Established in 1870, the United States Department of Justice enforces the laws and defends the interests of the United States. It ensures the public safety against foreign and domestic threats, provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime and seeks punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior. The department also ensures the fair and impartial administration of justice for the general public. The United States Department of Justice maintains a corporate fraud task force that focuses on enhancing the criminal enforcement activities within the department and maximizing cooperation and joint regulatory and enforcement efforts throughout the federal law enforcement community. The department also has hurricane Katrina fraud, faith-based and community initiative, joint terrorism and obscenity prosecution task forces. The United States Department of Justice maintains an office in Syracuse, N.Y.