Tag Archives: Department of Homeland Security

Transportation Security of Radioactive Sources (podcast)

Since September 11, 2001, concerns have been raised that medical, industrial, and research related radioactive materials could be stolen by terrorists and used to create a “dirty bomb.” As such, transportation security of high-risk radioactive materials is particularly important, and … Continue reading

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If Disaster Strikes, How Is DOD Prepared to Help?

When disasters strike, the Department of Defense, including the National Guard, must be prepared to respond quickly to support civil authorities—such as state and local agencies, and the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. DOD can provide … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking in the United States

Human trafficking— using force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for the purposes of commercial sex or to work against their will—happens in the United States. But it’s not always easy to recognize the victims or understand the scope … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Risks to the Nation’s Electric Grid (podcast)

A world without electricity sounds like the setting of a summer blockbuster, but electromagnetic events could pose real risks to the national power grid. These risks can be the result of a man-made explosion high above the ground creating an … Continue reading

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More Scrutiny on Administrative Leave

This is a time of year when people may take time off to spend spring break with family or visit the cherry blossoms in the nation’s capital. But not all time off—or, in fed speak, “leave”—is for a vacation, or … Continue reading

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Immigration Detention Facilities

Immigration detention facilities are now the nation’s largest civil detention system. While people are held in these facilities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is responsible for ensuring their safe, secure, and humane confinement. Today’s WatchBlog looks at the costs of … Continue reading

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Medical Care for Immigration Detainees (podcast)

On any given day, more than 30,000 people are held in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility. ICE is responsible for providing the people in these facilities with safe, secure, and humane confinement—including some medical services. But what type … Continue reading

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The National Cybersecurity Protection System (podcast)

With cyberattacks on the rise, protecting federal government computer systems, the infrastructure they control, and the private data stored within them is of the utmost importance. The National Cybersecurity Protection System is intended to help—but how well is it working? … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers (podcast)

Tens of thousands of people apply for asylum in the United States each year. Asylum officers review these applications for evidence that the people have legitimate fears of persecution. Listen to Rebecca Gambler, a director in our Homeland Security and … Continue reading

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Caring for Unaccompanied Children at the Border

Each year, tens of thousands of unaccompanied children under 18 are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security. These children have often traveled thousands of miles under dangerous conditions to reach the United States. But they arrive at the border … Continue reading

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