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New York
The Penn Club
30 West 44th Street
btw 5th & 6th Aves.
New York, NY  10036
United States of America
SPEAKERS: Williams + Thomas – Mar 21
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Our meeting today will feature two speakers from ICE - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They will be Darren Williams, Assistant Field Office Director - Seattle Sonia Thomas, Community Relations Officer


Speakers Topics:

Darren Williams, Assistant Field Office Director, Seattle with focus on Enforcement and Removal Operations will speak on ERO Detention Procedures.

About ICE:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. ICE was created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the former U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 46 foreign countries. The agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion, primarily devoted to three operational directorates – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). A fourth directorate – Management and Administration – supports the three operational branches to advance the ICE mission.

About Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO):
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) upholds America's immigration laws at, within and beyond our borders through efficient enforcement and removal operations. ERO enforces the nation’s immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and apprehends removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary and removes illegal aliens from the United States.

About Homeland Security Investigations (HSI):
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is committed to combating the sexual exploitation of children. Investigations of child sexual exploitation are among HSI’s primary investigative priorities. The sexual abuse of children impacts the most vulnerable segment of our society.

ICE HSI knows the importance of education and community awareness regarding the dangers of online activity. Providing children, teens, parents and teachers with information regarding the potential dangers of online environments and how to stay safe online can help prevent many instances of child exploitation. That is why HSI has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s NetSmartz and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces to develop Project iGuardian.


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