Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, June 22, 2004

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Hyde Schedules Wednesday Hearing

on Security Threat from Stolen Passports


BACKGROUND: Growing links between terrorist activities and the use of stolen or fraudulent travel documents prompted INTERPOL in 2002 to create an international database of fraud cases to assist law enforcement efforts. Ministers of the Group of Eight (G-8) have endorsed this stolen travel documents database, and the United States has also announced its participation. A report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (An Evaluation of the Security Implications of the Visa Waiver Program) found that collection of data – both at home and abroad - on lost and stolen passports is not proactive, uniform, or disseminated in an organized manner. The lack of international standardization in passport numbering systems complicates the ability to identify people using stolen country passports worldwide.


WHAT: Committee on International Relations hearing: Stolen Passports:  A Terrorist’s First Class Ticket


WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2004


WHERE: Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building


WITNESSES: Clark Kent Ervin, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Frank Moss, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services, Bureau for Consular Services, U.S. Department of State; and James M. Sullivan, Director, U.S. National Central Bureau, INTERPOL Criminal Police Association, U.S. Department of Justice.


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