As a major port of entry, San Francisco can be a target for sex traffickers and other transnational organized crime syndicates.
This week, the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) San Francisco Field Office hosted the second Transnational Organized Crime Policing Conference. Deputy Assistant Secretary John Eustace addressed more than 100 law enforcement and judicial officials from nine partner nations, INTERPOL, and more than two dozen U.S. law enforcement agencies who came together to strengthen alliances and international partnerships to combat transnational and organized crime.
The principal investigative focus of the San Francisco Field Office — and the other 30 domestic DSS offices — is maintaining the integrity of U.S. passports and visas. Travel document fraud, however, is often connected to more nefarious transnational crimes like terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, and human trafficking. It was fitting the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office contacted the field office in early 2016 about the field office hosting the conference.
SFFO’s strong working relationships with foreign and domestic U.S. agencies, uniquely positioned the office to bring together these law enforcement partners to advance the fight against transnational and organized crime.