Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Information
The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.
It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.
Victim Notification Program
•ICE is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed.
•ICE can initiate removal (also known as deportation) proceedings against criminal aliens who are convicted of certain crimes.
•ICE takes custody of the inmate after the criminal alien has completed his or her federal or state criminal sentence.
•The removal process can take from several days to several months. Generally, the criminal alien remains in custody until ICE can remove the criminal alien to his or her country.
•On occasion, ICE may not be able remove a criminal alien. This can happen for several reasons — the most common being the inability of ICE to secure travel authorization documents for the alien. Depending on the situation, ICE may have to release the criminal alien under an order of supervision or on bond.
Although ICE makes every attempt to control illegal entry into the United States, ICE cannot ensure that the offender will not reenter the United States illegally.
• Once the criminal alien is placed in ICE custody, the ICE Victim Notification Program will provide information to eligible victims and witnesses who register to be notified of release related activities.
•Victims and witnesses must submit the “Victim Request for Notification of Criminal Alien Status” (form on other side).
•ICE will make every effort to keep victims and witnesses advised of the release status of the offender. Registered victims and witnesses will be advised when the criminal alien is released from custody or removed.
•Occasionally, ICE transfers criminal aliens between custodial facilities. ICE will not routinely notify victims or witnesses of these internal transfers. However, any victim or witness may learn the location of an offender by calling the ICE Victim Notification Program.
•If you have previously submitted a victim impact statement to the court or parole board, you may forward that statement to ICE Victim Notification Program and request that it be presented to the government’s attorney for consideration by the immigration judge.
How Can You Be Notified?
• In order to be notified, a victim must submit the registration form. Information on the registration form is confidential and will not be disclosed to the criminal alien.
If your contact information changes, you must advise the Victim Notification Program. You may also withdraw your request for notification by contacting the program.
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