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DSS special agents serving as assistant regional security officer-investigators (ARSO-Is) are at the frontline of conducting transnational investigations and collaborative training with DSS international and foreign partners. These law enforcement officers work to protect U.S. national and border security before threats reach U.S. shores.

As it does each year, the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) punched above its weight in 2019 especially in the areas of overseas investigations and training.

Here is a snapshot of one of their cases in 2019:

Sex and labor trafficking are prevalent in India. However, as the State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report states, the government of India has been making significant efforts to eliminate trafficking in its country. Over the last year, the ARSO-I at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, organized a training and outreach program to combat transnational crimes such as human trafficking and smuggling that occur or originate from India. Recently, the ARSO-I team hosted a workshop for more than 250 Indian immigration officials that provided participants the knowledge and techniques to identify victims of human trafficking and/or smuggling and to demonstrate how criminal elements use fraudulent U.S. and Indian travel documents to facilitate their crimes. The ARSO-I team used detailed case studies of current and recent investigations originating from India that directly affect the United States to help participants gain a better understanding of the patterns and methods smuggling networks use. This type of training not only strengthens regional security, it impacts U.S. national and border security by deterring human smuggling and trafficking from its source, rather than waiting for crimes to occur within the United States. The ARSO-I team in Chennai continues to work with its Indian partners to combat these and other transnational crimes.


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