Building Border Security Capacity In Southeast Asia:
INTERPOL Washington’s Project TERMINUS
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, INTERPOL Washington, the United States National Central Bureau (USNCB), has implemented a new web-based platform designed to promote awareness of, and participation in, Project TERMINUS among law enforcement and border security authorities in the Southeast Asian Region.
Developed by the USNCB and funded by the State Department, Project TERMINUS makes expert technical assistance available to countries seeking to integrate access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents Database (SLTD) into their national border security information sharing systems to help screen against the illicit international travel of transnational criminals and terrorists.
Originally to have been presented by the USNCB during the 2020 Southeast Asian Workshop on Border Security and Law Enforcement Cooperation – which was cancelled due to the global pandemic – the U.S. content has instead been made available to participating border security authorities via a controlled access website comprised of a series of videos that provide technical and programmatic information about the TERMINUS initiative. Each video is supported by a written transcript of the speakers’ remarks, to assist partner countries in translating the content.
Featured speakers include USNCB Director Uttam Dhillon and Mr. Sam Pineda, Director of Programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism. “INTERPOL Washington is pleased to continue this important collaboration with our State Department partners. This whole-of-government approach to providing assistance to Southeast Asian and African nations will contribute to the overall U.S. effort to thwart the international travel of transnational criminals,” said Dhillon.
Since 2017, U.S. capacity building efforts in the Southeast Asian region conducted under Project TERMINUS and its predecessor programs have resulted in:
- More than 70 million international passengers being screened against INTERPOL data.
- More than 680,000 identity and travel documents being automatically uploaded into INTERPOL’s SLTD database, using a computer application developed by the USNCB, and
- More than 50 air, land, and sea-port facilities now actively screening all inbound and outbound international passengers against INTERPOL’s databases.
The TERMINUS web site also provides information regarding the USNCB’s recent collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), in which the USNCB-developed WISDM Uploader was installed remotely by the USNCB, enabling NIS to automatically upload more than 147,000 records of stolen and lost Nigerian travel and identity documents into the SLTD system in less than two hours.
The Project TERMINUS overview video is available here. The transcript of the video is here: project_terminus_opening_video_transcript.pdf
A component of the U.S. Department of Justice, INTERPOL Washington, the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), is the designated United States representative to INTERPOL on behalf of the Attorney General. It serves as the national point of contact and coordination for all INTERPOL matters, coordinating international investigative efforts among member countries and the more than 18,000 local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies.