Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Zika Virus in the United States – What You Need to Know

In recent weeks, the Zika virus has established itself as a growing health concern of the American public. Of particular concern are reports surfacing from Brazil that link Zika virus infections to instances of microcephaly in newborns with birth mothers who were infected during their pregnancies. It is important to...

Community Policing to Prevent Violent Extremism: Opportunity is Knocking

A new report from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security suggests that violent extremism may be prevented through the strategic approach of community policing. In “The Challenge and Promise of Using Community Policing Strategies to Prevent Violent Extremism: A Call for Community Partnerships with Law Enforcement to Enhance...

Terror Threat Snapshot: New Year, Same Story

Though early into 2016, Terrorism has already impacted the new year. Recent attacks, such as the officer shooting in Philadelphia, explosions in Jakarta, and a suicide bombing in Istanbul, demonstrate that few changes are in store for 2016 when it comes to the use of terror as a strategy. With...

Infectious Diseases: A Forgotten Facet of Global Security

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future (GHRF) has published a compelling report on the international need to galvanize and rethink the global approach to infectious disease resiliency. “Compared with other high-profile threats to human and economic security –...

ATF and ICE Collaboration to Reduce Mexican Firearms Trafficking

The United States (U.S.) has a strong interest in assisting its neighbors in matters of national security. By offering resources to improve/preserve the safety of citizens in bordering countries, the U.S. ideally hopes to improve their overall quality of life; thus reducing their impetus to contemplate illegal immigration into the...

Outbreak! What’s the State of Your State?

In a recently released report on America’s ability to effectively respond to an outbreak of infectious disease, the Trust for America’s Health ranked all 50 states based on 10 criteria ranging from public health funding to syringe exchange programs. The 10 indicators were chosen, according to the report, “after consulting...

Domestic Terrorism: Jihadist/Islamist

A brief, targeted collection of foundational documents, recently-released documents of particular interest, or items of potential importance related to Domestic Terrorism: Jihadist/Islamist. These items are hand-selected and vetted by the HSDL content team. Resources are grouped by Government Reports, Hearings, Reports & Studies, Theses, Websites, Documents, and more.

By the Numbers: ICE and CBP in 2015

Fiscal Year 2015 data was released last week from the Department of Homeland Security, summarizing apprehensions and removals for both Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Both of these reports provide an overview of department operations as well as some statistics covering multiple years. ICE, in FY15, conducted...

Over the River and Through the Woods: Travel Tips from the HSDL

If you’re venturing to and from grandmother’s house this holiday season, the HSDL would like to offer our warmest wishes, along with some tips for personal and travel safety:  Decorations and Christmas trees help spread holiday cheer in our neighborhoods and workplaces, but they can also be a fire risk. Check out...

Active Shooters: Preparation, Mitigation, and Response

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Newtown, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino. In an age of increasingly common active shooter incidents, this seemingly random list of locations is all too familiar to Americans. Aiming to increase preparedness for future events, the Interagency Security Committee released Planning and Response to an Active Shooter:...