(June 19) Diplomatic Security Service: An Overview for Writers

The Writers Guild of America, East

Invites you to attend

RSVP REQUIRED (Writers Guild members only)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 9am-4pm

On June 19th, special agents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), the federal law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State, will present an overview of the work they do as the lead U.S. law enforcement organization abroad, tailored specifically for writers.

The program will feature:

  • Passport & visa fraud investigations. U.S. visas and passports are two of the most sought-after travel documents in the world, and DSS investigates human traffickers, drug smugglers, terrorists and other criminals in the U.S. and overseas who use falsified U.S. visas and passports to carry out their illicit activities. DSS special agents will give you a closer look at two major cases involving sex trafficking and forced labor.
  • Fugitive returns. They can run, but they can’t hide. Fugitives often flee to countries where they think the U.S. can’t go…but DSS is there. The DSS chief of Overseas Criminal Investigations will discuss how DSS, with personnel in more than 275 locations around the world, has worked with international and U.S. law enforcement partners to track down hundreds of U.S. fugitives and return them to the U.S. to face justice.
  • Embassy security. The State Department has embassies and consulates all over the world. What happens when an emergency arises? DSS shifts into action. Whether it’s just another day at work or there are violent protestors at the gates, DSS Regional Security Officers are responsible for keeping U.S. facilities, personnel, and information safe. Hear from a DSS special agent who’s been there.
  • Mobile Security Deployments teams. When the State Department dials 911, MSD responds. The leader of these teams of highly trained DSS special agents will discuss how they deploy anywhere in the world within hours of notification to augment security and train their local counterparts.
  • Protective detail. No, that’s not the Secret Service protecting the Secretary of State, those are DSS special agents. Meet the DSS Acting Director of Protection and learn more about how DSS protects visiting dignitaries, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, and the Secretary of State.

NOTE: This event is for informational purposes only. No reporting or social media of this event is permitted.


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