The Cyber Crimes Center (C3) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces transborder violations of federal child exploitation statutes. Among other things, works to prevent the introduction of prohibited merchandise and contraband, such as child pornography, into the United States and investigates, interdicts, and prosecutes those individuals involved in possession, receipt, distribution, advertisement, transportation, and production of child pornography.
- Possession, manufacture and distribution of images of child abuse.
- International money laundering and illegal cyber-banking.
- Illegal arms trafficking and illegal export of strategic/controlled commodities.
- Drug trafficking (including prohibited pharmaceuticals).
- General smuggling (including the trafficking in stolen art and antiquities; violations of the Endangered Species Act etc.)
- Intellectual property rights violations (including music and software).
- Immigration violations; identity theft and benefit fraud
C3 consists of four sections, three of which provide cyber technical and investigative services, the Cyber Crimes Section (CCS), the Child Exploitation Section (CES), and the Digital Forensic Section (DFS). The fourth section, the Information Technology and Administrative Section (ITAS), provides the technical and operational infrastructure services necessary to support the other three C3 sections.
The Center is a co-location of special agents, intelligence research specialists, administrative support, and contractors, all of which are instrumental in operational and technical continuity. Within each section, there are various program managers assigned to certain programmatic areas. These program managers are responsible for supporting ICE Internet investigations through the generation and the dissemination of viable leads. Program managers are available to provide guidance and training to field agents as well as to other law enforcement (foreign and domestic) upon request.