Homeland Security and Justice

Our Work

Called the greatest challenge facing the United States at the beginning of the 21st century, homeland security has fundamentally reshaped government priorities and altered numerous federal, state, and local programs and citizen behaviors. In 2002, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the primary mission of preventing, reducing vulnerability to, and aiding in recovery from domestic terrorist attacks. DHS’s efforts to effectively secure all modes of transportation; land, air, and sea ports of entry; and our nation’s borders, as well as enforce immigration laws within our borders, are critical to adequately protecting and securing the homeland.

The Homeland Security and Justice team assists Congress by researching and analyzing issues in both the homeland security and justice areas. We communicate our research results through briefings, written reports, congressional testimonies, and meetings with members of Congress. We are in frequent contact with congressional staff, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and other federal law enforcement agencies. In conducting our work, we use a variety of analytical techniques, including surveys, statistical analyses, modeling, structured interviews, file reviews, and direct observations.