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DHS/ICE/PIA-056 War Crimes Hunter


War Crimes Hunter (WCH) is a program, run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit (HRVWCU), that collects and shares information about alleged human rights violators. HRVWCU is dedicated to identifying, locating, investigating, prosecuting, and removing human rights violators from the United States, as well as preventing their initial entry into the country. WCH collects digital media depicting individuals engaged in war crimes and human rights violations, isolates the facial images of the suspected perpetrators, and shares those images with the biometric databases of relevant Federal partners. These partners search their databases for potential matches based on facial recognition alone and return lists of candidates that HRVWCU can use to produce investigative leads. ICE is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because WCH collects and disseminates personally identifiable information (PII) of individuals who are located overseas and engaging in human rights violations. May 2020

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  • DHS/ICE-009 External Investigations
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DHS/ICE/PIA-056 War Crimes Hunter - May 2020 - Appendix Updated - March 2022 PDF 376.24 KB 03/17/2022
Last Updated: 03/31/2023
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