I am so proud to announce that Fairytale Brownies has become the 17th Arizona company to join a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) program designed to strengthen hiring practices and combat the unlawful employment of illegal aliens. Considering there are only 100 companies nationwide that are certified, this is a milestone for us and the state of Arizona! This process has taken many months but well worth the hard work to finally receive our IMAGE Certification Award as seen in the above photo with myself, Brad Lazna, Special Agent with ICE/HSI, and Kim Silva, Operations Team Leader at Fairytale Brownies.
Fairytale Brownies, Inc. was certified as an "IMAGE" or ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers" partner during a ceremony on October 16th at Homeland Security Investigations office in Phoenix, Arizona. IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows private industry to partner with ICE to reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. "By taking the initiative to become IMAGE certified, Fairytale Brownies is setting the example for other small businesses in the state and around the country", said Matt Allen, special agent in charge of HSI Arizona. "When employers make a commitment to hire and maintain a lawful workforce, it's good not only for their business, but for the community and the nation".
As part of the IMAGE program, ICE provides private companies with education and training on proper hiring procedures, including use of employment screening tools such as E-Verify. IMAGE certified companies also undergo an audit of their I-9 forms to ensure current employees are eligible to work in the United States.