Federal Agencies Combat Immigration Services Scams

Los Angeles Selected as One of Seven Partner Cities for National Launch

DHS, DOJ and FTC Collaborate with State and Local Partners in Unprecedented Effort

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. government will unveil a national initiative to combat immigration services scams tomorrow — Thursday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are leading this historic effort.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the lead agency responsible for administering the U.S. legal immigration system, will host events in Los Angeles and six other cities around the country as part of a national launch from Washington, D.C.

The unauthorized practice of immigration law is an exploitative practice that endangers the integrity of our immigration system and victimizes members of the immigrant community. Understanding the gravity of this deceptive practice, federal, state and local partners have come together to combat immigration services scams on all fronts. The initiative is set upon three pillars: enforcement, education, and continued collaboration. Each agency plays a critical role to ensure the success of this national effort.

Recognizing the valuable collaboration with our local communities and state and local governments, this press conference is part of a stakeholder engagement session. Media and other participants will be able to join the national launch event via video teleconference as well.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

9:55 a.m. – Local welcome and live video teleconference from Washington DC

10:30 a.m. – Los Angeles session followed by questions and answers

(Media plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to clear security and for escort)

WHERE:
300 N. Los Angeles Street – Room 4377

Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHO:
Jane Arellano, District Director, USCIS

André Birotte Jr., United States Attorney

Thomas Syta, Asst. Regional Director, FTC

Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County District Attorney

Carlos Ortiz, Special Agent in Charge, ICE

Rigoberto Reyes, Acting Director, Department of Consumer Affairs

CONTACT:
Mariana Gitomer

Public Affairs Officer, USCIS 213-830-3835 (office) 202-384-6697 (cell)

For planning purposes, media attending are asked to RSVP to [email protected] by close of business June 8, 2011

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