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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Three Individuals Indicted for Visa Fraud Scheme for Profit

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Three individuals were indicted in the Eastern District of New York for their alleged roles in a multi-year visa fraud scheme that brought Armenian citizens into the United States for profit.

Bosnian Human Rights Abuser Residing in North Carolina Pleads Guilty to Possession of A Fraudulently Obtained Immigration Document

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Bosnian Serb residing in North Carolina pleaded guilty today lying to obtain lawful permanent resident status by concealing his military status and criminal activity during the war in Bosnia.

Last Defendant in the United States Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

Monday, November 13, 2017

An Illinois man pleaded guilty today to money laundering conspiracy, joining six other defendants who recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for their roles in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme perpetrated by a network of India-based call centers responsible for defrauding U.S. residents of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Teresa McHenry
Matthew Stiglitz
Principal Deputy Chief
Eli Rosenbaum
Deputy Chief (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