BORDERPOL Announces its First North America Security Meeting "Curtailing Terrorist Travel" Addressing Threats and Solutions to the Increased Flow and Activity of Foreign Fighters and Terrorists
Keynote by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Chair of House Homeland Security Committee "Terrorist Travel Task Force"
Jun 22, 2015, 08:45 ET
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- BORDERPOL North America Directorate today announces its first International Security Meeting "Curtailing Terrorist Travel" on September 9-11, 2015 in Washington, D.C. BORDERPOL is the only international nonprofit solely committed to supporting border agencies worldwide with achieving faster, safer and smarter borders. The meeting will be the first of its kind to focus on the growing threat of clandestine terrorist travel with in-depth discussions of international law, travel document security, biometric and other intelligence, port of entry security, and securing land and sea borders.
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Keynoting the meeting will be Rep. John Katko (R-NY) who serves as a Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee "Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel" as well as Chair of the Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee.
"We face a constantly evolving terrorist threat to the United States homeland, and Congress must remain vigilant to protect the American people. Violent Islamist extremism is surging, and terrorist groups are attracting recruits from all corners of the globe," said Katko. "I am honored for the opportunity to speak with stakeholders and vested groups about the need for securing our borders and protecting America from violent extremism. This Congress, my colleagues and I have worked to ensure that we look at all aspects of our national security as it pertains to foreign travel. I look forward to an expanded dialogue regarding this important issue at the upcoming BORDERPOL International Security Meeting.
- Patty Cogswell, Chief Intelligence Officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and former Acting Deputy and Special Assistant to the President
- William Hochul, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York and former Chief of the Department of Justice's National Security Division
- Jamie Solesme, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sergeant responsible for U.S.-Canada Border Intelligence and Enforcement
- Doug Gilmer, Deputy Unit Chief, FBI National Joint Terrorism Task Force
- Tony Smith, former Director General of the UK Border Force and President of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- David Alania, Border Patrol Chief Captain, (country of) Georgia
- Geoff Shank, U.S. Marshal appointed by the Attorney General as Deputy Director of INTERPOL Washington and NSC Policy Committee member for Foreign Terrorist Fighters, Information Sharing and Counter-Terrorism
- Joel Zlotnick, Supervisory Physical Scientist, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Counterfeit Deterrence Laboratory
- James Chaparro, former Deputy Under Secretary, DHS Office of Intelligence and Director of the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center
- Albina Yakubova, Programme Manager, Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Transnational Threats and Border Security
- Peter Vincent, former General Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Director of International Affairs
- Andrea Choiniere, Senior Identity Intelligence Consultant specializing in cryptocurrencies and biometrics, Novetta Company, to classified federal government organizations
"As a leading provider of biometric and identity management solutions, 3M has worked in partnership with governments worldwide to secure borders and identify travelers," said Ramsey Billups, 3M federal systems business manager. "The issue of stemming the flow of terrorist travel in an era of increasing threats requires public-private partnerships to hone technology and travel documents. The BORDERPOL conference provides a unique opportunity to bolster these efforts going forward, and we are excited to be involved."
Janice Kephart, North America BORDERPOL Director and former 9/11 Commission border counsel responsible for organizing the meeting, conveyed the urgency of bringing top talent within the international community together: "This meeting is unprecedented, and of high need. BORDERPOL is committed to addressing the critical need of curtailing terrorist travel."
This event is coordinated by the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a non-profit association promoting responsible policy, education and implementation of solutions that protect and secure identity across private and public platforms. On June 1, 2015, SIBA announced its new Chairman, Troy Potter, Vice President of two sectors of L-3 National Security Solutions.
SOURCE Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA)
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