HSI participates in training conference on countering antiquities trafficking in Iraq

23 Dec 2012 12:12 PM | Anonymous

HSI participates in training conference on countering antiquities trafficking in Iraq

HSI special agents along with U.S. law enforcement partners and Iraqi Ministry of Interior police investigators at a training conference in Baghdad on "Countering Antiquities Trafficking."

BAGHDAD – The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hosted a delegation of nine American subject matter experts in the fields of federal law enforcement, justice and cultural heritage protection including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, from Dec. 17 to 20 at a training conference on "Countering Antiquities Trafficking." The four-day training, sponsored by HSI in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, was provided to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior police investigators representing 15 provinces on methods of identifying Iraqi cultural heritage sites, and preventing and investigating looting and illegal trafficking within and beyond Iraq's borders.

Assistant Chief of Mission Ambassador James Knight opened the conference stating that, "Perhaps the most important reason for organizing a meeting such as this is Iraq's unparalleled cultural heritage. Preserving that heritage is to preserve some of mankind's greatest treasures. Not only are they a precious window into the past, they are tangible reminders to future generations of Iraqis of a glorious history."

 

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1212/121220baghdad.htm

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