Chairman Michael McCaul Visits ICE’s Cyber Crime Center
Washington D.C. – Last week, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) toured Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Crimes Center (C3) and received a briefing on HSI’s top priorities. C3, a division of HSI’s critical investigative arm within Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), works in congruence with federal, local and international law enforcement agencies by providing cyber-crime support and training to combat criminal activity conducted on or facilitated by the Internet.
Chairman McCaul discussed HSI’s long term goals and received an overview of the divisions comprised within C3 including the Cyber Crimes Unit, the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit and the Computer Forensics Unit.
Acting Director of ICE, Thomas Homan, and McCaul discussed HSI’s biggest concerns in both domestic and international cross-border crime investigations and toured the computer forensics laboratory specializing in digital evidence recovery.
Chairman McCaul spoke with participants in HSI’s Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Program. This 12-month program is designed to train, equip and embed disabled military personnel into computer forensic intern positions in HSI offices across the country. Upon completion of the program, HERO interns will have the knowledge and skills to apply for careers in the field of law enforcement and computer forensics.
In the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit, Chairman McCaul examined a successful case in which investigators were able to identify and bring to safety a victim of sexual exploitation through technical and investigative capabilities in Houston, TX.