ICE’s Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office Launched
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Homeland Security secretary announced the launch of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office.
The office was created to assist victims of crimes committed by people in the country illegally. An executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to create the office.
According to a DHS press release, the office will help victims find local contacts who can assist them, learn about resources available, sign up for automated custody status information about the suspect in their case (https://vinelink.dhs.gov.) and possibly get previous immigration or criminal history about the suspect.
A toll-free hotline for victims is available. The number is 1-855-48-VOICE or 1-855-488-6423.
The office will also collect statistics and information for additional assistance, as officials plan to expand the services offered.