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Apr 06, 2015 11:15 AM

Initial Human Trafficking, Cargo Theft Data Released Through UCR

Today, the FBI released its first-ever public compilations of human trafficking data and cargo theft data collected through its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

Initial Human Trafficking, Cargo Theft Data Released Through UCR

UCR seal

Today, the FBI released its first-ever public compilations of human trafficking data and cargo theft data collected through its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Both reports contain 2013 data.

As with any new UCR collection effort, the data in both the human trafficking and cargo theft reports is limited for a variety of reasons—the time and resources it takes for agencies to implement technical changes within their own systems, the need to align state and local policies with federal requirements, and the education and training of participants.

We do, however, expect that the number of agencies reporting data on human trafficking and cargo theft offenses will grow over time. And both collections will be incorporated into UCR’s annual Crime in the U.S report—compiled from our Summary Reporting System—and our annual National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS, report—a more comprehensive accounting of crime which contains additional details on each single crime occurrence. Those two reports—containing data from 2014—will be published later this year.

In January 2013, UCR began collecting offense and arrest data concerning human trafficking from its users as authorized by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008. Under the act, two additional offenses in both the Summary Reporting System and the NIBRS were created: Human Trafficking/Commercial Sex Acts and Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude.

Data on cargo theft, authorized as a separate category in UCR under the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, has been reported to the FBI on a very limited basis for several years, but this 2013 report is the first public release of the data. Cargo theft is often described as a “gateway” crime that can lead to broader investigations in areas like organized crime, drug trafficking, health care fraud, and even terrorism.

Human trafficking report | Cargo theft report

Apr 03, 2015 10:30 AM

National Explosives Task Force

The National Explosives Task Force, a multi-agency group of the country’s leading bomb experts, analyzes and disseminates intelligence related to IEDs and other explosive materials in the U.S.

National Explosives Task Force

Bomb threats are not a new tactic for criminals and terrorists, but when scammers used them in a ruse in 2013 to fraudulently obtain pre-paid money cards from retailers around the country, first responders needed to know about it. A bulletin was sent to public safety officials explaining the scheme. The notice advised that although no devices had been found linked to this particular threat, first responders should not automatically assume any bomb threat is a hoax.

The awareness bulletin was a product of the National Explosives Task Force, a multi-agency assemblage of bomb technicians, analysts, and professional staff that formed in 2011 to quickly analyze and disseminate intelligence related to IEDs and other explosive materials in the U.S. The task force, located at FBI Headquarters, includes personnel from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The arrangement puts some of the nation’s leading bomb experts together in the same room.

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Mar 30, 2015 03:30 PM

FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

The FBI—in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section—recently announced the establishment of three dedicated international corruption squads to aid in the battle against foreign ...

FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

Foreign Bribery Graphic


The FBI—in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section—recently announced the establishment of three dedicated international corruption squads to aid in the battle against foreign bribery and kleptocracy-related criminal activity.

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Mar 25, 2015 02:00 PM

Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.

Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.

The release of the 9/11 Review Commission’s report, The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century, followed 14 months of research, interviews, briefings, and field visits by commissioners and their 13-member staff. The commission—which included former Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Congressman Tim Roemer, and Georgetown University professor Bruce Hoffman—began its review in 2013 at the FBI’s request after Congress called for an appraisal of the Bureau’s progress since the 9/11 Commission issued its recommendations in 2004. A classified draft of the Review Commission’s report was sent to Congress and to other agencies mentioned in the report; the FBI released the unclassified version for the public.

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Mar 20, 2015 12:00 PM

Law Enforcement in Ohio Solicits Public’s Help to Identify and Locate Buckeye Bandit

The FBI—along with its partners at the Columbus Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—are appealing again to the public for ...

Law Enforcement in Ohio Solicits Public’s Help to Identify and Locate Buckeye Bandit

The FBI—along with its partners at the Columbus Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—are appealing again to the public for assistance in finding a serial bank robbery suspect believed to be responsible for at least 20 Columbus-area robberies between 2013 and 2015.

Referred to as the Buckeye Bandit because he is often seen wearing Ohio State University apparel, the suspect has displayed a handgun during many of the robberies and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is also suspected of robbing a Columbus pharmacy three times.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the FBI for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the robbery suspect. Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio is also offering an additional $2,000 reward. Anyone with information can call the FBI’s Buckeye Bandit tip line at (614) 849-1896.

Press release | Wanted poster

Mar 20, 2015 11:00 AM

Leader of Violent Street Gang Going to Prison

Following a multi-agency investigation, the leader of a dangerous criminal organization responsible for not only a great deal of the gang violence occurring on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, ...

Leader of Violent Street Gang Going to Prison

Following a multi-agency investigation, the leader of a dangerous criminal organization responsible for not only a great deal of the gang violence occurring on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, but also for the large-scale distribution of cocaine in and around the city was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

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Mar 17, 2015 02:00 PM

Still Seeking Clues in Biggest Art Theft in U.S. History

It was 25 years ago, on March 18, 1990, that two men dressed as police officers gained access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 objects valued at approximately $500 ...

Still Seeking Clues in Biggest Art Theft in U.S. History


It was 25 years ago, on March 18, 1990, that two men dressed as police officers gained access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 objects valued at approximately $500 million. In addition to artwork by Degas and Rembrandt, they took a Vermeer painting that was one of only 36 in existence.

In 2013, the museum offered a $5 million reward “for information that leads directly to the recovery of all of our items in good condition.”

The FBI’s Boston Field Office has diligently investigated the case—in partnership with the museum and the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office—following leads around the world. The case represents the largest property crime in U.S. history.

Two years ago, FBI.gov profiled the theft and interviewed officials about the investigation and released high-resolution images of the stolen pieces. The FBI is still seeking tips and information that will lead to the recovery of the stolen artwork.

Full Story | Photo Gallery

Mar 17, 2015 12:30 PM

Financial Fraud Scheme in Hollywood

The owners of Gigapix Studios told investors they were going to make an animated version of the “Wizard of Oz” called “OZ3D,” and those who got in on the ground floor could make a killing. But the ...

Financial Fraud Scheme in Hollywood

The owners of Gigapix Studios told investors they had a sure thing: They were going to make an animated version of the Wizard of Oz called OZ3D, and those who got in on the ground floor—and the company’s imminent public offering—could make a killing.

Unfortunately, the film was a bigger fairy tale than investors bargained for, and approximately 730 people lost millions of dollars. For some, the investment represented their life savings.

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Mar 13, 2015 05:45 PM

Law Enforcement and Race: Continuing the Conversation

The sometimes uneasy relationship between members of law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve can be a difficult topic to discuss, but in a speech to members of the National ...

Law Enforcement and Race: Continuing the Conversation

The sometimes uneasy relationship between members of law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve can be a difficult topic to discuss, but FBI Director James B. Comey today encouraged the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to continue that conversation—and he again called for better reporting of incidents where force is used by police and against them.

During a speech to the NOBLE group in Atlanta, Georgia, Comey noted that the organization’s members were “uniquely qualified as law enforcement leaders who are leaders of color” to drive this conversation forward, and he pledged that the FBI would strive to be a more diverse organization to reflect the nation it serves.

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Mar 12, 2015 04:45 PM

Possible Lead in Case of Missing Ohio Girl

The FBI is asking for help from the public in the case of Ashley Summers, who went missing in July 2007 from Cleveland, Ohio when she was 14 years old. Recent surveillance photos obtained in Rhode ...

Possible Lead in Case of Missing Ohio Girl

The FBI is asking for help from the public in the case of Ashley Summers, who went missing in July 2007 from Cleveland, Ohio when she was 14 years old.

Recent surveillance photos depicting an unidentified male and female—obtained on October 22, 2014, by the Warwick (Rhode Island) Police Department—have led authorities to believe that they may have traveled together through areas of Warwick, East Providence, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as well as Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Surveillance photos of the female (one of which is shown above on the right) are of particular interest to the FBI because the pictures bear a strong resemblance to Ashley Summers (left photo). And while the Bureau realizes that the unidentified female may have no connection to Ashley Summers, we consider this a potential lead that must be followed because of the physical similarities.

Anyone with any information on this unidentified female should contact your local FBI office or nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Missing Person poster - Ashley Summers