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FLEOA Needs Your Help

FLEOA Needs Your Help to Push Federal LEO & Protection Bill Across the Finish Line

Call Your U.S. Representative TODAY! 

Over a year and a half ago, a tragic court order allowed the murder convictions of two cartel members who murdered former HSI SA Jaime Zapata and almost murdered former HSI SA Victor Avila, off the hook. The U.S. court said the federal statute used to convict these murderers (18 U.S.C. 1114), a statute used since the beginning of our nation to bring foreign criminals to justice, no longer applies extraterritorially. These cartel "hit men” are now free of a federal murder conviction and are asking the court to resentence them to less time. At least four other members of the cartel hit team that attacked these two federal agents in Mexico are now also asking the court, based on that decision, to remove the murder convictions and to resentence them as well. That would mean seven convicted murders, which were identified and extradited to the United States for trial by Mexico, could now be out of jail in a few years. What’s worse is that every individual who has attacked and/or murdered any federal employee overseas—including terrorists like Khalid Sheik Mohammad, Ramzi Yousef, and others—may now be able to appeal their murder convictions based on this rogue court decision. 

FLEOA’s response has been immediate and swift. With the support of congressional allies like Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), we introduced S. 921/H.R. 2137, the "Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act.”  

This legislation amends current law to rectify the untenable situation created by the courts and clarifies that 18 U.S.C. 1114 does apply extraterritorially. It would also ensure the extraterritorial application of 18 U.S.C. 111 ("assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees”) and 18 U.S.C. 115 ("influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal official by threatening or injuring a family member”). The legislation also has the full support of DHS, the State Department, the Biden Administration, and most federal employee and law enforcement organizations. On May 28, the U.S. Senate approved S. 921 by a unanimous voice vote and it is currently awaiting action in the House of Representatives. 

Now we need YOUR help to get S. 921 across the finish line! 

While Congress has been deliberating this legislation, around the world, including in Haiti recently, American citizens and especially federal employees have come under increased threat. 

If the court ruling stands and this bill isn’t passed into law, the threats against every federal employee will increase dramatically as criminals around the world will come to know - the US can’t prosecute them.  

We are asking you to call your Representative Today and tell them to support and pass S. 921, the "Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officer and Employee Protection Act.”

You can find your Representative here (https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative) 

This legislation is urgently needed so that not one more murderer of an America citizen can potentially walk free.




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