Cultural Antiquities Task Force Conducts Law Enforcement Workshops in Greece and Qatar


To prevent illegal trafficking and prevent the effects of climate change on cultural heritage, the Department of State led by the Cultural Antiquities Task Force (CATF) trained foreign law enforcement officials in two workshops that will be held in September 2022 in Greece and Qatar.

Building on recent successful workshops in Cyprus, CATF sponsored a three-day workshop in Athens on protecting cultural heritage from climate change and illegal trade. The workshop was organized by the International Council of Museums and included CATF instructors from the Department of State, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection, and additional meteorologists from Smithsonian Institution and the US private sector. This course provided call the action by the President’s Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry for the United States and Greece to work together to fight the climate crisis and protect cultural heritage.

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To prevent illegal trafficking and prevent the effects of climate change on cultural heritage, the Department of State led by the Cultural Antiquities Task Force (CATF) trained foreign law enforcement officials in two workshops that will be held in September 2022 in Greece and Qatar.

Building on recent successful workshops in Cyprus, CATF sponsored a three-day workshop in Athens on protecting cultural heritage from climate change and illegal trade. The workshop was organized by the International Council of Museums and included CATF instructors from the Department of State, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection, and additional meteorologists from Smithsonian Institution and the US private sector. This course provided call the action by the President’s Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry for the United States and Greece to work together to fight the climate crisis and protect cultural heritage.

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In Doha, the National Library of Qatar held regional workshops on combating the theft of cultural property including documentary heritage such as ancient manuscripts. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the US Embassy, ​​the Ministry of Culture, the embassies of France and Italy, and Qatari stakeholders. CATF members from the United States Department of Justice, Homeland Security Investigations, and the FBI presented their work to disrupt the trafficking of international cultural property in the United States. The course also covers relevant international laws, law enforcement practices and strategies, market practices for the sale of cultural goods, and the role of courts in restitution and restitution.

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In the coming months, CATF will offer more one-on-one training sessions in Latin America and Southeast Asia. CATF is a law enforcement body focused on the Cultural Heritage Coordinating Committee. Both are managed by the National Institute of Cultural Heritage.



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