Domestic Security Section

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The Domestic Security Section (DSS) was a component of the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division that was focused on the prosecution of significant alien smuggling organizations,[1] complex immigration frauds, certain violent crime and firearms offenses, crimes committed under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, and serious human rights violations such as war crimes, genocide ,[2] and torture. DSS was the primary DOJ office responsible for pursuing justice against perpetrators of human rights violations. [3][4]

In 2009, the Section was merged with the Office of Special Investigations to form a new unit of the Criminal Division: the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.

Former Section Chiefs[edit]

The Domestic Security Section, prior to reorganization, was headed by a Section Chief, who in turn reported to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division through a Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

A former acting chief of the section, John T. Morton, was appointed in mid-2009 by President of the United States Barack Obama to serve as the Assistant Security of Homeland Security for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[5]

Notable Cases[edit]


  1. ^ "International Aspects Of Criminal Immigration Enforcement". Immigration Daily. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  2. ^ Senate Judiciary Committee “Genocide and the Rule of Law”[permanent dead link] Before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. Retrieved on 2007-12-25.
  3. ^ Senate Judiciary Committee “No Safe Haven: Accountability for Human Rights Violators in the United States” Archived 2008-02-28 at the Wayback Machine Before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. Retrieved on 2007-12-25.
  4. ^ "From Nuremberg to Darfur: Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  5. ^ "John Morton to Lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement". Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  6. ^ "Taylor Jr. to stand trial on charges of torture abroad". CNN. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  7. ^ "First Prosecution in the United States for Torture Committed Abroad" (PDF). Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  8. ^ "Series of Errors Doomed Stevens Prosecution". Retrieved 2009-04-06.

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