U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Egyptian Administrative Control Authority (ACA) to facilitate ongoing cooperation between the two agencies through the exchange of expertise and best practices, information sharing, and other collaborative efforts. The memo was signed during a visit to Washington by ACA General and Undersecretary Hesham Abdelghafar.
The ACA is Egypt’s anti-corruption, fraud, financial, customs and regulatory investigative branch. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and is a vital U.S. asset in combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting America’s travel, trade, financial and immigration systems.
HSI Cairo has enjoyed a robust and productive working relationship with the ACA, which has participated in HSI led training sessions on including Cross Border Financial Investigations Training, Public Funds Investigations Training and Financial Prosecution Training.
In September 2017, HSI Cairo traveled with an ACA senior delegation to visit DHS facilities throughout New England, where ACA members boarded a Coast Guard Cutter, and received operational overviews from the HSI Bulk Cash Smuggling Center, Fugitive Operations Center, Law Enforcement Support Center and HSI Boston Cybercrimes Unit.
“The ACA has evolved into one of ICE’s top international partners due to their vast authorities, professionalism, and relentless pursuit of transnational criminal enterprise,” said HSI Cairo Country Attaché Bryan Lewis