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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Individual Pleads Guilty to Murder in Indian Country 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

An enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and member of the Indian Brotherhood (IBH), a prison-based gang active in Oklahoma, pleaded guilty today to charges related to two separate homicides that took place in 2015 and 2017 within Indian Country in Oklahoma. 

Vermont Man Pleads Guilty to Hiring A Person to Kidnap and Kill an Individual in a Foreign Country and Child Pornography Charges

Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Vermont man pleaded guilty today to hiring a woman in Venezuela to kidnap an adult male and make a video of the man being beaten, tortured, and suffocated to death, and to conspiracy to produce child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Man Sentenced for Role in International Human Smuggling Conspiracy

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Bangladeshi national was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for his role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented individuals from Mexico into the United States.

Indiana Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Offense Onboard Commercial Aircraft

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

An Indiana man pleaded guilty today to engaging in sexual contact with a sleeping woman on a flight from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Denver, Colorado.

Naturalized U.S. Citizen from Ethiopia Arrested on Charge of Fraudulently Obtaining Citizenship 

Monday, June 21, 2021

A Georgia man has been arrested on criminal charges related to allegations that he lied to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Attorney General Announces Initiatives to Combat Human Smuggling and Trafficking and to Fight Corruption in Central America

Monday, June 7, 2021

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today announced a series of steps that the Department of Justice is taking to address the threats posed by both corruption and by transnational human smuggling and trafficking networks.

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