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Posted on on February 19th, 2008
by Pincas Jawetz (

IOM ( The International Organization for Migration ) Press Briefing Notes of Tuesday, February 19, 2008.

THE BAHAMAS – Strengthening Travel and Identity Document Examination – To complement the government of The Bahamas’ e-Passport, Visa, e-identification and Border control initiative, designed to efficiently manage entry and exit of passenger flows, IOM is hosting a series of workshops for law enforcement officials.

Officers from The Bahamas Immigration Department, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Customs and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force will gather today for the first of several training sessions taking place in Nassau, where IOM technical experts will be discussing ways to facilitate legitimate travel while developing the required expertise to identify and deter potential security risks, which might threaten national and regional security.

Nidia Casati, IOM Chief of Mission in the Dominican Republic, explains the importance of the workshops: “Over the last decades, the notion of security and the nature of security threats have broadened as challenges to both have become more complex. The current international climate and the increasing threat and mobility of international terrorism, has put state security concerns at the forefront of the discussion on the international movement of persons. With national economies depending on the brisk movement of tourism and trade, states need to ensure that their border security will not be compromised while facilitating legitimate travel.”

The sessions, basic and advanced (training of trainers) will focus on travel and identity document examination, detection of fraudulent documents, handling and securing evidence and detection of impostors, among other related topics.

The trainers will share their knowledge and expertise and provide training to enhance the participants’ ability to detect and prevent the use of fraudulent and counterfeit travel documents and strengthen overall security while facilitating legitimate transit and travel throughout the region.

The Bahamas, an archipelagic nation with a total land mass of 5,400 square miles spread out over an area of 100,000 square miles of ocean, faces a daunting challenge with respect to managing migration and securing its borders.

The training sessions will be conducted by IOM experts on travel document fraud in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP).

This IOM project is funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA).

For more information, please contact Niurka Piñeiro at IOM Washington, Tel: 1.202.862.1826 ext. 225, Email:  npineiro at

For additional information:

Office of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations Ÿ 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 1610, New York, NY 10168
Tel: 1(212) 681 7000 – Fax: 1(212) 867-5887 – E-mail:  unobserver at – Internet: or
Jean-Philippe Chauzy ŸTel: 41 22 717 9361 – Mobile: 41 79 285 4366 Ÿ E-mail:  pchauzy at
Jemini Pandya Ÿ Tel 41 22 717 9486 – Mobile : 41 79 217 3374 Ÿ E-mail :  jpandya at style=”text-align: center”>

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