Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit Law and Legal Definition

Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTCEU) is a part of U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The CTCEU prevents terrorists and other criminals from exploiting the U.S. immigration system.

The CTCEU is also tasked with the responsibility of reviewing the immigration status of known and suspected terrorists. It combats criminal exploitation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) . This unit uses the Homeland Security Investigations' expertise and help to identify national security threats.

There are three sections within CTCEU:

National Security Threat Task Force (NSTTF)

SEVIS Exploitation Section (SES)

Terrorist Tracking Pursuit Group (TTPG)

The NSTTF identifies, disrupts and prosecutes people listed in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, a database of individuals that have fraudulently obtained U.S. immigration benefits. The SEVIS Exploitation Section (SES) analyzes and refers educational/school fraud criminal investigation leads to the respective ICE field office. The CTCEU serves as the law enforcement arm of ICE for SEVP.