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

Indian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Multi-Million Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

Thursday, April 13, 2017

An Indian national pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through various telephone fraud and money laundering schemes via India-based call centers.

Foreign National Extradited and Pleads Guilty to Human Smuggling Conspiracy

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Pakistani citizen pleaded guilty today for his role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented migrants from Pakistan into the United States.

Former Bosnian Army Prison Guard Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Fraudulently Procuring U.S. Citizenship

Tuesday, March 27, 2017

A Jacksonville, Florida man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for unlawfully procuring U.S. citizenship by failing to disclose during his naturalization process his membership in the Bosnian Army and crimes that he committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian Conflict in the 1990s, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow of the Middle District of Florida.

Leadership 
Teresa McHenry
Chief
Matthew Stiglitz
Acting Principal Deputy Chief and Deputy Chief (International Violent Crimes)
Eli Rosenbaum
Deputy Chief (Director Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy)
Kathleen O'Connor
Deputy Chief (Human Rights)
Hope Olds
Deputy Chief (Immigration Crimes)
Contact 
HRSP Direct Line
(202) 616-2492