Investigating and Prosecuting Human Rights Violators and War Criminals: A Collaborative Approach

This webinar, presented on 10/20/2010, features AnneMarie Brennan, Associate Legal Advisor in the Human Rights Law Section of the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor of the Department of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Anne Marie Brennan attempts to clarify the goals of the U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to deny safe havens in the U.S. to human rights violators, torturers, and war criminals, as well as preventing them from entering in the first place. In 2009, they developed a program called the Human Rights Fusion Centers across the country to interview refugees and survivors of torture in the hopes of removing criminals from local communities. The presenter highlights successful case studies of war criminals being extradited to face justice in the home countries.


While removing a criminal from the United States is a laudable goal and a therapeutic process for a client if successful, this process is long, complex, and difficult. It is best to engage in it with an advocate‚Äôs help. We recommend contacting the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) for pro bono help in navigating the government process and pursuing a separate case against the perpetrator. Pursuing litigation separately through a place like CJA will allow the client to control the story and experience, and share it publicly if desired.

Additional Resources:      

State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers,

ICE Human Rights Violators & War Crimes Center

Article on on the $22 million damage award against Chuckie Taylor in February 2010.


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