ICE makes history with first non-US law enforcement partner receiving prestigious award

WASHINGTON – US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) presented Interpol Mexico Director General Jorge Dominguez Martinez Vertiz, with the Exemplary Law Enforcement Partnership Award 2021 during a September 20 ceremony at the Embassy of the United States in Mexico City.

The Exemplary Law Enforcement Partnership Award is one of 18 categories represented in the ERO Annual Awards series, which recognizes people who exemplify ERO’s high standards, strong values, hard work and dedication to national security.

Dominguez Martinez, the first law enforcement partner outside the United States to receive the award, was honored for leading Interpol Mexico’s contributions to ERO’s Mexico City Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE), a strong information-sharing relationship with the government of Mexico supporting ERO’s ability to identify, arrest and remove fugitives with criminal arrest warrants active in Mexico from the United States.

“Today, it is an honor to present this award to an extraordinary colleague who is working hard to make North America safer,” said William McCafferty, assistant ERO removal officer for Mexico City. “Under his direction in the last fiscal year, Interpol Mexico investigated more than 23,100 cases held by ERO for arrest warrants and helped ERO facilitate the arrest of 474 fugitives, including 52 high-profile removals.” .

Since August 2018, Interpol Mexico’s collaboration with SAFE has continued bilateral law enforcement cooperation between the government of Mexico and ICE ERO.

SAFE is a tangible and effective example of how the United States and Mexico are working together for #SeguridadCompartida as part of the Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities.

ERO’s International Operations Division supports ERO’s 25 Field Offices in handling non-citizen cases based on the final removal order and develops and implements strategic initiatives to support ICE’s mission to arrest and remove priority non-citizens from United States. With ERO Deputy Attachés for Removal (DAR) and Assistant Attachés for Removal (AAR) strategically placed at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas, the division is uniquely positioned to leverage foreign government partnerships to support field offices and Headquarters staff with assistance on removal matters.

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