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ICE Nabs 19 International Human Rights Abusers In Two Major Operations

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) picked up 36 fugitives, 19 of which are major human rights abusers, in one week with two operations announced Friday.

ICE made their crucial arrests throughout the week up until Wednesday in Operation No Save Haven III and Operation Safe Nation. The two-part action taken by ICE “was the first of its kind” and specifically went after fugitives deemed to be human rights abusers and national security threats to the U.S.

Among those that ICE nabbed in Operation Safe Nation were an East African person tied to individuals that could threaten U.S. national security and was involved in drug trafficking. Another person identified by ICE as enough of a threat to be arrested in Operation Safe Nation was a North African individual, “suspected of having ties to international terrorism.”

ICE agents also went up against a frightening bunch of fugitives in Operation Save Haven III. One of the 19 human rights abusers that ICE got their hands on was an Eastern European person that confessed, “to participating in military attacks upon civilians in which victims were raped and murdered.” A South American death squad leader was also part of the fearsome bunch that ICE pursued and apprehended in their daring operation.

Operations related to bringing international human rights violators to justice became a priority for ICE in April 2008 when it formed The Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC). The HRVWCC goes beyond ICE and works with the rest of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure fugitives of international human rights law face the music for their atrocious crimes.

The government body plans on releasing more information about the arrests September 26. ICE is a part of DHS which handles a diverse array of security matters. DHS was formed in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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