U.S. Chamber of Commerce Holds ‘Countering Human Trafficking’ Event

Representatives from the transportation, hospitality, and technology sectors convened at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss how their industries were working to combat human trafficking. In her opening keynote, Ambassador Catherine Todd Bailey, Chair of the Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking, discussed how human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise globally. … Read more

Al Gina speaks at Wilson Center U.S.-Mexico Institute on Port Modernization

Allen Gina: “It was a pleasure to speak at the Wilson Center U.S.-Mexico Institute today on Port Modernization with other great panelists from Mexico SAT, the Border Trade Alliance, and KCS Railroad, which is taking innovative measures to make cross-border trade enhancements in Laredo. Increasing processing speeds at the border does not have to be … Read more

Border Security Expo Unites Key Decision Makers with Security Technology Vendors

The Border Security Expo held each year in San Antonio, Texas, gives public and private sector officials the opportunity to discuss emerging threats and trends in the border security mission space. Key officials across local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are invited to discuss both current and future challenges their agencies face  relating to … Read more

Al Gina Talks NAFTA with Trade Officials at Annual U.S./Canada Border Conference

The annual U.S./ Canada Border Conference, held in Detroit on September 20-21, convenes current and former senior officials from U.S. and Canadian border agencies to discuss issues impacting the two countries’ cross-border relationship. The conference was established soon after the 2011 U.S. and Canada joint “Beyond the Border” declaration as a forum to advance the … Read more

‘AVATAR’ Technology Utilizes Artificial Intelligence to Interview Border Crossers

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), developed at the University of Arizona’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), has been undergoing tests  with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Prior to the recent tests with CBSA, AVATAR had been tested at a U.S.-Mexico SENTRI lane in Nogales, Arizona in 2011 and in … Read more

New ‘Global’ Trusted Traveler Concept Could Increase Efficiency, but Raises Questions on Technology and Sovereignty

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, last month Accenture, in collaboration with the WEF, the Canadian and Dutch governments and other stakeholder groups introduced The Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI). KTDI “aims to build an encrypted, biometrically-protected profile that air travellers can show at border checks to demonstrate that they are a low risk … Read more

Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement Conference Gathers Stakeholders from Around the World to Discuss Best Practices

The Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement Conference was held from July 26th -28th, 2017, just outside Washington D.C.  The Conference is held every few months in DC and other parts of the country.  This particular 3-day event included the perspective of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), while also focusing more closely on the … Read more

Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute holds forum on “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border”

On June 14, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute brought together public and private sector officials to discuss enhancing and improving operations at the U.S.-Mexico border. Prominent government officials from both countries were present including: Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, former CBP Commissioner, Alan Bersin, … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Discusses Biometric Screening at Airport Checkpoints with The Voyage Report

Over the past year there has been an expanded use of biometric passenger screening tools by private airlines, airports, and Department of Homeland Security agencies aimed at making the air travel process more secure and efficient. One of the latest is an effort by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate the use fingerprint scanners … Read more