Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Attaché Office

The role of the ICE Moscow Attaché Office includes conducting and coordinating ICE investigations and supporting Detention and Removal Operations (DRO), Federal Air Marshals Service (FAMS), Office of Intelligence, Air and Marine Operations (AMO), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Bureau of Transportation and Safety (BTS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) missions overseas.

The ICE Moscow Attaché is responsible for the coordination of international investigations with its Russian counterparts; it provides investigative case support to both domestic and international ICE offices in combating transnational crime; as well as acquiring and developing intelligence related to cross-border criminal activity. The ICE Moscow Attache is also responsible for fostering lawful international trade and travel through liaison with its host country government and industry.

The ICE Attaché Moscow is responsible for the investigation and enforcement of both criminal and civil violations involving Titles 8,18, 19, 22, 31, 49 and 50 of the United States Code (to include enforcement of laws via “Memorandums of Understanding” between the U.S. Secret Service, Department of Commerce, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Department of State, Consumer Protection & Safety Commission, etc.), and any other matter as directed by the DHS Secretary.

These areas of responsibility are traditionally thought of in terms of:

a. Alien smuggling and human trafficking
b. Contraband smuggling (imported and exported merchandise)
c. Money laundering violations, including Bulk Cash Smuggling, Hawaladars, and traditional money laundering schemes
d. Illegal export or diversion of controlled U.S. technology
e. Illegal export/import of conventional weapons
f. Illegal export/import of military equipment and WMD related technology
g. Trade fraud violations, including Intellectual Property Rights, tobacco smuggling, forced child labor, prison labor, quota evasion,     textile transshipment, anti-dumping duty evasion and other traditional customs fraud schemes
h. Illegal import/export of cultural property, stolen artwork and other items
i. Child pornography, sex tourism and child exploitation
j. Prime Bank Instrument fraud
k. Document and benefit fraud
l. Facilitation of repatriations
m. International fugitive investigations
n. Extradition of criminal suspects to the United States
o. Genocide and human rights investigations
p. Investigations of document counterfeiters/printers overseas
q. Interdiction operations at foreign airports
r. Extra-territorial prosecution for violations against the United States
Repatriations of third country fugitives

The ICE Moscow Attaché is also responsible for enforcement of health and safety issues, including tainted or prohibited foodstuffs, unsafe toys and consumer products. The Attaché office coordinates with foreign counterparts in the sharing of information under bilateral agreements and Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements and coordinates the establishment of foreign vetted units working with ICE to expand criminal investigations and prosecutions in areas such as money laundering and alien trafficking/smuggling.

ICE Moscow Attaché also cultivates and maintains a close liaison with law enforcement, intelligence, regulatory and trade representatives and organizations throughout its geographic area of responsibility. The ICE Moscow Attaché works with the U. S. Trade Representatives on negotiations of Free Trade Agreements, Intellectual Property Rights issues and other bilateral agreements. The office is also involved in trade programs which are quasi-enforcement related, such as coordination of Textile Production Verification Team visits to textile factories and prison labor visits.