Federal employees at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement help to ensure that war crime violators have no place in the United States. Investigators, lawyers, and researchers in ICE’s little known Human Rights Violators and War Crimes unit spend their days tracking down suspected human rights abusers who may currently be residing in the U.S.
Thanks to these ICE employees, an appeals panel in Florida recently upheld a deportation order against a retired defense minister who allegedly committed war crimes in El Salvador, including the murders of four Americans, as well as other human rights abuses. Last year the unit won a case against an Ethiopian man living in Denver, who was accused of torture during Ethiopia’s Red Terror in the 1970s.
Though their work may not be widely known to the public, the work of these public servants in the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes unit is extremely important to the safety of our communities.
“These ICE employees help ensure that our country is not an asylum for human rights abusers. We are proud to have them as a part of the AFGE family,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr.
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