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Visa Security Program Visa Security Investigations Course Combatting Terrorism Seminar


Visa Security Program Visa Security Investigations Course Combatting Terrorism Seminar

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Abstract: 

Funded by the Homeland Security Investigations Division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Visa Security Investigations Course Combatting Terrorism Seminar is a two-day training session in which START researchers provide terrorism-related research findings to DHS Homeland Security Investigators who deploy to U.S. Embassies abroad to work with the interagency Embassy team on counterterrorism investigations.

The training seminars feature empirical research on terrorism, based on START’s 13 years of unclassified, academic inquiry on the subject, and more than 160 completed and ongoing research projects. Drawing from the findings of those projects, the training seminars are created and led by START personnel.

While the training seminar focuses on providing homeland security investigators with an overview of terrorism and the nature of the terrorist threat in their regions of responsibility and worldwide, the longest block of instruction is dedicated to providing those investigators with cultural awareness training, which addresses topics such as cultural sensitivities, naming conventions and common social norms that inform interpersonal cross-cultural communication and are relevant to law enforcement-citizen encounters.

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July 2017 to March 2022