Through our international and domestic offices, we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to combat transnational crime, find and arrest child predators, repatriate individuals wanted by our foreign law enforcement partners and arrest and remove dangerous criminal aliens.
To accomplish this complex mission, we will continue to employ only the most qualified candidates – because every unit, office and individual in ICE is crucial to the agency's success.
Most of today's crimes are transnational in nature.
Through the Illicit Pathways Attack Strategy, we've adopted a more coordinated international approach to our investigations in various areas.
The Smithsonian Institution's Museum Conservation Institute provides HSI special agents with on-site training on how to handle, store, photograph and authenticate cultural property and works of art.
Since 2007, more than 6,600 artifacts have been returned to 24 countries.
Returned to the Peruvian people were nine religious paintings, a monstrance and four archaeological items that date back more than 2,000 years.4/27/2011ICE repatriated 99 pre-Columbian artifacts seized as a result of operations by HSI Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., to Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, April 27, 2011. HSI special agents intercepted shipments of pre-Columbian artifacts destined for the United States addressed to a professor at a U. The professor agreed to surrender 99 Panamanian pre-Columbian artifacts, valued at approximately 0,000, which he illegally imported into the United States from Panama as part of the plea agreement.4/26/2012Seven stolen and looted objects of Italian cultural heritage were repatriated April 26, 2012, at a ceremony at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D. Two 2,000-year-old ceramic vessels, one Roman marble sculpture, one Renaissance painting and three music sheets from choir books dating back to the 13th century were recovered during four HSI investigations.9/22/2011ICE returned the Julian Falat paintings "The Hunt" and "Off to the Hunt" during a ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York, to the president of Poland, Sept. The oil on panel paintings were stolen from the Polish National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, by the Nazis during World War II. To accomplish this mission, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor uphold more than 400 laws.25, 2012, at the Consulate of Mexico in El Paso, Texas.The items were recovered in 11 separate investigations by HSI special agents.The wool and silk tapestry was stolen in December 1979 from a national cathedral in Roda de Isábena, in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Ramon, the Virgin Mary with infant Jesus, Saint Vincent of Saragossa and Saint Valerius, and was used as an altar piece in the Romanesque cathedral.The tapestry was produced in the early 1500s and was part of the church's collection when the cathedral was declared a national monument by royal decree in 1924.10/25/2012ICE returned more than 4,000 pieces of stolen and looted cultural artifacts to the government of Mexico at a repatriation ceremony Oct.