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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Barrio Azteca Gang Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Barrio Azteca (BA) gang lieutenant pleaded guilty today for his participation in a racketeering and drug trafficking conspiracy.

U.S. National Charged with Attempted Murder of U.S. Consulate Official in Mexico

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A U.S. national was deported from Mexico to the United States and arrested yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with the attempted murder of a diplomat stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Husband of Former U.S. Embassy Official in Morocco Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Sexually Abusing Household Staff Member

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The husband of the former Deputy Chief of Mission in Rabat, Morocco, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for sexually abusing a former household staff member from 2010 to 2013.   

Teresa McHenry
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)
HRSP Direct Line
(202) 616-2492