A squad of Miami-based federal agents that tracks down foreign human-rights abusers has scored notable results, says the Miami Herald. Almost 100 suspects have been arrested nationwide, more than 60 in Florida alone. Agents are pursuing 200 other cases. The “torture squad” in Doral is run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Eddie Agrait, 45, a 15-year veteran, who spent his career tracking drug traffickers and money launderers from Key West to Tampa. Agrait’s agents are part of a national effort of the recently created Human Rights Violators and Public Safety Unit.
The program seeks to remove from the U.S. foreign nationals suspected of abducting, assassinating, persecuting, or torturing anyone for political, racial, social, or religious reasons. The program has drew public attention after agents detained two Cuban suspects recently. Jorge de Cárdenas Agostini and Luis Enrique Daniel Rodríguez were accused by federal officials of persecuting dissidents in Cuba in the 1990s. Their supporters say they are innocent victims of either insufficient evidence or overzealous investigators.