The United States Government through its Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers on June 19, 2018, deported an ex-bodyguard to former President Charles Taylor.
The deportee, according to investigation, formerly worked as officer of the then Special Security Service (SSS) assigned with the VIPs. He was deported from the US by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers.
“This individual is a human rights violator and was a member of an organization known for setting fires to whole villages, and it is because of the diligence of ICE and its officers that he is no longer living comfortably within our communities,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for ERO in New York.
“It is important to note that the safety of the public is our top priority, and ICE continues to target criminal aliens taking refuge in our cities after having committed crimes in their home country,” a dispatch said.
ERO deportation officers escorted Charles Cooper, 45, who was removed from the US via an ICE Air Operations Charter flight and transferred into the custody of Liberian law enforcement authorities upon arrival to Monrovia.
On May 5, 2018, ERO deportation officers arrested Cooper in Staten Island, New York, paving the way for his removal.
This case was litigated by ICE’s Baltimore Office of Chief Counsel with the support of the Human Rights Law Section and the Immigration Law and Practice Division and was supported by ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC).
Established in 2009, the HRVWCC furthers ICE’s efforts to identify, locate and prosecute human rights abusers in the US, including those who are known or suspected to have participated in persecution, war crimes, genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, female genital mutilation and the use or recruitment of child soldiers.
The HRVWCC leverages the expertise of a select group of agents, lawyers, intelligence and research specialists, historians and analysts who direct the agency’s broader enforcement efforts against these offenders.
Since 2003, ICE has arrested more than 410 individuals for human rights-related violations of the law under various criminal and/or immigration statutes. During that same period, ICE obtained deportation orders against and physically removed 908 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. Additionally, ICE has facilitated the departure of an additional 122 such individuals from the United States.
Currently, HSI has more than 135 active investigations into suspected human rights violators and is pursuing more than 1,750 leads and removals cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 different countries, including Liberia.
Since 2003, the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center has issued more than 75,000 lookouts for individuals from more than 110 countries and stopped over 260 human rights violators and war crimes suspects from entering the U.S.