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Statement on Zapata-Avila Bill Passage

 

FLEOA Applauds Senate Passage of the Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila
Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) – the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing 30,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies – issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act:

"Ever since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the convictions of two of the defendants for the murder of Special Agent Zapata and the serious wounding of Special Agent Avila, FLEOA has advocated for Congressional action to close this loophole and ensure justice for law enforcement injured abroad. We are extremely pleased that the U.S. Senate has passed the Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act by unanimous consent and thank Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) for their leadership on this important issue,” President Cosme explained.

"This legislation provides the United States Government the authority to bring to justice those who attack or kill federal law enforcement serving across the globe. It ensures all federal officials serving abroad know their country has their back and will prosecute crimes against them to the fullest extent possible under the law,” Cosme furthered.

"In 2011, a cartel attack in Mexico caused ICE-Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata to tragically lose his life and his partner, Special Agent Victor Avila, to sustain critical wounds. The decision of the appellate court to vacate the defendant’s convictions created a circuit split, and opened a dangerous loophole in federal law that placed all federal law enforcement and other governmental personnel stationed overseas at risk. We applaud Senate actions to rectify this gap in federal law and protect our overseas personnel. We urge the House to act swiftly to pass this legislation and send it to President Biden to be signed into law,Cosme concluded.

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