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News and Events: Library Awards 2020 Bobbitt Poetry Prizes

The Library of Congress will award the 2020 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry to Terrance Hayes, for his book “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin,” and to former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for lifetime achievement.

The poets will receive their honors during a virtual ceremony Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. ET on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and YouTube channel at youtube.com/loc. The public is invited to attend this virtual event.

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Published: December 3rd 2020

Latest News: Library Receives Donation to Reimagine Visitor Experience

Artist rendering of reimagined visitor experience, entrance to main hall of Library of Congress

The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation is donating $1 million to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience at the Library of Congress with a new orientation gallery, exhibitions and learning lab, the Library announced today.

The Phoenix-based foundation’s donation to support design and construction of the Library’s visitor experience is one of several major gifts to the project in 2020 and was announced just after Giving Tuesday.

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Published: December 2nd 2020

New Videos from the Library of Congress, November 27

Watch these videos just added to the Library of Congress website.

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival
The National Book Festival continues! Curl up this weekend and watch your favorite authors in newly-released Q&A sessions on these stages:

Homegrown from Home 2020
Our stay-at-home summer folklife series included talks with the artists. Here are two newly-available chats.

Ron Howard & J.D. Vance on "Hillbilly Elegy"
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden spoke with film director Ron Howard and J.D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," about the creative process of bringing the book to the screen with the release of the new film, "Hillbilly Elegy."

Celebrating Beethoven at 250 at the Library of Congress
The Library's Raymond White discussed some of the Beethoven treasures held in the music division of the Library of Congress.

The People's Art
Julie Goldsmith discussed "The People's Art: The Chicago Tribune's Transformation of Visual Journalism and Printing in the 20th Century."

 

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Published: November 27th 2020

November News from the Library of Congress

November News from the Library of Congress

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to create a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a month being designated for that purpose.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans with this joint web portal highlighting collections, resources and events: nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ 


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Published: November 25th 2020

November News from the Library of Congress

November News from the Library of Congress

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to create a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a month being designated for that purpose.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans with this joint web portal highlighting collections, resources and events: nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ 


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Published: November 25th 2020

Latest News: Joy Harjo Appointed to Third Term as U.S. Poet Laureate

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the appointment of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to a third term, making Harjo the second laureate to receive this extension since terms for the position were established in 1943. Harjo’s third term, to begin in September 2021, will offer her an opportunity to complete projects and programs whose timelines continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including her signature project being launched today in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

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Published: November 19th 2020

Latest News: LOC and NPS Announce 2020 Holland Prize Winner

The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2020 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to an architectural team at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, led by Guy W. Carwile, architect emeritus and the Ken Hollis endowed professor of the School of Design. The prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.

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Published: November 18th 2020

News and Events: Library and Netflix to Host Conversation on "Hillbilly Elegy" Film

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The Library of Congress and Netflix will host a conversation on Monday, Nov. 23, with film director Ron Howard and J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” moderated by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to discuss the creative process of bringing the book to the screen with the release of the new film, “Hillbilly Elegy.”

The event will be hosted Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and YouTube channel at youtube.com/loc. The new film “Hillbilly Elegy” opened in select theaters Nov. 11 and premieres Nov. 24 on Netflix.

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Published: November 18th 2020

News and Events: Library to Mark GIS Day 2020 with Experts on Mapping COVID-19

The Library of Congress will mark GIS Day on Nov. 18 with special programs featuring geographic information science professionals and analysts who are documenting the outbreak of COVID-19.

Experts from multiple institutions will discuss their findings and examine how mapping and geographic information science technologies are helping public health officials, emergency rooms, epidemiologists and the general public as they struggle to understand the spread of the disease and work to allocate precious resources.

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Published: November 10th 2020

News and Events: Veterans History Project Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Online Concerts, Panels

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a series of musical performances and discussion panels to inspire conversations around the collection as both an archival resource and a diverse repository of veterans’ experiences — a mission it has met for the past 20 years. The events will premiere on the Veterans History Project’s Facebook page: facebook.com/vetshistoryproject.

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Published: October 30th 2020

Latest News: 2021 Innovator in Residence to Focus on Creative Notetaking

Artist and educator Courtney McClellan has been appointed as the 2021 Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress.

McClellan’s project, Speculative Annotation, will invite Americans to join in the historical lineage of annotators by creatively engaging with a curated collection of free to use items from the Library’s vast treasure chest.

The project will be available in summer 2021 on labs.loc.gov.

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Published: October 29th 2020

Latest News: Law Library signs preservation agreement with GPO

The Law Library of Congress has signed an agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become a preservation steward. Through the agreement, the Law Library of Congress will preserve its collection of the daily Congressional Record and Federal Register, which are produced by GPO.

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Published: October 26th 2020

News & Events: Winner of the Ken Burns Prize for Film to be Honored This Evening

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The Better Angels Society, the Library of Congress, and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced that the second annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film has been awarded to “Hold Your Fire,” a new film directed by Stefan Forbes. The film will receive a $200,000 finishing grant to assist with post-production costs.

The award will be presented in a virtual ceremony on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. EST. The ceremony will include a conversation with the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Ken Burns and the composer and musician Wynton Marsalis discussing the power of storytelling and our collective history.

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Published: October 20th 2020

New: Virtual Student Workshops Available for Students and Teachers

The Library of Congress is now offering virtual student workshops to engage young learners during an unprecedented school year. A new set of virtual workshops, available for students in grades three through eight, offer an opportunity to explore the Library’s exhibitions, collections and architecture from home.

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Published: October 16th 2020

Latest News: Library and NPS Receive Historic Collection on Women's Rights

Today, the National Woman’s Party (NWP) announced the gift of its historic collection spanning women’s suffrage and the movement for women’s equality to the Library of Congress and National Park Service. This gift comes as the country celebrates 100 years of women's constitutional right to vote and ensures public access to a trove of records about the history of the women’s rights movement in the United States.

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Published: October 8th 2020

New Videos from the Library of Congress, October 2

Watch these videos just added to the Library of Congress website.

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival
The National Book Festival continues! Curl up this weekend and watch your favorite authors on these stages and timely topic threads:

Also, watch the two-hour PBS special "The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity," streaming from the PBS website.

Homegrown from Home 2020: Changüí Majadero
Our stay-at-home summer folklife series concludes its season with a concert of Cuban roots music by the California group Changüí Majadero.

 

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Published: October 2nd 2020

Starting Today! The Virtual National Book Festival is THIS Weekend

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This Friday through Sunday! The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival is Virtual

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival is celebrating its 20th birthday this year! Join us this weekend at loc.gov/bookfest for an interactive, online celebration of American Ingenuity featuring more than loc120 authors, poets and illustrators at the first virtual event in the festival’s history. Connect with your favorite writers across all genres at our virtual “stages” including, Children, Teens, Family, Food & Field, Fiction, Genre Fiction, History & Biography sponsored by Wells Fargo, Poetry & Prose sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Science, and Understanding Our World.

View the full author lineup: loc.gov/events/2020-national-book-festival/authors/?loclr=ealn

Complete Your FREE Registration and Sign In Now

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Create your FREE account now at loc.gov/bookfest to access on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions during the Festival weekend, Sept. 25 – 27. You’ll have options to personalize your own festival journey with timely topics, and to explore book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose.


Today! A Day of Programming for Schools, Children & Teens at Home

Dr. Carla Hayden on stage with guest at 2019 National Book Festival

Video interviews with popular authors of books for children and young adults, as well as two 1-hour video specials, are available for on-demand viewing starting today at 9 a.m. ET on the festival platform under the “Stages” tab. Log on at loc.gov/bookfest or view on the Library’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/loc/.

Young people can also check out the Roadmap to Reading, which features a list of “Great Reads from Great Places” – 53 books that reflect the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Don't miss live Q&As with some of today's most popular children and young adult authors – including Chelsea Clinton and Veronica Chambers. Visit loc.gov/bookfest for a complete schedule.

Download this Learning Guide for tips and suggestions on experiencing the virtual festival all weekend long with the kids and teens in your life: loc.gov/static/events/2020-national-book-festival/documents/NBF2020-Learning-Guide.pdf


The Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction and Literacy Awards to be given at Festival

Each year we take the opportunity of the Library of Congress National Book Festival to award a series of important prizes that celebrate and honor literature and literacy. This year, Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels “The Nickel Boys” and “The Underground Railroad,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the festival. The author will take part in a live Q&A event and talk about his life and work at this year’s National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. Also, five organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

Read more: blogs.loc.gov/national-book-festival/2020/09/our-award-winners-colson-whitehead-literacy-honorees/


Watch the PBS Television Special on Sunday

Promotional badge for the 2020 National Book Festival

Also a first in the festival’s history, the festivities will culminate with a PBS television special! Watch “The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity,” hosted by Hoda Kotb on Sunday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings and PBS streaming info).

 

 


Festival Shop

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The National Book Festival may be virtual, but you can still receive actual merchandise to help capture the memories this year. Purchase swag at our on-line shop where you can also order a FREE commemorative tote bag courtesy of our media partner, C-SPAN. 

SHOP: library-of-congress-shop.myshopify.com/collections/national-book-festival

Order books by featured authors from the Festival’s official bookseller – Politics & Prose – within the online platform at loc.gov/bookfest. A limited number of signed copies are available.

The 2020 National Book Festival poster is available for download at loc.gov/programs/national-book-festival/about-this-program/poster-gallery/. Also, a printed version of the poster will be shipped to you with a donation of $25 or more to support the National Book Festival from either our official bookseller, Politics & Prose, at this location politics-prose.com/national-book-festival-donation or the Library of Congress website at loc.gov/donate/ (select "National Book Festival").


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Follow our social media accounts, re-post festival info, and share your own posts about the event and your favorite presenting authors using the hashtag #NatBookFest. We’ve even created a fun Facebook frame for your profile picture to let friend know you’ll be there! (While logged into Facebook, select your profile picture > select Add Frame > search for National Book Festival Badge 2020 > select then save.)


Thank You to Our National Book Festival Supporters

National Book Festival sponsors thank you page

The festival is free to the public with support from our sponsors and donors including National Book Festival Co-Chair, David M. Rubenstein, Charter Sponsor, The Washington Post, Patrons, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, Wells Fargo, Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission, and many Friends and Media Partners. The full list can be found at loc.gov/events/2020-national-book-festival/sponsors/.

Our partners have even transformed their traditional Festival booths and are bringing you read-alongs, fun videos, author features, activities to download and giveaways — all online. Take a look at the schedule of those activities here, then log in to the platform to access them today. More: blogs.loc.gov/national-book-festival/2020/09/festival-partners-family-friendly-activities-are-back/

Please join us in thanking all of our supporters and consider making your gift to the Library of Congress at loc.gov/donate.

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Published: September 25th 2020

Latest News: Librarian of Congress Appoints New Register of Copyrights

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Shira Perlmutter as the 14th Register of Copyrights.

“I am pleased to announce that Shira Perlmutter will serve as the 14th United States Register of Copyrights,” said Hayden. “Shira brings to this role a deep knowledge of domestic and international copyright law and policy and a background in negotiating international intellectual property agreements. She has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and finding common ground on complex issues.”

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Published: September 21st 2020

ONE WEEK AWAY: PBS National Book Festival Special

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include two new entry points for audiences across the country for the first time — a national television special on PBS stations and an interactive experience online for the festival’s 20th year.

PBS stations will broadcast “The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity,” a two-hour program featuring some of the nation’s most renowned authors and literary voices, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). The television special will be hosted by Hoda Kotb of NBC News’ “TODAY.” It will also be available for on-demand streaming online and through the PBS app.

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Published: September 20th 2020

Virtual National Book Festival Sept. 25-27 – Register Now!

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2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year! And, for the first time in its history, the event will be completely virtual. Join us next weekend for an interactive, online celebration of American Ingenuity featuring more than 120 authors, poets and illustrators. The festivities will culminate with a PBS television special “The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity,” hosted by Hoda Kotb on Sunday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings).

Register Today! 

Create your FREE account now at loc.gov/bookfest to access on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions during the Festival weekend, Sept. 25 – 27. You’ll have options to personalize your own festival journey with timely topics, and to explore book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose.


Check Out the Author Lineup

Collage image of authors participating in the 2020 National Book Festival

More than 120 renowned authors, poets and illustrators are taking part in our virtual festival! Connect with your favorite writers across all genres at our virtual “stages” including, Children, Teens, Family, Food & Field, Fiction, Genre Fiction, History & Biography sponsored by Wells Fargo, Poetry & Prose sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Science and Understanding Our World.

View the full author lineup: loc.gov/events/2020-national-book-festival/authors/


Explore Timely Topics

New to this year’s festival is an opportunity to take a deeper dive into timely topics engaged by many books across the festival’s stages. You are invited to follow three newsworthy threads that weave through the festival and offer a more profound appreciation for the subjects. They are:

• “Fearless Women” – books by and about strong women and trailblazers.
• “Hearing Black Voices” – books that showcase Black voices across all genres, affirming their contributions to American culture.
• “Democracy in the 21st Century” – books that assess the state of democratic principles in America and around the globe.


Friday, Sept. 25: A Day of Programming for Schools, Children & Teens at Home

Children listening to a story at a past National Book Festival

The Library of Congress National Book Festival will present a robust lineup of live and recorded programming featuring all-star authors for schools and young audiences at home on Friday, Sept. 25. Video interviews with popular authors of books for children and young adults, as well as two 1-hour video specials, will be available for on-demand viewing starting at 9 a.m. ET on the festival website at loc.gov/bookfest and on the Library’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress.

Young people can also check out the Roadmap to Reading, which features a list of “Great Reads from Great Places” – 53 books that reflect the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Read more: loc.gov/item/prn-20-061/


Help Spread the Word

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Forward this email to your friends and family and encourage them to “meet” you at the festival. Follow our social media accounts, re-post festival info, and share your own posts about the event and your favorite presenting authors using the hashtag #NatBookFest. We’ve even created a fun Facebook frame for your profile picture to let friends know you’ll be there! (While logged into Facebook, select your profile picture > select Add Frame > search for National Book Festival Badge  2020 > select then save).


Thank you to our National Book Festival Supporters

The festival is free to the public with support from our sponsors and donors including National Book Festival Co-Chair, David M. Rubenstein, Charter Sponsor, The Washington Post, Patrons, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, Wells Fargo, Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission, and many Friends and Media Partners. The full list can be found at loc.gov/events/2020-national-book-festival/sponsors/.

Please join us in thanking all of our supporters and consider making your gift to the Library of Congress at loc.gov/donate.

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Published: September 18th 2020

Latest News & New on the Web: Library Launches Tool to Search Historical Newspaper Images

The public can now explore more than 1.5 million historical newspaper images online and free of charge. The latest machine learning experience from LC Labs, Newspaper Navigator allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dating from 1789-1963.

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Published: September 15th 2020

Latest News: Library Announces Winners of 2020 Literacy Awards

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Five organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.

Top prizes are being awarded to The Immigrant Learning Center, The International Rescue Committee, Inc. – Pakistan Reading Project, the National Center for Families Learning, Pratham Books and Room to Read

The Literacy Awards, originated by David M. Rubenstein in 2013, honor organizations doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work. Collectively, all of these awards spotlight the great efforts underway to promote literacy and respond to the needs of our time.

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Published: September 10th 2020

Latest News: Library Welcomes New Albert Einstein Fellow

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The Library of Congress has welcomed Peter DeCraene as its newest Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow. DeCraene will work closely with the Library's Learning and Innovation Office to make primary sources from the Library's collections more accessible for teachers throughout the United States.

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Published: September 8th 2020

Latest News: Library Appoints New Chief of Serial and Government Publications Division

The Library of Congress has appointed Deborah Thomas as chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division. Thomas brings more than 20 years’ expertise working with digital collections and coordinating several of the Library’s signature programs. She has served as acting chief of the division since December 2019.

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Published: September 2nd 2020

Latest News and New on the Web: American Folklife Center Launches New Podcast

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is bringing the voices of workers throughout the country to listeners with "America Works," a new podcast series that celebrates the diversity and tenacity of the American workforce during a time of economic crisis and transition.

Each 10-minute episode of "America Works" introduces listeners to an individual worker whose first-person narrative adds to the wealth of our shared national experience. On Thursday, Sept. 3, the first four episodes will become available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and at loc.gov/podcasts. A new episode will be released weekly and featured on the Library's social media channels beginning Thursday, Sept. 10.

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Published: August 27th 2020


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Minnesota sex offender sentenced to 27 years for child exploitation crimes

Terrance Nordwall, 51, of Faribault, Minnesota, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams to 324 months in federal prison after a jury found him guilty Oct. 31 of attempted sex trafficking of children, attempted enticement of minors, and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. More Info...
Published: May 21st 2020

Iowa man sentenced to 9 years for receiving child pornography

Derek Clemens, 31, of Evansdale, Iowa, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams to 108 months’ imprisonment. His sentence follows an Aug. 5, 2019, guilty plea in which Clemens pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.  More Info...
Published: January 13th 2020

California man sentenced in Iowa to 30 years for child exploitation

David Vogelpohl, 22, of Vista, California, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams, following a June 20, 2019, guilty plea in which he pleaded to one count of sexual exploitation of a child. At his plea hearing, Vogelpohl admitted that in 2018 he persuaded, induced, or enticed a juvenile female victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual... More Info...
Published: December 10th 2019

Guatemalan illegal alien residing in Iowa sentenced for benefit fraud

Cleotilde Puac-Gomez, 46, a citizen of Guatemala who is illegally residing in the U.S. in Clarion, Iowa, was sentenced to two months in federal prison after pleading guilty Feb. 6, 2019, to one count of theft of U.S. government funds. More Info...
Published: May 31st 2019

Twice-deported Guatemalan man sentenced in Iowa for illegal re-entry, document fraud

Cesar Solovi-Valle, 33, an illegal alien from Guatemala and residing in Decorah, Iowa, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams to a combined term of eight months in federal prison on one count each of unlawfully using identification documents and illegally re-entering the United States. More Info...
Published: May 3rd 2019

7-time deported criminal alien from Mexico sentenced in Iowa to 21 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm

Luis Alberto DeLoera-Serna, 40, a Mexican man who is illegally present in the United States, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand, after pleading guilty on Jan. 11, 2019. More Info...
Published: April 29th 2019

Brazilian man sentenced to a year in federal prison for intimidating, interfering with a flight crew and flight attendants

Information disclosed in the case shows that, on or about June 23, 2018, Guilherme Alves De Melo (Alves), 34, a citizen of Brazil, was a passenger on an international American Airlines flight originating in Calgary, Canada, and bound for Chicago, Illinois. More Info...
Published: February 26th 2019

Brazilian man charged in Iowa federal court for interfering with flight

Guilherme Alves De Melo (Alves), 33, and from Brazil, has been charged with one count of intimidating a flight crew member or attendant and lessening or interfering with their ability to perform their duties, in violation of federal law.  The charge is contained in a federal complaint filed June 26, 2018, in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. More Info...
Published: June 29th 2018

2 Cuban men sentenced in Iowa for credit card fraud and identity theft

Pedro Alvarez Rodriguez, 36, and Dunieski Santana Moreno, 27, both Florida residents, were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand to prison terms of 42 and 40 months, respectively. More Info...
Published: April 26th 2018

Guatemalan felon sentenced in Iowa to 22 months in prison for illegally re-entering US after deportation

Benjamin Aguilar-Ramirez, 35, who resided in Waterloo, Iowa, pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 11.  More Info...
Published: April 17th 2018

Wisconsin child predator sentenced in Iowa to 30 years in federal prison for enticing minor online

Carson Sibley, 26, from La Crosse, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 360 months in federal prison on one count of enticing a minor. There is no parole in the federal justice system. More Info...
Published: March 20th 2018

Illegal alien from Guatemala sentenced to federal prison in Iowa for document fraud

Jose Lopez-Morales, 36, a citizen of Guatemala illegally residing in Independence, Iowa, was sentenced to two months in federal prison following his guilty plea on Jan. 25, 2018, to one count of unlawfully using identification documents.   More Info...
Published: March 19th 2018

5 more people in Iowa plead guilty to fraud scheme targeting elderly

Five people from eastern Iowa pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a scheme to defraud elderly victims across the United States.These guilty pleas resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI) and the Dubuque (Iowa) Police Department.  More Info...
Published: November 21st 2017

Rwandan man sentenced in Iowa to 15 years in federal prison for US naturalization fraud

In January 2016, Gervais, aka "Ken," Ngombwa was convicted of one count of unlawfully procuring, or attempting to procure, naturalization or U.S. citizenship; one count of procuring U.S. citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure U.S. citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. More Info...
Published: March 2nd 2017

Last of 3 defendants sentenced in Iowa to more than 8 years in federal prison for smuggling guns to Lebanon

Bassem Afif Herz, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 97 months in prison following his previous guilty plea to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon. More Info...
Published: December 12th 2016

Iowa man sentenced to 28 ½ years in federal prison for conspiracy to smuggle guns to Lebanon

Ali Afif Al Herz, 51, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, previously pleaded guilty to multiple counts that included the following crimes: conspiring to deal in firearms without a license, conspiring to illegally ship firearms in interstate and foreign commerce, conspiring to commit money laundering, violating the Arms Export Control Act, and possessing firearms after having previously been convicted of a... More Info...
Published: October 31st 2016

Iowa man indicted for child exploitation, possessing child pornography

Michael Bordman, 22, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was charged in an indictment unsealed Oct. 7 in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. More Info...
Published: October 12th 2016

New York man sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for selling counterfeit goods in Iowa

Yahya Jawad, 57, from Binghamton, New York, was sentenced following a Sept. 29 plea agreement to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. More Info...
Published: February 22nd 2016

ICE joins Iowa state and local law enforcement to combat human trafficking

U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau held a press conference Monday at the Marion, Iowa, Police Department, in cooperation with HSI, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement and local non-profit Cedar Rapids Gives, to make the announcement. More Info...
Published: January 25th 2016

Former Rwandan refugee in Iowa convicted of naturalization fraud

Ken Ngombwa, 56, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of the following crimes: one count of unlawfully procuring or attempting to procure naturalization or citizenship; one count of procuring citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. More Info...
Published: January 15th 2016

Iowa dairy farmer pleads guilty to harboring illegal aliens

Michael Thomas Millenkamp, 47, of Earlville, Iowa, was convicted on one count of harboring, encouraging and inducing aliens to reside unlawfully in the United States. More Info...
Published: August 5th 2015

4 Iowa residents indicted for conspiracy to illegally ship firearms to Middle East

Ali Afif Al Herz, 50, Bassem Herz, 30, Sarah Zeaiter, 24, and Adam Ben Ali Al Herz, 22, all related to each other, and all from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have each been charged with conspiracy to illegally ship a container or package containing numerous firearms and ammunition to the Middle East without notice to the shipper. More Info...
Published: May 12th 2015

Iowa man sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

Anthony Arn, 44, of Coralville, Iowa, was sentenced to 45 months in prison on one count of possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2015

Texas man sentenced in Iowa to 9 months in federal prison for harboring an illegal alien

Roman Sanchez, 33, from Mission, Texas, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison on one count of harboring, encouraging or otherwise inducing an alien to reside illegally in the United States. Sanchez admitted his guilt in a plea agreement, which he signed Sept. 18, 2014. More Info...
Published: January 4th 2015

Illegal alien from Mexico pleads guilty in Iowa to passport fraud, identity theft, harboring and unlawfully voting in a federal election

Abel Hernandez-Labra, 44, a resident of Hampton, Iowa, was convicted of the following charges: one count of making false statements in a passport application, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, and one count of harboring an illegal alien. More Info...
Published: November 4th 2014

Nebraska company, businessman plead guilty to harboring, aiding and abetting

O’Neill Ventures, Inc., a tomato greenhouse and packing plant in O’Neill, Nebraska, entered a felony guilty plea in federal court to conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens. The plea was entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. More Info...
Published: February 26th 2020

Nebraska sex offender sentenced to 400 months for child pornography

Jack Eugene Knight, 54, of Valley, Nebraska, was sentenced on two counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr.  Knight was convicted of the offenses following a four-day jury trial in October 2019. More Info...
Published: January 31st 2020

Central Nebraska student arrested for alleged child exploitation scheme

Brian Mohr, 37, a teacher at Northwest High School in Grand Island, Nebraska, was taken into custody at his residence. A 17-year-old Northwest High School student was also taken into custody. More Info...
Published: January 14th 2020

Nebraska illegal alien from Guatemala sentenced to more than 2 years in federal prison for identity theft, false claim to US citizenship

U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Sebastian Velasquez-Ramos, 47, to 28 months in federal prison following his criminal convictions for fraudulently using a Social Security card, falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, and aggravated identity theft. Velasquez-Ramos previously pleaded guilty to the charges. More Info...
Published: June 5th 2019

Nebraska illegal alien pleads guilty to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens

Juan Pablo Sanchez-Delgado, 40, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. Conspiring to harbor aliens, when done for financial gain, is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. More Info...
Published: March 5th 2019

ICE executes federal search warrants in Nebraska, Minnesota and Nevada

This enforcement action is part of a 15-month, ongoing HSI investigation based on evidence that these companies allegedly knowingly hired illegal aliens at their facilities, and that many of these aliens are using fraudulent identification belonging to U.S. citizens. More Info...
Published: August 8th 2018

2 illegal aliens from India each sentenced in Nebraska to a year in federal prison for labor trafficking, harboring illegal alien

Vishnubhai Chaudhari, 50, and Leelabahen Chaudhari, 44, both citizens of India unlawfully residing in Kimball, Nebraska, were each sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison after both pleaded guilty on Dec. 18, 2017, to alien harboring for financial gain and conspiracy to harbor an alien. More Info...
Published: March 20th 2018

Former Nebraska man, current California inmate, sentenced for trading in child pornography

Todd Tackwell, 39, formerly of Hastings, Nebraska, was sentenced to 156 months in prison for one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. This sentence will run concurrently with his California prison sentence, and will be followed by a 35- to 45-year prison sentence in Nebraska for a similar crime. More Info...
Published: August 25th 2014

Nebraska, Iowa women sentenced for conspiracy to commit wire fraud

Tempest Amerson, 24, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Rosland Starks, 45, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. More Info...
Published: August 20th 2014

Nebraska man sentenced to 15 years for manufacturing child pornography

Jerald Vrbas, 60, of Palisade, Nebraska, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on a single count of producing child pornography. His sentence will be followed by an additional 15 years of supervised release. More Info...
Published: June 26th 2014

6 indicted for smuggling, selling untaxed Vietnamese cigarettes

Six people were indicted in federal court Friday for operating a smuggling ring that illegally imported cigarettes from Vietnam. More Info...
Published: May 31st 2012

Fugitive Croatian who was wanted for murder conviction is deported

A Croatian national wanted for fleeing a murder sentence in his native country was deported on Monday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). More Info...
Published: July 18th 2011

36 gang members and associates arrested, 69 firearms seized

OMAHA, Neb. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, in close partnership with the Omaha Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), seized 69 firearms during an investigation that culminated Tuesday with the arrest of 36 gang members and gang associates. More Info...
Published: June 2nd 2009

ICE fugitive operations team arrests 44 absconders, illegal aliens in Nebraska

During the five-day operation, which ended June 24, ICE Fugitive Operations Team members arrested illegal aliens in Lexington (25 arrests), Grand Island (12 arrests) Broken Bow (2 arrests), and one arrest in each of the following cities: Cozad, Gibbon, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte. More Info...
Published: June 24th 2008

ICE fugitive operations teams arrest 25 absconders, illegal aliens in Nebraska

Most of those arrested - 15 - are from Guatemala; eight are from Mexico; one is from El Salvador; and one is from Iran. Eighteen of those arrested are men; seven are women. More Info...
Published: March 27th 2008

ICE arrests Salvadoran murder suspect, gang associate in South Dakota

Moises De Jesus Ruiz-Mejia, 25, was arrested Wednesday evening outside his residence after ICE was recently alerted the Salvadoran government had issued an international arrest warrant naming him as one of 25 individuals wanted for aggravated homicide or attempted homicide of numerous victims, some of whom have yet to be identified. More Info...
Published: May 3rd 2019

Northern California man sentenced in South Dakota to 5 years in federal prison for illegal marijuana-distribution conspiracy

Brett Aaron McFarland was indicted Sept. 10, 2013 for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. More Info...
Published: February 23rd 2014

South Dakota man sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for sex trafficking

Campbell was also ordered to pay a $500 assessment to the Federal Crime Victim's Fund. More Info...
Published: May 29th 2013

South Dakota man pleads guilty to evading reporting requirements for importing foreign currency

David Olmsted pleaded guilty to evading reporting requirements for foreign currency transactions and will forfeit assets and currency worth at least $1.2 million, including about 449,000,000 Iraqi dinars (valued at $404,000). More Info...
Published: May 20th 2013

South Dakota man sentenced to 188 months for child pornography

Shawn E. Stevens, 26, of Corsica, S.D., was sentenced March 4 to 188 months in federal prison and five years supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. More Info...
Published: March 3rd 2013

First South Dakota business partners with ICE, joins 'IMAGE' program

A local business is the first South Dakota member of a nationwide program by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure a legal and more secure work force. More Info...
Published: February 26th 2013

Chicago man found guilty of multiple sex trafficking charges in South Dakota

Carl Campbell was found guilty in federal court Monday on multiple counts of sex trafficking, including selling children for sex. Campbell assaulted one victim repeatedly over the course of about eight months in which he forced her to perform commercial sex acts in South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. More Info...
Published: February 10th 2013

Florida man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods in South Dakota

Nir Giist pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to trafficking in counterfeit goods. More Info...
Published: February 7th 2013

9 South Dakota residents indicted for conspiracy to defraud US, harboring aliens

Nine people from Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills community were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to harbor aliens and harboring aliens. Four of the nine individuals are charged with an additional count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. More Info...
Published: September 26th 2012

3 SD men, a Wash. man indicted in methamphetamine conspiracy

A Washington state man and three men from Hill City, S.D., were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than a pound of methamphetamine. More Info...
Published: April 5th 2012

ICE investigation leads to 51-month federal prison sentence for convicted alien felon previously deported 7 times from US

Josue Garcia-Rodriguez, also known as “Juan Pablo Mungia-Garcia” and “Josue Garcia Chapo,” 25, of Mexico, was sentenced to 51 months in prison by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan. More Info...
Published: November 20th 2020

ICE, local law enforcement investigate Las Vegas man on child sexual exploitation, man sentenced to 35 years

Andres Rafael Viola, 36, an Argentine citizen residing in Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in February 2020 to sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. More Info...
Published: September 16th 2020

ICE indicts Las Vegas man for illegal possession of 3-D printed Glock switches and firearm suppressors

Justin Pham, 30, of Las Vegas, was charged with one count of illegal possession of a machine gun and two counts of possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. More Info...
Published: September 4th 2020

Malware author pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses

Valerian Chiochiu, aka “Onassis,” “Flagler,” “Socrate,” and “Eclessiastes,” 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada. Chiochiu is a national of the Republic of Moldova, but resided in the United States during the period of the conspiracy. His plea came just over a month after the co-founder and administrator of Infraud, Sergey Medvedev of Russia... More Info...
Published: July 31st 2020

Man sentenced to prison for third illegal entry into the US

Pedro Morales-Carrillo, 32, a native and citizen of Mexico, known by law enforcement to use at least four aliases, pleaded guilty in March to one count of being a deported alien found in the United States. More Info...
Published: July 21st 2020

HSI-led MS-13 takedown announced by White House: Gang members included national MS-13 leadership, indictments for firearms, drug distribution, "Kingpin" statute, other offenses

During the operation, HSI seized five pounds of methamphetamine, $28,000 in cash, 14 firearms (9 long arms and five handguns), and six suppressors. More Info...
Published: July 15th 2020

Russian national pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses

Infraud was an Internet-based cybercriminal enterprise engaged in the large-scale acquisition, sale, and dissemination of stolen identities, compromised debit and credit cards, personally identifiable information, financial and banking information, computer malware, and other contraband. More Info...
Published: June 29th 2020

Unregistered, convicted sex-offender living in Reno arrested by ICE

Demetrio Lopez-Pena was convicted of rape by force and sodomy by force by the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego in 1982 and received an aggregated sentence of twelve years. His other convictions include a 1979 DUI conviction, and a 2010 conviction for failure to register as a sex offender and DUI, where he was sentence to 32 months prison. More Info...
Published: March 13th 2020

Argentinian man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation and distribution of child pornography over the darkweb

According to court documents, in May 2019, Yahoo, Inc. reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one of its users received 14 images of child pornography from Viola, who was using the darkweb Tor network to distribute child pornography. More Info...
Published: February 21st 2020

Reno man sentenced to prison for possession of nearly 2,200 images and videos of child pornography

Randall Linscheid, of Reno, pleaded guilty Oct. 3, 2019, to one count of possession of child pornography. Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du presided over the sentencing. In addition to the term of imprisonment followed by lifetime of supervised release, Linscheid must register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). More Info...
Published: February 18th 2020

Fugitive wanted for child pornography apprehended in Reno; ICE HSI investigation led to conviction

On December 12, 2019, the United States District Court, District of Nevada, issued a federal arrest warrant for Joseph George Terrone, Jr. for the charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. More Info...
Published: January 17th 2020

ICE, U.S. Marshals, arrest Salvadoran terrorist in Carson City

According to a USMS, Rene Antonio “Scrapy” Hernandez-Mejia was wanted for being part of the 18 Revolutionary Pandilla, a terrorist organization which is a faction of an El Salvadorian gang called Shadow Park Locos. It is alleged that this gang is involved with crimes such as homicide, extortion, and terrorization. More Info...
Published: January 10th 2020

Drug traffickers sentenced to prison for selling large quantities of methamphetamine

Steve Torres, 43, and Uriel Delgado, 37, both of Las Vegas, were sentenced Friday for selling large quantities of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada announced. More Info...
Published: November 4th 2019

ICE arrests more than 30 during enforcement action in Las Vegas

During the enforcement effort, ERO arrested 31 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws. Of those arrested, none had been previously released from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer. Five of those arrested were previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. 26 had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as sexual crimes, weapons... More Info...
Published: October 9th 2019

Las Vegas business owner pleads guilty to trafficking more than $1M in counterfeit electronics

Saad Ahmed, a Las Vegas businessman, admitted before a U.S. magistrate judge Sept. 5 to conspiracy to traffic counterfeit good, importing counterfeit cellular phone parts and accessories from China for retail to unsuspecting U.S. consumers. More Info...
Published: September 9th 2019

ICE assists in violent offender arrest in Sun Valley

Officers with ICE ERO assisted the USMS lead fugitive task force and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in yesterday’s arrest of Rodolfo Navarro-Salgado. More Info...
Published: July 3rd 2019

3 alleged MS-13 gang members indicted in connection with murder

Jose Luis Reynaldo Reyes-Castillo, aka Molesto, 25, Miguel Torres-Escobar, aka Chamilo, 21, and David Arturo Perez-Manchame, aka Walter Melendez and Herbi, 20, are charged with murder in aid of racketeering, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and causing death through the use of a firearm. More Info...
Published: May 1st 2019

Nevada ICE operation nets 102 arrests over 6-day period

The majority of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation, which included the entire state of Nevada, had prior criminal convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as assault, battery, domestic violence, DUI, weapons charges and drug violations, among others. More Info...
Published: September 28th 2018

4 alleged MS-13 gang members charged in connection with murder

Josue Diaz-Orellana, 22, Luis Reyes-Castillo, a/k/a “Molesto,” 24, David Perez-Manchame, a/k/a “Herbi” and “Walter Melendez,” 19, and Miguel Torres-Escobar, 20, are charged with assault with intent to commit murder, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm during, and in relation to a crime of violence. More Info...
Published: March 28th 2018

2 indicted in immigration scam operated out of Las Vegas

Ernesto Gerardo Fernandez-Carranza, 33, of Las Vegas, and Alicia Herrera, formerly known as Alicia Alvarado Lopez, 53, of Oakland, California, were charged with three counts of theft; three counts of possession or sale of documents or personal identifying information used to establish fake status or identity; and one count of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in the course of an... More Info...
Published: June 21st 2017

More than 60 arrested in Nevada ICE operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives

Of those arrested during the enforcement action, which concluded Friday, 55 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and domestic violence. More Info...
Published: March 14th 2017

ICE arrests 87 in Nevada enforcement operation targeting convicted criminals

During the five-day operation, ERO officers arrested a total of 65 targets in and around Las Vegas and 22 in the Reno area. More Info...
Published: May 16th 2016

Prominent member of cybercrime ring sentenced to 9 years in prison

Alexander Kostyukov, aka “Temp”, aka “KLBS,” 30, who resided in Miami at the time of arrest, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. The Russia-born defendant pleaded guilty to participation in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO), conspiracy to engage in a RICO, and three counts of unlawfully trafficking in and production of counterfeit identification... More Info...
Published: December 9th 2015

ICE deports accused Panamanian murderer residing in southern Nevada

Ricardo Valentino Lee Mc Carthy, 43, was repatriated under ERO escort on board a commercial flight from McCarren International Airport. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to authorities from the Panamanian Judicial Police. Mc Carthy is wanted in Panama for a murder that occurred Aug. 27, 2002. More Info...
Published: September 1st 2015

ICE arrests 25 convicted criminals in Nevada enforcement operation

Those arrested include: a 43-year-old previously deported Mexican national whose list of criminal history includes convictions for child molestation, and a DUI resulting in death; a 20-year old legal permanent resident from Mexico with a conviction for drug trafficking; and a previously deported 49-year old Mexican national convicted of possessing of stolen mail. More Info...
Published: July 1st 2015

Mexican man pleads guilty in Missouri to illegal firearm possession

Javier Guerrero-Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. In his plea, Guerrero-Garcia admitted that he fired a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun into a residence early in the morning of Nov. 19, 2017. More Info...
Published: June 29th 2020

Mexican national sentenced in Missouri to 3 years for 7 illegal entries to US

Martin Triana-Perez, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to three years in federal prison without parole. Illegally reentering the U.S. after being lawfully removed (deported) is a felony under U.S. law. On Oct. 9, 2019, Triana-Perez pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the United States after deportation, subsequent to a felony conviction. More Info...
Published: June 25th 2020

Kansas City resident sentenced to 20 years for child pornography

Raul E. Villalva, aka Isabelle Villalva, a biological male who identifies as a female (transgender woman), 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 20 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. More Info...
Published: June 24th 2020

Missouri pastor sentenced 25 years for producing child pornography

Ryan Daniel Crawford, 33, of Austin, Arkansas, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Crawford to pay $2,500 in restitution to one of the victims of his molestation, and sentenced Crawford to 20 years on supervised release following incarceration. More Info...
Published: May 28th 2020

Missouri man indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor

Terry Lee Miksell, 63, of Diamond, Missouri, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. This indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Miksell Jan. 28. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2020

Missouri teacher sentenced to 20 years for producing child pornography

William Derek Williams, 40, of Cameron, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 20 years in federal prison without parole. More Info...
Published: January 28th 2020

Mexican national pleads guilty to illegally entering US 8 times

Jesus Vargas-Melendez, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer to unlawfully reentering the United States after having been previously deported. More Info...
Published: January 14th 2020

ICE HSI joins Kansas City strike force targeting drugs, violence

The task force, which launched in April 2019, targets drug trafficking organizations that are making the streets of Kansas City more violent by importing large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs from Mexico and elsewhere. More Info...
Published: December 12th 2019

ICE, police arrest 21 during 3-day Kansas City operation to combat human trafficking

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Independence (Missouri) Police Department, arrested 21 individuals between Nov. 12 and 14 during an undercover operation to combat human trafficking and vice for various crimes, including prostitution, promoting prostitution, possessing controlled substances, and weapons offenses. One individual was... More Info...
Published: November 21st 2019

Missouri felon indicted a second time for illegally possessing silencer, conversion switches to make fully automatic handguns

Leng Lee, 35, of Sarcoxie, Missouri, was charged in a three-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. The superseding indictment replaces an initial indictment returned on May 7, which charged Lee with being a felon illegally possessing firearms and ammunition. More Info...
Published: June 12th 2019

Missouri man, 77, sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography by sexually abusing young victim

George Ralph Pollock, of Springfield, Missouri, was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison without parole by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes. On April 3, 2018, Pollock pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a child. More Info...
Published: April 15th 2019

Missouri man sentenced to 18 years for heroin trafficking

Danny R. Jones, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 18 years in federal prison without parole.  On June 27, 2018, he pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute. More Info...
Published: April 8th 2019

Missouri sex offender sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for latest child pornography convictions

Bill Lawrence Jr., 57, of Branson, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 15 years in federal prison without parole; he pleaded guilty to the charges on Aug. 28, 2018. More Info...
Published: April 5th 2019

Previously removed Mexican man pleads guilty in Missouri to transporting illegal aliens, re-entering the US after being deported

Rene Flores-Calderon, 35, from Mexico, appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey who accepted his guilty plea. More Info...
Published: March 20th 2019

Former Missouri math teacher sentenced more than 8 years in federal prison for receiving, distributing child pornography

Brandon Hileman, 26, of Lebanon, was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison without parole by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool. More Info...
Published: March 13th 2019

Former teacher indicted in Missouri for allegedly producing child pornography with 3 minor victims

William Derek Williams, 39, of Cameron, Missouri, was charged with three counts of producing child pornography, involving three different minor victims, from Jan. 1, 2013, to Sept. 6, 2018. Williams is also charged with one count of possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: February 13th 2019

Former Missouri teacher pleads guilty to receiving, distributing child pornography

Brandon Hileman, 25, of Lebanon, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to the charge contained in an Oct. 18, 2017, federal indictment. More Info...
Published: November 14th 2018

Missouri man sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a child, illegally possessing a firearm

On June 4, 2018, Corey Dean Frasher, 43, of Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a child, and to illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. More Info...
Published: October 25th 2018

2 men sentenced in Missouri for child exploitation

Ronald Lee Fields, 56, of Joplin, Missouri, and Shannon Calhoun, 33, of Philippi, West Virginia, (formerly of Joplin) were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark. Fields was sentenced to 20 in federal prison without parole. Calhoun was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Fields and Calhoun to each spend the rest... More Info...
Published: July 27th 2018

Former NBA player sentenced in Missouri to 6 years in federal prison for charity fraud scheme, filing false tax returns

A former professional basketball player was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday on charges related to an extensive charity fraud scheme. More Info...
Published: July 9th 2018

Missouri man pleads guilty to producing child pornography by sexually exploiting a child

Anthony Cotter, 30, of Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to sexually exploiting children, and producing and possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: June 18th 2018

Previously convicted Missouri sex offender sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a minor

Jeffrey Raymond Everett Jr., 23, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Everett to spend the rest of his life under supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. More Info...
Published: June 7th 2018

Honduran man pleads guilty in Missouri to illegally re-entering US 10 times

Jose Salazar-Aguilar, 33, a citizen of Honduras, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays to illegally re-entering the United States after having originally been deported following his conviction for an aggravated felony. More Info...
Published: May 2nd 2018

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography

Clark H. Henshaw, 37, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 10 years in federal prison without parole. More Info...
Published: March 6th 2018

ICE arrests 20 in Kansas City during 4-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives

Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following countries:  Brazil (1), El Salvador (3), Guatemala (6), Honduras (1), Mexico (7), Romania (1) and Sierra Leone (1). More Info...
Published: March 2nd 2018


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ICE investigation leads to federal imprisonment of South Texas woman for meth

According to court documents, Alma Rosa Salinas attempted entry into the United States Aug. 7, 2019 at the Los Ebanos Port of Entry driving a Ford F-150. She was referred to secondary inspection where a K-9 had alerted other officials to the presence of concealed narcotics. Once at the secondary inspection area, authorities found liquid meth hidden in the vehicle’s gas tank. More Info...
Published: November 30th 2020

ICE removes unlawfully present Salvadoran national wanted for membership in terrorist organization

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas, removed an unlawfully present Salvadoran national Friday wanted in El Salvador for membership in a terrorist organization. More Info...
Published: November 23rd 2020

7 charged in connection with scheme to defraud $16 million in COVID-19 relief loans

Amir Aqeel, 52, and Pardeep Basra, 51, both of Houston; Rifat Bajwa, 51, Richmond, Texas; Mayer Misak, 40, Cypress, Texas; Mauricio Navia, 41, Katy, Texas; and Richard Reuth, 57, Spring, Texas, made their initial appearances Nov. 17 in the Southern District of Texas. They are all charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. The indictment also charges Aqeel with three counts of... More Info...
Published: November 19th 2020

ICE announces arrests of more than 30 at-large aliens in south Texas

In FY 2019, ICE arrested individuals with more than 1,900 convictions and charges for homicide, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 sex offenses, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 assaults, 67,000 crimes involving drugs, 10,000 weapons offenses, and 74,000 DUIs. ICE continues to target criminal aliens and other public safety and national security threats every day. More Info...
Published: October 29th 2020

Southeast Texas man who wanted to marry child victim sentenced to 50 years in prison for producing child pornography

Stephen Scott Meals, 39, a resident of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty to the charges on Feb. 20. He was further ordered to register as a sex offender and to serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. More Info...
Published: October 28th 2020

Houston-area man sentenced to 85 years for child pornography-related convictions following ICE investigation

Keith Prescott Gace, a resident of Sante Fe, Texas, was sentenced Oct. 21 in the Southern District of Texas to 30, 20, 20 and 10 years for the production, distribution, receipt and possession convictions respectively. More Info...
Published: October 22nd 2020

Former Southeast Texas elementary teacher admits to explicit sexual conversations with minors

Lazaro Benito Rocha, 27, a resident of Odom, Texas, admitted Oct. 22 that he had responded to an ad on Craigslist advertising a “good time” with a teenage girl. He continued communicating with whom he thought was a 14-year-old female, which soon escalated into conversations of an explicit sexual nature via text messaging.  More Info...
Published: October 22nd 2020

Southeast Texas registered sex offender pleads guilty to distributing child pornography

Daniel Ellsworth Janssen pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography Oct. 22 in the Southern District of Texas. More Info...
Published: October 22nd 2020

South Texas stash house discovered by ICE At-Large Team

ICE ERO officers encountered a residence in Laredo, Texas used to house illegal aliens, also known as stash houses, resulting in the apprehension of 32 undocumented aliens Thursday. More Info...
Published: October 22nd 2020

Southeast Texas man sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for distributing, possessing child pornography

Marcus Ryan Howell, a resident of Lake Jackson, Texas, was sentenced Oct. 13 in the Southern District of Texas to 151 months in federal prison for two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. More Info...
Published: October 13th 2020

Mexican drug smuggler sentenced for his role in conspiring to import 100% pure meth

A 43-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to federal prison Oct. 8, after he admitted to conspiring with others to import approximately 25 kilograms of 100% pure methamphetamine from Mexico. More Info...
Published: October 8th 2020

Mexican man sentenced for conspiring to import more than 8.8 kilograms of cocaine

On Oct. 8, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana sentenced Omar Jaime Flores, 42, from Monterrey, Mexico, to 36 months in prison. In imposing the sentence, the court noted he was a border crosser and now will be forever banned from the United States. Flores pleaded guilty to the charges Dec. 2, 2019. During the course of the investigation, ICE HSI learned that Flores is a not a U.S. citizen, he is... More Info...
Published: October 8th 2020

ICE, local law enforcement agencies announce results of operation targeting sex trafficking

The operation dubbed “Operation Patriot” targeted sex trafficking organizations and sex buyers from Sept. 9 – 16. More Info...
Published: October 7th 2020

ICE removes 2 criminals wanted in their home country of El Salvador, men illegally entered and were removed from the US several times

Jose Alexander Ramos-Martinez, 42, and Noe Rodriguez-Sanchez, 51, both citizens of El Salvador, were removed without incident by ICE via an ICE Air Operations charter flight. Once in El Salvador, ICE turned them over to law enforcement authorities in El Salvador. More Info...
Published: September 28th 2020

ICE El Paso transfers 59 Mexican nationals with drug convictions to Mexico as part of the US-Mexico treaty transfer

Officers with ICE transferred 59 Mexican nationals, serving prison sentences for drug convictions in the United States, to their home country Wednesday. More Info...
Published: September 23rd 2020

Southeast Texas businessman sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking young girl following ICE investigation

David Keith Wills, 68, a previous resident of Rockport and South Padre Island, was sentenced to life in federal prison and was ordered to pay $172,000 in restitution to the victim along with $85,000 in fines for multiple counts of sex trafficking, enticement of a child and conspiring to obstruct justice. A federal jury convicted Wills, the founder and part owner of Global Blue Technologies, Oct.... More Info...
Published: September 22nd 2020

Northeast Texas man who solicited murder, necrophilia, and cannibalism of a minor on dark web sentenced to federal prison

Alexander Nathan Barter, a resident of Joaquin, Texas, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison and ordered to submit to a lifetime of supervised release for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography Sept. 17 by U.S. District Judge Michael Truncale. He pleaded guilty to the charges Dec. 20, 2019. More Info...
Published: September 18th 2020

2 North Texas men indicted for child sex trafficking following ICE investigation

On Sept. 2, a federal grand jury indicted Kention Obryan Johnson, 35, and Sergio Trinidad Carvajal, 30, for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking of children. HSI special agents arrested the defendants in Dallas on Sept. 9; their court documents were unsealed Sept. 16. More Info...
Published: September 16th 2020

ICE removes illegal alien wanted for aggravated homicide in El Salvador

Jose Francisco Quintanilla Granados, a 27-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, was flown from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, to the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. Upon arrival, he was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police... More Info...
Published: September 15th 2020

Former Louisiana federal task force officer charged with cocaine distribution

On Sept. 10, Johnny Jacob Domingue, 31, from Maurapas, Louisiana, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis, who charged him with cocaine distribution. On Sept. 9, Domingue was arrested by ICE HSI in Edinburg, Texas, without incident. According to court documents, Domingue had been a federal task force officer for the DEA in Louisiana. More Info...
Published: September 11th 2020

Southeast Texas registered sex offender admits to receiving child pornography

Cameron Michael Pittman, 34, a resident of Orange Grove, Texas, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography Sept. 9 in the Southern District of Texas. More Info...
Published: September 10th 2020

Immigration imposter convicted of fraud

On Sept. 9, 2020, Rito Salomon Palacios, 51, from Laredo, pled guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana for wire fraud and extortion under color of official right. More Info...
Published: September 9th 2020

ICE removes MS-13 gang member to home country of El Salvador

Nelson Arturo Avalos, 32, a citizen of El Salvador, is known to be affiliated with the transnational criminal street organization known as Mara Salvatrucha “MS-13” and was removed by ICE ERO San Antonio via an ICE Air Operations charter flight without incident. More Info...
Published: September 8th 2020

ICE recovers 19th century painting stolen from Italian monastery

HSI Dallas was able to locate the painting after receiving a tip from the HSI Attaché Office in Rome, Italy, in 2019. Based on that tip, HSI tracked the painting to a private art collector in the Dallas-area who had purchased the painting in 2015 from a dealer who was unaware that it was stolen. More Info...
Published: September 3rd 2020

Former pastor, North Texas man charged with child pornography-related offenses, ICE encouraging anyone with information to come forward

David Pettigrew, 48, a former pastor at the Denison Church of the Nazarene in Denison, Texas, and Chad Michael Rider, 46, of Anna, Texas, were indicted by a grand jury Aug. 19 with conspiring to sexually exploit children and the charges were publicly announced today. More Info...
Published: September 3rd 2020