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CABLE Gram Volume 2 Issue 2

10 January 2005 CABLE Gram™

Good Morning All,

The Current Update:

FEDERAL
1. Deadly Leak Underscores Concerns About Rail Safety (New York Times, 9 Jan 2005)
2. Tank car structure raised safety flags among authorities - FBI has warned that al-Qaida
might use trains in the next attack (New York Times, 9 Jan 2005)
3. U.S. wants to let arsonists drive gas, hazardous-cargo trucks (by Lance Gay, Scripps
Howard News Service, 8 Jan 2005)
4. United States Extends Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans - Extension is
intended to help nation recover from earthquakes (Dept. of State, 7 Jan 2005)
5. US takes fight against copyright piracy in Asia to its source (Channel NewsAsia, 9 Jan
2005)
6. Marshals Tackle 'the Worst of the Worst' - Capital Area Fugitive Task Force Made
1,955 Felony Arrests With Other Agencies in '04 (by Avis Thomas-Lester, Washington
Post Staff Writer, 8 Jan 2005)

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS
7. AZ: Pima County man indicted in identity theft ring case (AP, 9 Jan 2005)
8. ID: Counterfeit $100's Making their way Through Parts of Idaho (KIDKTV.com, 7 Jan
2005)
9. IN: Bioterrorism exercise will top group's agenda (Palladium-Item, 9 Jan 2005)
10. KY: Chlorine fears renewed (Courier Journal, 8 Jan 2005)
11. MA: Four Indicted for Arson And Extortion, Reports U.S. Attorney (PRNewswire, 7
Jan 2005)
12. NC: Hazmat training keeps crews prepared (News 14 Carolina, 9 Jan 2005)
13. NC: Fraud unit prioritizes identity theft cases (News 14 Carolina, 8 Jan 2005)
14. OR: E-Board sets aside money for gang enforcement, Measure 37 (AP, 9 Jan 2005)
15. PA: Report: Widespread problems exist with cameras at Philly airport (AP, 7 Jan
2005)
16. SC: Thousands Evacuated After Crash of U.S. Chemicals Train (Reuters, 7 Jan 2005)
17. SC: Graniteville toll rises to 9 (The State.com, 9 Jan 2005)
18. TX: Audit Cites Improper Use Of Millions In Homeland Security Funds (AP, 9 Jan
2005)
19. VA: Teams ready for hazards (Times-Dispatch, 7 Jan 2005)

GANG ACTIVITY
20. Hub ‘should be worried’: U.S. rep: MS-13 gang is true terror threat (Boston Herald,
by Michele McPhee, 7 Jan 2005)
21. Senate bill would fund fight against gangs - Law enforcement applauds measure;
others are skeptical (Ventura County Star, 9 Jan 2005)
22. CO: Prison gang built network of violence and intimidation (Denver Post, 9 Jan 2005)
23. IL: Gang-banger pleads guilty to kidnapping drug dealers (Chicago Sun-Times, 8 Jan
2005)
24. MA: Eastie loiter law targets Qaeda-linked MS-13 gang (Boston Herald, 8 Jan 2005)
25. NC: Gang Unit A Success In Charlotte
26. VA: Norfolk Gang Squad charges four high school students (The Virginian-Pilot, 7
Jan 2005)
27. VA: police to share $3 million anti-gang fund (Washington Times, 7 Jan 2005)
28. Mexico: Gang members convicted in murders of 12 women (AP, 8 Jan 2005)
NARCO TRAFFICKING
29. Honduras alleges assassination plot (AP, 9 Jan 2005)

CYBERTHREAT & THEFT
30. House homeland security panel to cover cybersecurity (GCN, by Wilson P. Dizard
III, 7 Jan 2005)
31. House Again Shoots For Spyware Law (TechWeb News, 7 Jan 2005)
32. Netizens eye Web-enabled surveillance cams (Contributed by Rick Forno, article by
Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus, 7 Jan 2005)

KEY PEOPLE
33. Head of government smuggling crackdown quits after seven months (The Arizona
Republic, 7 Jan 2005)
34. CT: Two Homeland Security Officials Transferred (AP, 8 Jan 2005)
35. NJ: Jerramiah Healy's New Year's resolutions - Mayor targets gang crime, potholes,
and guns (Jersey City Reporter, 7 Jan 2005)

TECHNOLOGY
36. TSA: Tests going well for Secure Flight (AP, 7 Jan 2005)

RESOURCES
37. Homeland Security Offers Online Tool To Assess Stadium Security - The tool
identifies the strengths of existing security programs as well as areas in need of
improvement, letting authorities prioritize vital improvements to a stadium's security. (by
Eric Chabrow, InformationWeek, 7 Jan 2005)

EVENTS
38. 11-14 Apr 2005: 15th Annual CardTech/SecureTech Conference
39. 11-15 Apr 2005: AIAA 3rd Annual Missile Defense Conference
40. 17-20 Apr 2005: 12th Australian Tunnelling Conference 2005
41. 17-20 Apr 2005: ASIS International: European Security Conference
42. 20-22 Apr 2005: Fire-Rescue Med 2005

FULL REPORTS
43. Intelligence Reform and the Safety of America: Have We Succeeded? (by The
Honorable Saxby Chambliss, 7 Jan 2005)
44. Fact Sheet: U.S. assistance in combating sex trafficking (Dept. of State, 6 Jan 2005)

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FEDERAL

1. Deadly Leak Underscores Concerns About Rail Safety (New York Times, 9 Jan
2005)
Ten months ago, government safety officials warned that more than half of the nation's
60,000 pressurized rail tank cars did not meet industry standards, and they raised
questions about the safety of the rest of the fleet as well. Their worry, that the steel tanks
could rupture too easily in an accident, proved prophetic. Advertisement On Thursday, a
train crash in South Carolina caused a deadly release of chlorine: 9 people were killed, 58
were hospitalized and hundreds more sought treatment. The ninth body was found
yesterday, and thousands of people have been kept from their homes. Last summer, a
derailment in Texas caused a steel tank car to break open, spewing clouds of chlorine gas
that killed three people
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2. Tank car structure raised safety flags among authorities - FBI has warned that al-
Qaida might use trains in the next attack (New York Times, 9 Jan 2005)
Ten months ago, government safety officials warned that more than half of the nation's
60,000 pressurized rail tank cars did not meet industry standards, and they raised
questions about the safety of the rest of the fleet as well. Their worry, that the steel tanks
could rupture too easily in an accident, proved prophetic. On Thursday, a derailment in
South Carolina caused a catastrophic release of chlorine: Nine people died, 58 were
hospitalized and hundreds more sought treatment. Thousands of people within a mile of
the accident were driven from their homes. And last summer, a derailment in Texas
caused a steel tank car to break open, spewing clouds of poisonous chlorine gas that
killed three people. The exact causes of the accidents are under investigation. But the
devastation they have wrought shows why tank cars have become an increasing concern
not just to safety investigators but also to domestic security officials worried that
terrorists could turn tank cars into lethal weapons.
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http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2983986

3. U.S. wants to let arsonists drive gas, hazardous-cargo trucks (by Lance Gay,
Scripps Howard News Service, 8 Jan 2005)
The federal government wants to change its current rules to permit convicted arsonists to
get special licenses so they can drive gasoline tankers and trucks loaded with explosives
and hazardous materials. But murderers and convicted racketeers will no longer be
permitted to drive hazardous materials on the nation's interstates. "Arson is not always an
act of terrorism," the Transportation Security Administration declared in proposing the
new regulations, which would permit the agency to review on a case-by-case basis
whether convicted arsonists should get the special licenses allowing them to drive
gasoline trucks, or other vehicles carrying hazardous materials. Under the Patriot Act, the
TSA was directed to issue special federal certifications to the commercial licenses held
by truck drivers who haul hazardous chemicals, gasoline tankers and explosives. The
government plans to begin issuing the new licenses Jan. 31. It estimates that it will
receive more than 2 million applications.
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http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/207052_arson08.html

4. United States Extends Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans - Extension is
intended to help nation recover from earthquakes (Dept. of State, 7 Jan 2005)
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), a division of the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has announced an 18-month extension of
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible citizens of El Salvador, according to a
DHS press release issued January 6. The TPS extension will allow approximately
248,282 Salvadorans to continue living and working in the United States until September
9, 2006. The extension is part of the Bush administration's effort to assist El Salvador in
its recovery from devastating earthquakes that occurred in 2001, the DHS said. Following
is the text of the DHS press release, with further details:
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http://makeashorterlink.com/?O4333233A

5. US takes fight against copyright piracy in Asia to its source (Channel NewsAsia, 9
Jan 2005)
WASHINGTON : American businesses, losing a whopping 250 billion dollars a year to
copyright piracy, are taking the fight against counterfeit goods in Asia to the sources of
production, with China at the frontline of the onslaught. "This is getting to be a very
serious matter," said Thomas Donohue, the president of the US Chamber of Commerce,
which has unveiled an "unprecedented" global initiative to combat the crime in 2005. The
problem, he said, had become so serious that in China one may not be able to
differentiate between a car produced by the world's biggest automaker General Motors
and its fake.
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http://makeashorterlink.com/?T2435233A

6. Marshals Tackle 'the Worst of the Worst' - Capital Area Fugitive Task Force
Made 1,955 Felony Arrests With Other Agencies in '04 (by Avis Thomas-Lester,
Washington Post Staff Writer, 8 Jan 2005)
Greenbelt police knew their murder suspect had left Washington on a Greyhound bus
heading south, but they didn't know where he might end up. So detectives contacted a
regional task force, directed by the U.S. Marshals Service, to track him down. The task
force quickly kicked into gear, mobilizing a nationwide web of police investigators
trained in searching for fugitives. They traced Kevin M. Tinsley Sr., 38, via his cell
phone as he rode the bus across the South, keeping in touch with acquaintances back
home. Three days after the task force was called in, deputy marshals found him huddled
in the back room of a Houston homeless shelter, officials said. "I'm the one you're
looking for," Tinsley said, standing up as authorities approached, officials said. Tinsley
awaits a preliminary hearing in Prince George's County next week on charges in the
stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend, Doreen M. McClendon, 38. His capture last
month was among a series of high-profile arrests for the Capital Area Regional Fugitive
Task Force, one of five across the country that hunt down the nation's most wanted
fugitives. The capital area group was at work again this week when it apprehended Frank
Vargo, 40, who was convicted in November of robbing and murdering a D.C. cabdriver.
Vargo, found in a Miami hotel, had been mistakenly released from the D.C. jail last
month. "We are looking for the worst of the worst," said James Werking, supervisor of
the task force, which formed in October 2003. "Whenever the community has an urgent
need for a particular suspect or a fugitive in a case or a crime spree who poses immediate
danger, we pool our resources and make those cases a priority." Congress mandated the
multi-agency approach in 2000 legislation, setting up groups in New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago and Atlanta, as well as Washington.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57949-2005Jan7.html?sub=AR

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS

7. AZ: Pima County man indicted in identity theft ring case (AP, 9 Jan 2005)
TUCSON - A federal grand jury indicted a Pima County man in an identity theft ring that
victimized as many as 250 people. John Mathew Kelley, 30, was indicted Wednesday in
U.S. District Court in Tucson. The thefts involved between 50 and 250 victims, with
losses between $70,000 and $120,000, according to the indictment. Kelley faces two
counts of stealing mail or trying to obtain stolen mail.
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http://www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=101429

8. ID: Counterfeit $100's Making their way Through Parts of Idaho (KIDKTV.com,
7 Jan 2005)
Blackfoot, Idaho - More than 15-hundred dollars in counterfeit bills have been passed in
Bingham and Bonneville counties. Investigators say four were discovered at the
Blackfoot Walmart and twelve in Idaho Falls. Blackfoot Police Captain, Kurt Asmus,
explains. "There's quite a rash going through our area right now. What we're
recommending is if you're not sure, you can always call the police department and we'd
be happy to come down, take a look and maybe help you narrow down whether its a good
bill or not. These bills, they feel real. To somebody that's not looking with any amount of
time, they're gonna get passed."
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9. IN: Bioterrorism exercise will top group's agenda (Palladium-Item, 9 Jan 2005)
LIBERTY, Ind. - The Union County Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold a
special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the courthouse. The council lacked a quorum
at its regular meeting Jan. 3. A representative of the Titan Corp. will explain the process
to hold a bioterrorism tabletop exercise that's required as part of the county's bioterrorism
preparedness.
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10. KY: Chlorine fears renewed (Courier Journal, 8 Jan 2005)
The chlorine rail car accident that has killed at least eight people and caused 5,400
residents to be evacuated in South Carolina is the type of disaster some people for years
have feared could happen in Louisville. They have complained that some schools, such as
Kennedy Montessori Elementary in western Louisville, are too close to rail yards that
could house tank cars of chlorine and other hazardous chemicals. And they have asked
city officials to play a greater role in making sure that rail transportation is safer and more
secure — especially in the aftermath of the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2005/01/08ky/B1-chlorine0108-8777.html

11. MA: Four Indicted for Arson And Extortion, Reports U.S. Attorney
(PRNewswire, 7 Jan 2005)
BOSTON - Four Massachusetts residents were arrested last night on federal charges
relating to an arson fire set at a sports bar in North Reading in November of 2003. United
States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W.
Blodgett; Colonel Thomas G. Robbins, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police;
Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration; Joseph A. Galasso, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Internal Revenue
Service, Criminal Investigation; and William J. Hoover, Special Agent in Charge of the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, announced the unsealing of a
five-count indictment charging four individuals with Conspiracy, Arson, Conspiracy to
Commit Extortion, Attempted Extortion, and Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering.
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http://press.arrivenet.com/bus/article.php/555195.html

12. NC: Hazmat training keeps crews prepared (News 14 Carolina, 9 Jan 2005)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte's hazardous materials crews are keeping an eye on the
chlorine cleanup in South Carolina. Eight people were killed and more than 250 sickened
Thursday when a train hauling chlorine crashed in Graniteville, sending a toxic yellow
cloud into the air. Thousands were evacuated from their homes and crews continue to
work around the clock to clean up the mess. A similar situation can happen anywhere,
which is why Charlotte's hazmat team is constantly training. They spend countless hours
performing hands-on practice and brushing up on their chemistry. The Charlotte Fire
Department says it has some of the best equipment available to deal with hazardous
materials.
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http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/local_news/?ArID=83616&SecID=2

13. NC: Fraud unit prioritizes identity theft cases (News 14 Carolina, 8 Jan 2005)
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - It's a growing crime across the nation: fraud. And
law enforcement fraud units are carrying heavy caseloads. Seven investigators, 25
working cases each month, 75 open cases each month- working fraud is more than a full
time job. Lieutenant Gene Hallouck with the Fayetteville police fraud unit said, “When
you travel to different banks, you travel to different stores, you run across different
victims. So, what started with one victim balloons or mushrooms and ends with 25 to 30
victims."
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http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=61867&SecID=2

14. OR: E-Board sets aside money for gang enforcement, Measure 37 (AP, 9 Jan
2005)
SALEM - The Legislative Emergency Board has set aside some money for anti-gang
programs and for processing claims made under Oregon's new property compensation
law. The Emergency Board decides on spending matters between legislative sessions. A
new session begins next week, so the E-Board met for the last time this biennium last
week. The panel started a year and a half ago with $96 million. By this week, they had
only $10 million left to pass on. Two million dollars will go toward beefing up gang
enforcement units in Portland and Salem. Lawmakers also spent a half million dollars on
Ballot Measure 37.
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15. PA: Report: Widespread problems exist with cameras at Philly airport (AP, 7
Jan 2005)
PHILADELPHIA - More than 100 security cameras at Philadelphia International Airport
are providing fuzzy images, are pointed in the wrong direction or are otherwise
malfunctioning, according to a published report. A September 2004 list obtained by the
Philadelphia Daily News indicated that 231 of the airport's approximately 900 cameras
were not working. A more recent list showed that 119 cameras were out of commission,
the newspaper reported Friday. Airport officials, however, denied that the number of
cameras off-line was ever that high, or that there were significant mechanical problems.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2005-01-07-philly-security_x.htm

16. SC: Thousands Evacuated After Crash of U.S. Chemicals Train (Reuters, 7 Jan
2005)
MIAMI - Emergency crews on Friday worked to plug a chlorine leak from a tanker car
damaged in a South Carolina rail accident in which eight people died and more than 300
were injured. Several thousand people who were evacuated because of dangerous fumes
from Thursday's collision at a rail siding were still barred from returning home.
Authorities said a train operated by Norfolk Southern Corp. missed a switch and rammed
into an idle locomotive operated by the same company in Graniteville, about 10 miles
northeast of Augusta, Georgia.
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http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7270572

17. SC: Graniteville toll rises to 9 (The State.com, 9 Jan 2005)
With a nuclear facility, railways, mills and factories nearby, Aiken County fire, police
and medical professionals have long prepared for the worst possible emergencies. That
planning became reality early Thursday when a train crash released chlorine gas through
the town of Graniteville. The response, several experts said, went smoothly. But it also
might be a best-case scenario for emergency response in South Carolina.
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/10601719.htm

18. TX: Audit Cites Improper Use Of Millions In Homeland Security Funds (AP, 9
Jan 2005)
AUSTIN, Texas - An audit of the state's spending of nearly $600 million in federal
antiterrorism funds found that some of the money was spent improperly, including to buy
a trailer that was used to haul lawn mowers to ``lawn mower drag races.'' The state
auditor's office pointed out several cases in which poor monitoring by the Texas
Engineering Extension Service may have allowed abuse. One county bought 18 radios
and other communication equipment from a company owned by one of its county
commissioners, according to the report released Thursday. Another jurisdiction used a
trailer ostensibly bought as emergency equipment to haul lawn mowers to races, the
report says. State auditors have forwarded the case to their special investigation unit,
which handles fraud, abuse and other criminal allegations.
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19. VA: Teams ready for hazards (Times-Dispatch, 7 Jan 2005)
A disaster like the chlorine gas release from a train wreck in Graniteville, S.C., certainly
could happen in Virginia, state emergency official Brett Burdick said. "There's a fair
amount of chlorine that goes by railroad" through the state, where the chemical is used
for purposes ranging from sewage-treatment plants to industrial processes, said Burdick,
director of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's technological hazards
division. Once "the juice is out of the can," the best plan is just to get out of the
chemical's way. Officials have only three "grand strategies" for responding to a
hazardous materials incident, Burdick said.
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http://makeashorterlink.com/?Y3931233A

GANG ACTIVITY

20. Hub ‘should be worried’: U.S. rep: MS-13 gang is true terror threat (Boston
Herald, by Michele McPhee, 7 Jan 2005)
A Texas congressman said MS-13 gang members and Middle Eastern aliens are using the
border in his district to sneak into the country - and Boston should be worried. U.S. Rep.
Solomon P. Ortiz (D-Texas), co-chairman of the House Border Caucus, told the Herald
he is ``very concerned'' about al-Qaeda's link to Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a gang he
described as ``extremely vicious.'' The Herald reported this week that a chapter of MS-13
has taken control of a swath of East Boston, prompting Boston police to create a task
force to take down the violent, drug-dealing thugs. Last month, a Muslim man from
Bangledesh, Fakhrul Islam, was arrested alongside a reputed MS-13 gang member and 11
others after the group waded across the Rio Grande into Brownsville, Texas. The alleged
MS-13 member, Francky Sanchez-Solorzano, 21, was arrested and deported back to his
native Honduras within days of the Dec. 4 bust, Ortiz said. Islam's status in the country
remained unclear. Attorney General John Ashcroft has publicly said a high-ranking al-
Qaeda leader, Adnan El-Shukrijumah, has offered top dollar to infiltrate the United States
via the Mexican border.
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http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=62313

21. Senate bill would fund fight against gangs - Law enforcement applauds measure;
others are skeptical (Ventura County Star, 9 Jan 2005)
Local law enforcement and gang intervention programs might get more financial backing
over the next five years thanks to a bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate this
month. The Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act, co-sponsored by Sens.
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Orinn G. Hatch, R-Utah, would earmark $250 million for
intervention and prevention programs for at-risk youths. It would also allocate $250
million to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to enhance existing gang and
violent crime penalties and create swifter measures to prosecute juveniles who commit
serious acts of violence. An additional $150 million would go toward hiring local and
state prosecutors, technology and programs such as witness protection.
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22. CO: Prison gang built network of violence and intimidation (Denver Post, 9 Jan
2005)
An intelligence officer at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City shows a photo of
a 211 Crew member’s tattoo. The prison gang is unusual in that members must obey
orders even after they get out. The woman had been ripped off on a drug sale she made,
but she knew exactly what to do about it. She got hold of her incarcerated son, a member
of the 211 Crew prison gang, and told him to have the guy who didn't pay her for the
methamphetamine she'd sold him taken care of. With an elaborate network of gang
members inside and outside prison, that could easily be done.
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http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2643420,00.html

23. IL: Gang-banger pleads guilty to kidnapping drug dealers (Chicago Sun-Times,
8 Jan 2005)
The 11th and final gang member charged in a violent string of drug-related kidnappings,
robberies and torture -- including the 2001 abduction of actor Judd Hirsch's son --
pleaded guilty Friday. Daniel "Clown" Perez, 26, admitted in federal court he was part of
the "Carman Brothers Crew" that kidnapped and robbed drug dealers between 1997 and
2001. One kidnapping led to the 1997 slaying of Sindulfo Miranda, 56. Perez admitted
Friday he held Miranda down while others beat him to death with a broomstick. Four
other men unrelated to the crew were convicted of the murder only to be later exonerated.
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24. MA: Eastie loiter law targets Qaeda-linked MS-13 gang (Boston Herald, 8 Jan
2005)
An East Boston city councilman plans to submit a modified version of an anti-loitering
bill aimed squarely at sweeping MS-13 members out of Maverick Square. In November,
City Councilor Paul Scalpicchio proposed a bill that would make it illegal to congregate
in large numbers, but it was shot down. The proposal was modeled after a similiar
initiative passed in Somerville, where a trio of MS-13 gang members were charged with
raping two handicapped teens in a city park in 2002. Scalpicchio said the possibility that
MS-13 gang members could be linked to al-Qaeda members has prompted him to
reinvigorate his efforts. He is drafting a revised version of his original anti-loitering
proposal and presenting it to the City Council ``as soon as possible,'' Scalpicchio said
yesterday.
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http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=62469

25. NC: Gang Unit A Success In Charlotte
Charlotte, NC - Charlotte's new gang intelligence unit has helped decrease gang activity
in the city. The Gang of One unit has been in operation for nearly a year. Charlotte-
Mecklenburg police say the gang unit was especially successful in the Latino community.
Gang-related murders in the community are down more than 60 percent from 2003 to
2004. Overall gang-related murders dropped from 8 in 2003 to 1 in 2004. If you see gang
activity and want to report you can call the gang of one hotline. The number is (704) 432-
GANG.

26. VA: Norfolk Gang Squad charges four high school students (The Virginian-
Pilot, 7 Jan 2005)
NORFOLK - The teenagers called themselves “Crips” and used hand signals and gang
lingo on a school bus. They asked a young man if he wanted to join the gang. He didn’t.
He paid a price. When he got off the bus last month, four 16-year-old fellow students
knocked him to the ground and stomped on him, leaving him with a cut lip and bruises on
his face and head, court documents say. The Norfolk police Gang Squad recently charged
four Booker T. Washington High School students with mob assault, gang recruitment and
being members of a street gang. At least some of the arrests were made at the school,
where two of the students had blue bandanas – a Crip signature, court documents say.
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27. VA: police to share $3 million anti-gang fund (Washington Times, 7 Jan 2005)
Virginia Gov. Mark Warner yesterday announced that police departments in 22 state
jurisdictions — including Fairfax County — will share $3 million in federal anti-gang
funds. "The problem of gangs is an issue in communities large and small, and one that
requires the participation of law enforcement, government and community organizations
at every level," he said. The governor's announcement came one day after Fairfax County
police reported that a 24-year-old Fairfax man was seriously wounded by machete-
wielding gang members Monday night. The man lost three fingers, had deep wounds to
his back and head, and was in serious condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
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28. Mexico: Gang members convicted in murders of 12 women (AP, 8 Jan 2005)
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Ten alleged gang members were convicted Thursday in the
killings of 12 women, some of the hundreds who have been found slain in this border city
in recent years. Four bus drivers, all thought to be loyal to a criminal gang known as ''Los
Toltecas,'' were sentenced to 40 to 113 years in prison for premeditated homicide,
aggravated rape and criminal association in the slayings of six Ciudad Juarez women. In
a verdict delivered by a different judge, six members of another gang, ''Los Rebeldes,''
received 24 to 40 years in prison for similar convictions in the deaths of six other women,
said Rene Medrano, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office in Chihuahua,
which includes Juarez. The Los Toltecas members were arrested in 1999, after the
reputed leader of their group, Jesus Manuel Guardado, alias ''El Tolteca,'' was identified
by a 14-year-old girl as the man who sexually assaulted and tried to kill her.
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NARCO TRAFFICKING

29. Honduras alleges assassination plot (AP, 9 Jan 2005)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - A Nicaraguan man arrested in Honduras with a grenade
launcher and assault rifle is under investigation in connection with a possible plot to
assassinate Honduran President Ricardo Maduro and other high-ranking government
officials, authorities said Sunday. Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez announced
in December that authorities had uncovered a plot by drug traffickers and other criminals
to assassinate Maduro and his family as well as himself.
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CYBERTHREAT & THEFT

30. House homeland security panel to cover cybersecurity (GCN, by Wilson P.
Dizard III, 7 Jan 2005)
The House Rules Committee referred a cybersecurity bill to the reorganized Homeland
Security Committee, in a move that partly straightened some tangled lines of authority in
the lower chamber. The Rules Committee’s decision confirmed the Homeland Security
Committee’s authority over cybersecurity issues, which congressional sources said had
been left partly unclear in the rule that established the new committee. Reps. Mac
Thornberry (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced HR 285 in the new 109th
Congress, in an effort to create the position of assistant secretary for cybersecurity in the
Homeland Security Department. The House passed similar legislation in the 108th
Congress, but the measure did not clear a House-Senate conference committee that
framed legislation reorganizing the intelligence community. Three committees have
authority over different aspects of cybersecurity, congressional sources said. The
homeland security panel oversees cybersecurity issues related to DHS, while the Energy
and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the Federal Trade Commission’s activity
in the area and the Government Reform Committee supervises other federal cybersecurity
issues.
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31. House Again Shoots For Spyware Law (TechWeb News, 7 Jan 2005)
Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) reintroduced her anti-spyware bill as the 109th Congress
convened earlier this week. Last year's edition of the bill made it through the House, but
was stymied by the Senate. Dubbed the "Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber
Trespass Act" (SPY ACT), Bono's bill would prohibit a wide range of spyware- and
adware-style activities, including keyboard logging, home page hijacking, and persistent
on-screen ads. SPY ACT would also forbid practices such as collecting information
without the user's consent or intentionally diverting a browser from its intended
destination, and requires software to offer up a "no thanks" dialog so installation can't be
done without consumers' knowledge. Programs must also have an easy-to-find uninstall
option. Violators could face civil fines up to $3 million.
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32. Netizens eye Web-enabled surveillance cams (Contributed by Rick Forno, article
by Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus, 7 Jan 2005)
Blogs and message forums buzzed this week with the discovery that a pair of simple
Google searches permits access to well over 1,000 unprotected surveillance cameras
around the world -- apparently without their owners' knowledge. Searching on certain
strings within a URL sniffs out networked cameras that have Web interfaces permitting
their owners to view them remotely, and even direct the cameras' motorized pan-and-tilt
mechanisms from the comfort of their own desktop.
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KEY PEOPLE
33. Head of government smuggling crackdown quits after seven months (The
Arizona Republic, 7 Jan 2005)
The federal agent in charge of an aggressive effort by the U.S. government to crack down
on immigrant smuggling organizations and reduce smuggling-related violence in Arizona
is leaving after just seven months on the job. Michael Turner, 47, special agent in charge
of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Arizona, will become director of
enforcement at another federal agency in Washington, D.C. He declined to name the
agency because the appointment is not final.
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http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0107Turn-ON.html

34. CT: Two Homeland Security Officials Transferred (AP, 8 Jan 2005)
Two top state homeland security officials have been reassigned as Gov. M. Jodi Rell
continues reshaping an agency that drew political criticism even as it received national
accolades. John Buturla, who served as interim commissioner during the agency's
transition, has been sent back to the state police, where he will oversee operations at the
forensic lab. "It's not for political reasons whatsoever. We're going to bring in a new
management team," said James M. "Skip" Thomas, whom Rell appointed last month to
lead the state's new homeland security agency. Homeland security efforts are being
blended with the state's emergency management operations into a new agency, the
Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, which is beginning to
take shape.
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35. NJ: Jerramiah Healy's New Year's resolutions - Mayor targets gang crime,
potholes, and guns (Jersey City Reporter, 7 Jan 2005)
If you are Jerramiah Healy, the new mayor of the second largest city in the state - with
only four months until another election in May - there is a bit of urgency in carrying out
your goals. Healy became mayor of Jersey City after winning in the special election in
November that was held to fill the remaining months of the late mayor Glenn D.
Cunningham, who died last May from a massive heart attack. An election will be held
this May to elect a mayor for a full four-year term. So far, former Councilwoman Melissa
Holloway also has announced her candidacy (see inside story). Last week, Healy sat
down with the Jersey City Reporter to discuss what he hopes to accomplish this year.
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TECHNOLOGY
36. TSA: Tests going well for Secure Flight (AP, 7 Jan 2005)
WASHINGTON - The government has begun testing a computerized screening system
that compares airline passengers' names with those on terrorist watch lists, a
Transportation Security Administration official said Thursday. Called "Secure Flight," it's
meant to replace a plan that never got to the testing stage because of criticism that it gave
the government access to too much personal information. Testing of Secure Flight began
November 30. No announcement was made; TSA spokesman Justin Oberman disclosed
its status when asked by The Associated Press.
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http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/01/07/passenger.screening.ap/index.html

RESOURCES

37. Homeland Security Offers Online Tool To Assess Stadium Security - The tool
identifies the strengths of existing security programs as well as areas in need of
improvement, letting authorities prioritize vital improvements to a stadium's
security. (by Eric Chabrow, InformationWeek, 7 Jan 2005)
Fashioned after online self-assessment tools used by authorities to assess vulnerabilities
at airports, the Department of Homeland Security on Friday unveiled software it
developed to let officials identify vulnerabilities and assess the security at stadiums with
large seating capacity.

The vulnerability self-assessment tool, which is accessible through a Web portal,
incorporates industry safety and security best practices for critical infrastructure to assist
in establishing a security baseline for each stadium. Once a baseline is established, the
tool identifies the strengths of existing security programs as well as areas in need of
improvement, letting authorities prioritize vital improvements to a stadium's security.

The new tool is designed for the more than 400 large-capacity stadiums that seat more
than 30,000 people. Later this year, the tool will be made available to operators of arenas,
convention centers, and performing arts centers. "Our goal is to encourage stadium
managers to integrate this tool into their standard planning process and use it throughout
the year," Frank Libutti, undersecretary of information analysis and infrastructure
Protection, said in a statement.

According to Homeland Security, the department will provide stadium general managers
with a password-protected Web address to access the tool, which it describes as easy to
use.
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EVENTS

38. 11-14 Apr 2005: 15th Annual CardTech/SecureTech Conference
Las Vegas, NV
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39. 11-15 Apr 2005: AIAA 3rd Annual Missile Defense Conference
Washington, DC
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40. 17-20 Apr 2005: 12th Australian Tunnelling Conference 2005
Brisbane, Australia
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http://www.tunnelling2005.com

41. 17-20 Apr 2005: ASIS International: European Security Conference
Copenhagen, Denmark
CABLE Gram Suggested URL:
http://www.asisonline.org/education/programs/noframe/copenhagen/default.html

42. 20-22 Apr 2005: Fire-Rescue Med 2005
Las Vegas, NV
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http://www.iafc.org/conferences/frm/index.asp

FULL REPORTS

43. Intelligence Reform and the Safety of America: Have We Succeeded? (by The
Honorable Saxby Chambliss, 7 Jan 2005)
First, let me thank Helle Dale and John Hulsman for their kind invitation to share my
thoughts on intelligence reform with such a distinguished audience. It is indeed a pleasure
to be associated the Heritage Foundation. For over thirty years this institution has
remained true to its original purpose of formulating and promoting conservative public
policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual
freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. The Heritage
Foundation certainly has earned the reputation for being one of the premier think tanks in
our nation’s capital.

Just three weeks ago, President Bush signed into law the most sweeping intelligence
reform legislation since the National Security Act of 1947. The centerpiece of this
intelligence reform is the creation of a new position to lead our intelligence community
called the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The DNI will not head any single
agency, as was the case when the 1947 National Security Act created the Central
Intelligence Agency and dual-hatted the Director as the chief intelligence officer of the
U.S. as well as running the CIA. Another positive aspect to the legislation is the creation
of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) that will conduct strategic operational
planning for joint counterintelligence operations.

Creating the DNI and the NCTC were extremely important decisions. However, they only
mark the beginning of a long process, not the end. Today, I would like to address several
issues and questions relative to the intelligence reform legislation.
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44. Fact Sheet: U.S. assistance in combating sex trafficking (Dept. of State, 6 Jan
2005)
The following fact sheet on U.S. efforts to combat sex trafficking was compiled from
U.S. government sources:

(begin fact sheet)

U.S. Department of State
International Information Programs

Washington, D.C.

January 6, 2005

FACT SHEET: SEX TRAFFICKING, THE UNITED STATES, AND EUROPE

Every nation that fights human trafficking has a friend in the United States.

-- President Bush, July 16, 2004
Trafficking in human beings - often called modern day slavery - involves forced labor,
most often of men, women and children in the commercial sex industry as prostitutes, but
it can also involve forced labor in factories, fields, restaurants and homes. Traffickers
prey on the ignorance or aspirations of people living in war-torn areas or in despair or
poverty, often promising them a legitimate job opportunity. Once under the trafficker's
control, the victim is then coerced or misled into work beyond legal protection.

Prostitution and related activities fuel the growth of trafficking by providing a facade
behind which criminals can exploit the vulnerable. It is a vicious myth that women and
children who work as prostitutes have voluntarily chosen such a life for themselves. A
2003 study first published in the scientific Journal of Trauma Practice found that 89
percent of women in prostitution want to escape. And children are also trapped in
prostitution - despite the fact that international covenants and protocols impose upon state
parties an obligation to criminalize the commercial sexual exploitation of children. For
more information on the link between prostitution and sex trafficking, see

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/38790.htm

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates that 600,000-800,000 people are
trafficked globally across international borders, while millions more are trafficked within
countries. Trafficking provides organized crime with annual profits in the range of $8-10
billion (Ashcroft, July 16, 2004).

DOJ estimated in June 2004 that 14,500-17,500 people were being trafficked into the
United States annually:

3,500-5,500 from Europe and Eurasia

3,500-5,500 from Latin America

5,000-7,000 from East Asia and the Pacific

200-700 from Africa

200- 600 from South Asia

0- 200 from the Near East
Age, Sex and Type of Exploitation - All Regions (DOJ):

33 percent Women - forced or coerced commercial sex

23 percent Girls (under 18) - forced or coerced commercial sex

14 percent Women - other forms of exploitation

11 percent Girls (under 18) - other forms of exploitation

10 percent Boys (under 18) - forced or coerced commercial sex

6 percent Boys (under 18) - other forms of exploitation

3 percent Men - other forms of exploitation

1 percent Men - forced or coerced commercial sex

TRAFFICKING BY REGION

Region of origin:

43 percent East Asia and the Pacific

29 percent Europe and Eurasia

17 percent Africa

5 percent Western Hemisphere

5 percent South Asia

less than 1 percent Near East

Region of Destination:

40 percent East Asia and the Pacific

36 percent Europe and Eurasia
8 percent Near East

6 percent Africa

6 percent Western Hemisphere

4 percent South Asia

WHAT THE UNITED STATES IS DOING TO COMBAT TRAFFICKING

The Trafficking in Persons Protocol:

In January 1999, the United States and Argentina proposed the first international protocol
to require governments to criminalize trafficking in persons and to provide a framework
for enhanced protection of, and assistance to, victims. The Trafficking in Persons
Protocol, as it is called, entered into force in December 2003.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA):

The first federal law aimed specifically at trafficking, TVPA was signed into law on
October 28, 2000. TVPA sets harsh penalties for traffickers and allocates $95 million to
protect victims and penalize criminals. It requires the U.S. State Department to create
annually the "Trafficking in Persons Report" and rate each country's efforts according to
its government's efforts to combat trafficking. For a fact sheet on TVPA, see
http://www2.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/TVPA_2000.html

Interagency Task Force:

In February 2002, pursuant to the TVPA, President George W. Bush established a
Cabinet-level Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
This Task Force is chaired by the Secretary of State and includes the Attorney General,
the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of
Homeland Security, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Director of the Office of
Management and Budget, and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International
Development. The Task Force's responsibilities include coordination and implementation
of the Administration's anti-trafficking activities.

The State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons:
The TVPA also created the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
in Persons, which is headed by Ambassador John R. Miller. This office supported more
than 240 anti-trafficking programs in over 75 countries in fiscal year 2003. The types of
assistance include the following: economic alternative programs for vulnerable groups;
education programs; training for government officials and medical personnel;
development or improvement of anti-trafficking laws; provision of equipment for law
enforcement; establishment or renovation of shelters, crisis centers, or safe houses for
victims; support for voluntary and humane return and reintegration assistance for victims;
and support for psychological, legal, medical and counseling services for victims
provided by NGOs, international organizations and governments.

International Support:

Since 2001, the United States has provided more than $295 million to support anti-
trafficking programs in more than 120 countries, according to the White House. Funding
goes to governments and nongovernmental and international organizations to create
specialized law enforcement units; train prosecutors and judges; strengthen anti-
trafficking laws; provide emergency shelter and care for victims; offer voluntary
repatriation assistance; make available long-term rehabilitation assistance and vocational
training for victims; legal advocacy; psychological and medical assistance for victims;
and launch information campaigns.

The PROTECT Act:

In April 2003, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law The PROTECT Act,
which provides better tools for combating international sex tourism, commercial sexual
exploitation of children, and the federal offenses of child abuse, child kidnapping and
child torture. The PROTECT Act enables U.S. law enforcement to prosecute Americans
who travel abroad and sexually abuse children.

President Bush addresses UN General Assembly:

In September 2003, President Bush underscored his commitment to fight trafficking in a
speech to the General Assembly with a pledge of $50 million to support the work of anti-
trafficking organizations.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act:
In December 2003, Congress passed and President Bush signed the Trafficking Victims
Protection Reauthorization Act strengthening the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of
2000. The new legislation required better statistical monitoring; created a Special Watch
List in the State Department's annual report; made convicting and sentencing traffickers
as important as investigations when evaluating efforts of countries to combat trafficking;
provided new tools for addressing destination countries that may not be doing anything
about trafficking.

International Anti-trafficking Initiatives:

Under the leadership of the United States and Norway, NATO adopted a comprehensive
plan to help combat worldwide trafficking in persons in Istanbul in June 2004. NATO
personnel will support the efforts of authorities in host countries to combat trafficking
while working with non-governmental organizations and anti-trafficking experts.

In addition, the United States:

-- Vigorously enforces U.S. laws against all those who traffic in persons;

-- Strives to raise awareness at home and abroad about human trafficking and how it can
be eradicated;

-- Identifies, protects, and assists victims exploited by traffickers;

-- Reduces the vulnerability of individuals to trafficking through increased education,
economic opportunity, and protection and promotion of human rights; and

-- Employs diplomatic and foreign policy tools to encourage other nations, the United
Nations and other multilateral institutions to work together to draft and enforce laws
against trafficking and to hold accountable those engaged in it.

Cooperation with other countries has contributed to the prosecution around the world of
nearly 8,000 perpetrators of trafficking crimes, resulting in over 2,800 convictions,
according to the White House.

The United States does not deport victims. Under U.S. law victims have the right to stay
in the United States, either through "continued presence," which allows victims to stay
pending an outcome of a trial, or through a "T" visa, which allows them to stay for up to
three years and to thereafter apply for legal permanent status. T-visas and continued
presence had been granted to 584 victims as of July 2004.

For a fact sheet on certification for victims of trafficking see

http://www2.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/cert_victims.html

The United States is currently the only country that offers the possibility of permanent
residency to victims of trafficking.

THE TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT (TIP)

The best source to begin exploring the Trafficking in Persons Report is the "Introduction"
provided by the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
It is available at http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2004/34021.htm

This introduction details the human and social toll of trafficking, provides an overview of
the causes and effective strategies for combating trafficking, and then describes the 2004
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

The Tiers

Tier 1: Countries whose governments fully comply with the Trafficking Victims
Protection Act's minimum standards.

Tier 2: Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the act's minimum
standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with
those standards.

Tier 2 Watch List: Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the act's
minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into
compliance with those standards, and:

a. The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is
significantly increasing; or

b. There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of
trafficking in persons from the previous year; or
c. The determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring themselves into
compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take
additional future steps over the next year.

Tier 3: Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards
and are not making significant efforts to do so. Six European and Eurasian countries
moved up from Tier 3 status in the 2004 Trafficking Report: Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

WHAT IS THE UNITED STATES DOING ABOUT TRAFFICKING
SPECIFICALLY IN EUROPE?

Brief descriptions of the 105 anti-trafficking programs involving the U.S. Department of
State, USAID and/or the U.S. Department of Labor can be found at
http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/rpt/34182.htm

For example, the Department of State supports the Angel coalition, which assists NGOs
in Russia and is building an international hotline to improve investigations of trafficking
rings and to get more convictions in court.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that since 1995, more than 88,000 children have
been rescued, rehabilitated and/or protected from trafficking through the $125 million in
international projects it has funded to combat trafficking. 22,000 of these children have
been enrolled in education and training programs.

By working to increase compliance with labor laws, the Labor Department is helping to
ensure that vulnerable immigrants are treated fairly. It is U.S. policy that all workers are
entitled to full and fair compensation for their labor, regardless of their status.

In Eastern Europe, a Department of Labor-funded project created economic alternatives
and job training for at-risk women in seven major cities. That project has provided skills
training and job placement services to 20,000 women and young people of legal working
age, the age group most vulnerable to traffickers.

A DOL-funded project in the Balkans and Ukraine is helping children and young people
stay in school and learn marketable skills so they can find jobs when they reach the legal
working age, thereby strengthening national policies in those two countries regarding
trafficking.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is certifying trafficking
victims so they may qualify for the same assistance available to refugees. HHS is also
running a major public awareness campaign to alert victims in the U.S. - some of whom
are from Europe or Eurasia - that help is available through the hotline number 888-3737-
888.

The Department of Defense has implemented a zero-tolerance stand against any actions
by Defense personnel that contribute to human trafficking and is instituting a service-
wide mandatory training program.

The National Institute of Justice funded five trafficking studies that have been completed,
including a study of trafficking in women from Ukraine.

For a list of active research grants by the National Institute of Justice and selected U.S.
government agency research proposals with an international criminal justice component,
see:

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/international/grants.html

Public service announcements in the United States have been issued in Spanish, Russian,
and Polish to inform victims of their rights.

Following are more fact sheets on specific topics:

The Link Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/38790.htm

How Can I Recognize Trafficking Victims?

http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/fs/34563.htm

Best Shelter Practices by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs):

http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/30069.htm

To End Child Sex Tourism: Fighting Trafficking in Persons

http://www.state.gov/p/io/fs/2004/36409.htm
Child Victims of Human Trafficking (including how to recognize)
http://www2.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/children_victims.html

Citizen Action: How Can I Help End Modern-Day Slavery?

http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/fs/35011.htm

Facts About Human Trafficking

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/33109.htm

Certification for victims of Trafficking (T visas, etc.)

http://www2.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/cert_victims.html

Federal Efforts to Assist Victims of Trafficking

http://www2.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/fed_assist.html

Victim Assistance

http://www2.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/victim_assist.html

Operation Predator (targets sexual abusers of children)

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/07/20040707-10.html

Presidential Initiatives to Combat Trafficking

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/07/20040716-3.html

(end fact sheet)

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of
State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

				
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