The impact of transnational crimes

homelandCybercrime, human smuggling, money laundering.  Some of the most vexing challenges to U.S. law enforcement are the daily focus of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

An agency of the Department of Homeland Security, HSI carries out its mission in an increasingly complex world that poses immense technical challenges to America's security. HSI is the principal investigative component of DHS with more than 8,500 employees, including nearly 6,500 special agents and 700 intelligence analysts, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and in more than 45 countries.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, HSI Special Agent/Group Supervisor Thomas Welch will provide an overview of the organization, including how it conducts investigations. The presentation will also address HSI’s legal boundaries, as well as the unique challenges of operations in Arizona.

HSI has the broad legal authority to enforce a diverse array of federal statutes. It uses this authority to investigate all types of cross-border criminal activity, including human trafficking, immigration fraud, transnational gang activity and many other types of crime. The threats posed by criminals in those areas have far-reaching consequences. In response, HSI uses a versatile approach in conducting its operations, so that it can achieve the best results.

After the events of 9/11, the government created a stronger approach to national security with the passage of the Homeland Security Act and the creation of DHS. In 2003, U.S. Customs and the Immigration and Naturalization Service were merged into the department’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In 2010, HSI was formed within ICE from elements of ICE’s previous Offices of Investigations, Intelligence and International Affairs.

“Over the past two decades . . . the global impact of transnational crime has risen to unprecedented levels. Criminal groups have appropriated new technologies, adapted horizontal network structures that are difficult to trace and stop, and diversified their activities. The result has been an unparalleled scale of international crime.” -- Council on Foreign Relations

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater. 

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