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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigates more than 400 different types of crime ranging from human trafficking and child exploitation to drug smuggling and fraud.

If you have seen suspicious activity or think you may have witnessed one of these crimes, you can leave a tip through this online form or by calling (866) 347-2423.

Hate Crimes Remained Steady in 2010, According to FBI Report

The FBI’s 2010 Hate Crime Statistics report recorded 6,628 hate crimes, staying consistent with the numbers from the 2009 report. Traditional crimes become hate crimes when they are committed because of a person’s race, gender, religion or other targeted reason.

The 2010 report highlights the types of biases that motivate hate crimes, the nature of the offenses, information about the victims and offenders, as well as a break down of hate crimes by jurisdiction.

Some statistics from the report include:

  • Of the 6,628 hate crime incidents reported for 2010, nearly all (6,624) involved a single bias—47.3 percent of the single-bias incidents were motivated by race.
  • A reported 4,824 offenses were crimes against persons; intimidation accounted for 46.2 percent of these offenses; simple assault for 34.8 percent; and aggravated assault for 18.4 percent.
  • 31.4 percent of reported hate crime incidents took place in or near homes.

The FBI considers the investigation of hate crimes their number one priority as part of their civil rights program. The report was compiled with the support of national and state criminal justice organizations and thousands of law enforcement agencies nationwide who report hate crimes.

View the full report details.

How To Avoid Online Shopping Fraud

Shopping online is more prevalent during the holiday season than most any other time of year. While you are trying to avoid the crowds, make sure to stay aware of the dangers of online shopping. Scammers and cyber criminals know how to confuse and trick shoppers into giving them valuable financial information all while you think you’re simply buying a great gift. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) offers helpful tips for avoiding an online shopping disaster:

  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail to the web address link you are directed to and determine if they match.
  • If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act impulsively.
  • For online auctions or bids, diligently check each seller’s rating and feedback along with their number of sales and the dates on which feedback was posted.
  • If you have received a scam e-mail, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov.

Learn more tips and information on online shopping crime.

Assistance Program Helps Human Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents investigate. Akin to modern-day slavery, victims are often forced into prostitution, involuntary labor and other forms of servitude. They are often hidden in plain sight, voiceless and scared.

ICE not only targets and apprehends human traffickers, but it also provides assistance to human trafficking victims through its Victim Assistance Program. That assistance comes in various forms like temporary immigration benefits, counseling, and more.

Recent cases include:

  • Three juveniles were part of a sex-trafficking ring and subjected to severe psychological distress. ICE’s Victim Assistance Program helped those victims navigate the social services system, access needed therapy and receive assistance with ongoing medical expenses.
  • A pimp physically abused an adult female. ICE’s Victim Assistance Program helped the victim access housing, medical care and therapy and secure a protective order against the pimp.

Individuals are encouraged to report suspicious activity in their communities by calling the ICE HSI Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE.

View human trafficking PSAs on ICE.gov.

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From the FBI: FBI Agents have arrested Top Ten Fugitive, James J. “Whitey” Bulger, and his companion, Catherine Greig, in California.
Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica, California, where they located both Bulger and Greig at a residence Wednesday evening.
Bulger and Greig were arrested without incident. Both are currently scheduled for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California (downtown Los Angeles) on Thursday.

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From the FBI: FBI Agents have arrested Top Ten Fugitive, James J. “Whitey” Bulger, and his companion, Catherine Greig, in California.

Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica, California, where they located both Bulger and Greig at a residence Wednesday evening.

Bulger and Greig were arrested without incident. Both are currently scheduled for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California (downtown Los Angeles) on Thursday.