HERO Pilot (Fiscal Year 2018 Report to Congress)   [open pdf - 411KB]

From the Executive Summary: "The Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child Rescue Corps recruits and trains wounded, ill, or injured active-duty service members; transitioning active-duty service members; and military veterans to support law enforcement in the areas of child-exploitation investigations, child-victim identification, traveling child-sex-offender investigations, and computer forensics. The yearlong unpaid internship is managed by ICE Homeland Security Investigations' (HSI) Cyber Crimes Center (C3), the National Organization to Protect Children, and the U.S. Department of Defense's Special Operations Command. The HERO Child Rescue Corps honors the Nation's commitment to its veterans, and enables those veterans to contribute to HSI's mission. The primary goal of the HERO Program is to recruit, train, and hire veterans, and to retain them as General Schedule (GS)-1801 Computer Forensic Analysts (CFA). [...] The FY 2018 DHS Appropriations Act (P.L. 115-141) designated $2 million to train and hire 10 CFAs. In FY 2018, HSI's C3 Computer Forensics Unit hired 25 CFAs who had been trained in last year's HERO Program. An additional 17 HEROs completed their classroom training and are currently in the field training portion of their internships. They will complete the training program and be eligible for employment in March 2019."

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