chief (Immigration Crimes)
Courtney Spivey Urschel
Deputy Chief (Human Rights)
Pragna Soni
Deputy Chief (International Violent Crime)
HRSP Direct Line
(202) 616-2492