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Investigations into Serious Criminal Acts Committed in Bosnia

The following is an announcement from the United States Department of Justice

The United States Government is looking for individuals who personally witnessed or were victims of serious crimes during the war in the former Yugoslavia, and who can identify perpetrators who may now be living in the United States. We need your help.

The Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) together with the Human Rights Violators – War Crimes Unit of the Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HRVWCU – ICE), is part of a U.S. Government interagency effort to identify perpetrators who have entered the United States and are living here, and to prosecute them under U.S. criminal laws, or through civil cases to remove their U.S. citizenship and remove (deport) them from the United States.

HRSP and HRVWCU have an active interest in the events that occurred in the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1999. If you immigrated from the former Yugoslavia and you believe another individual in the United States committed or assisted in serious crimes such as killing unarmed civilians, rape, or torture during the war in Yugoslavia, we want to hear from you. The United States Government can take action only against individuals now in the United States. We are interested in receiving information about perpetrators of any national group.

If you can identify a perpetrator in the United States, please call the toll-free number below and leave a message in English, Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian. We ask that you leave your name, a telephone number at which we can reach you, the place and date you saw the crimes committed, and a short description of what happened. An investigator will contact you to discuss your information further. If you have information, please call so that we can bring these perpetrators to justice.

1-800-813-5863

This telephone number will be active for at least one year, beginning August 1, 2010. In addition to this number, persons can contact HRVWCU – ICE at its hotline: 1-866-347-2423.

If you prefer to write to our office, please send your letter to:

Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section
United States Department of Justice
(Attn: Outreach Initiative)
John C. Keeney Building, Suite 200
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington DC 20530