|State Dept Image/Aug 29, 2009 |
|Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo (left) shakes DS Special Agent Philippe Furstenberg’s hand (right) after awarding him the “Paraguayan National Police Medal of Merit” August 29, 2009 in Asuncion, Paraguay.|
In 1999, Furstenberg became a Special Agent for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Since then, he has been assigned to the Bureau’s Boston Field Office and the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka. Additionally, Furstenberg served in Washington, D.C. in the Criminal Fraud Investigations branch at DS Headquarters. In 2006 he became the DSS representative to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Currently, Furstenberg serves as the Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, where he manages all Embassy security programs and investigations on behalf of the U.S. Government. He is the Embassy’s primary police liaison official and runs the U.S. Government’s police-training programs in the country.
The “Paraguayan National Police Medal of Merit” is given to police officials and civilians who provide extraordinary assistance to the National Police.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. In 2008, DS participated in 2,487 arrests globally, primarily for passport and visa fraud, including 586 arrests overseas in cooperation with foreign police. Read more in the U.S. Department of State’s Visa and Passport Security Strategic Plan at: www.state.gov/m/ds/rls/rpt/79895.htm. Additional information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.