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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Former U.S. Citizen Extradited To Bosnia To Face Murder Charges

Friday, August 31, 2018

Alexander Kneginich, 58, formerly of Crown Point, Indiana, has been transported back to his native Bosnia-Herzegovina after the U.S. Marshals Service surrendered him to Bosnian law-enforcement officials last Friday in Chicago.

Former Nazi Labor Camp Guard Jakiw Palij Removed to Germany

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi labor camp guard in German-occupied Poland and a postwar resident of Queens, New York, has been removed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Germany, Attorney General Jeff Sessions of the U.S. Department of Justice, Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and ICE Deputy Director and Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello announced today.

Ethiopian Human Rights Abuser Arrested for Fraudulently Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

Friday, August 17, 2018

A naturalized U.S. citizen residing in Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested today by special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after being indicted on a felony charge of having fraudulently obtained U.S. citizenship.

Teresa McHenry
Matthew Stiglitz
Principal Deputy Chief
Eli Rosenbaum
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