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Strategic Goal 1

February 1, 2007


Defend the homeland and our foreign partners from terrorist attack through aggressive and coordinated international law enforcement action.

Image of Diplomatic Security Special Agent badge. Investigating and targeting criminals who generate and/or use fraudulent travel documents is the most effective means by which to disrupt terrorist mobility, human smuggling, and human trafficking. Such investigations require a coordinated international and domestic law enforcement effort to ensure that terrorists and criminal violators are investigated, arrested, and prosecuted wherever these transgressions occur. DS is uniquely positioned to accomplish this increasingly important dimension of U.S. counterterrorism activities and crime prevention.

Overseas, DS created a pilot project that assigned Special Agents to investigate visa and passport fraud at posts where high levels of fraudulent travel documents had been detected. These agents work with their host countries' law enforcement authorities to combat the production of fraudulent travel documents in order to disrupt terrorist travel. Since the pilot project's inception in 2004, the results have been promising: 1,045 arrests for document fraud and related offenses; 3,439 visa refusals and revocations; and 6,216 foreign law enforcement and security personnel trained.

In addition, DS has Special Agents assigned to Regional Security Offices (RSOs) at 165 U.S. diplomatic missions and consulates that have responsibility for an additional 104 constituent posts. Through the implementation of this Strategic Plan, DS will leverage this global network of international law enforcement partners to enhance its worldwide investigative capacity.

Domestically, DS Special Agents serve in field offices and resident offices in 25 cities across the country. DS Special Agents also participate in 26 Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) and 11 Document and Benefit Fraud Task Forces. DS's Global Pursuit Initiative assigns DS Special Agents to major international airports throughout the United States to assist the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in investigating visa and passport irregularities. In conjunction with DHS's ongoing Secure Border Initiative, these DS Special Agents contribute valuable investigative assistance. Since 2004, these DS Special Agents have arrested 2,149 individuals on passport and visa fraud charges and related offenses in the United States.

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Table of Contents

Mission Statement | Introductory Letter From Assistant Secretary Griffin | The Bureau of Diplomatic Security: A Brief History | Visa and Passport Fraud: An Overview | Introduction | Strategic Goal 1 | Strategic Goal 2 | Strategic Goal 3 | Conclusion | Appendix: Operation Triple X 

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