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Recent Events

The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of New York is involved in a number of programs and projects in our community. Below are some of the most recent events.


 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

On January 28, 2016, in Hogansburg, New York, the U.S. Marshals Service and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police hosted a Working Group meeting on Indian Country/First Nations sex offender registration and cross-border sex offender management.  The meeting was attended by representatives of several Indian Nations of the Northeast United States, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), federal, state and tribal law enforcement, and federal, state and tribal sex offender registration officials of the United States, Canada and New York.  U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian’s Indian Country program played an integral role in developing the agenda and arranging the speakers. 

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Caption:  Some of the participants (from left): Sgt. Jean-Jacky (JJ) Hainey, Manager, Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Sex Offender Registration Programme; Insp. Brian Barclay, Behavioural Sciences & Analysis Section, Ontario Provincial Police; Supervisory Sgt. Shelley Tarnowski, Ontario Sex Offender Registry, Ontario Provincial Police; Lt. Daniel St. Louis, Surete Quebec/Quebec Provincial Police; Dennis O’Neil, Patrol Agent in Charge, U.S. Border Patrol, Swanton Sector; Sgt. Gaetan Ruest, Surete Quebec/Quebec Provincial Police; Special Agent Juan Adames, Homeland Security Investigations, Massena, N.Y.; Elizabeth (Betsy) Horsman, Assistant U.S. Attorney/Indian Country Liaison; Officer Roland Brule, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department; Yahya Fouz, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Justice SMART Office; Chief Inspector Rob Haase, Sex Offender Investigations Branch, U.S. Marshals Service; Joel Dowling, Legal Specialist, SMART Office; and Lt. Cody Thompson, Saint Regis Mohawk Police Department.

The Working Group discussed several public safety issues affecting sex offender management in Indian lands and along the United States-Canada border.  The U.S. Marshals Service is planning additional Indian Country Working Group meetings on this topic, the first having occurred in Bismarck, North Dakota, in May 2015, and the second in Hogansburg.  Several issues were raised during the Hogansburg meeting on which the tribal and international parties will continue to collaborate, including sex offender travel into and out of Indian Country, and international sex offender travel.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office participated as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, U.S. Attorney Hartunian’s Indian Country public safety program, and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Common Ground Initiative, which identifies strategies to improve public safety in the cross-border Akwesasne Territory.   U.S. Attorney Hartunian is Vice Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC); Co-Chair of the Border and Immigration Subcommittee of the AGAC, in which he leads the Northern Border Working Group of the United States Attorneys; and a member of the AGAC Native American Issues Subcommittee. 

More information about sex offender registration in Indian Country can be found at www.smart.gov and www.smart.gov/indiancountry.htm.  More information about the Department of Justice’s Indian Country Programs can be found at www.justice.gov/usao/priority-areas/indian-country and http://www.justice.gov/trib.

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