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INTERPOL’s Refugee Policy

In February 2015, INTERPOL disseminated among its national central bureaus (NCBs) a new policy regarding red notices and diffusions seeking detention of individuals with refugee status. According to the new policy, in...more

INTERPOL reform efforts on this side of the pond

Yesterday, I was fortunate to attend the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s briefing on the issue of allegations of INTERPOL Red Notice abuse.  The panelists included: Rebecca Shaeffer, Senior Legal and Policy Officer, Fair...more

INTERPOL and China’s Sky Net anti-corruption investigation- can INTERPOL support China’s anti-corruption efforts while still...

One of my favorite adages is one that defense attorneys use in closing arguments when the government’s case contains some evidence of guilt, and some evidence of illegal police conduct...more

INTERPOL and politically motivated Red Notices- what we can learn from INTERPOL’s annual reports

A reader recently posed some questions about INTERPOL’s dissemination of information, and those questions are answered in today’s post....more

INTERPOL can expect more politically motivated requests from Venezuela – this time with sights on Kimberly-Clark representatives

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has threatened to at least attempt to continue Venezuela’s abuse of INTERPOL’s Red Notice system. The paper product supplier Kimberly-Clark stopped production in Venezuela several weeks...more

INTERPOL and Russia- time for sanctions?

The Russian Federation is one of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, which means that it has the privilege of using INTERPOL’s databases to help it track down wanted suspects and convicts for prosecution and sentencing. Along...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Olympus to Pay $646 Million for Anti­Kickback and FCPA Violations - Early this month, Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) settled government investigations related to violations of the...more

TFTEA – CBP Organizational Structure

Among its many provisions, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (“TFTEA” or the “Act”), H.R. 644, formally establishes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) as a department within Homeland Security (“DHS”)....more

INTERPOL’s CCF: Movement toward transparency

Given the fact that I have done my share of complaining about the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files demonstrating a lack of transparency and the need for more disclosure about its decision-making process, it is...more

INTERPOL’s CCF shows that it needs imposed time limits for responses

A reader recently sent in the following question: I am a red notice subject. I made a request to CCF and received a reply confirmation that the request is admissible. This was more than 2 years ago and I haven’t...more

How the Terrorist Attacks in Paris Have Affected International Travel, and What is to Come

Many witnessed increased security over the holidays at airports, train stations and public venues. The planner of the Paris attacks boasted about the freedom of travel through Europe, and the attackers held nationalities of...more

INTERPOL and U.S. reject baseless charges against US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen

Clients often ask if a INTERPOL member country can request another Red Notice after it has been rejected or deleted already by INTERPOL. This concern arises when the Red Notice request is motivated by political concerns or...more

INTERPOL’s CCF- more meetings, more staff, and new policy all lead to quicker decisions

In the last post, I addressed the fact that it seems that some of the CCF’s decisions are being issued more quickly than they have been issued in the past. The CCF’s 2014 Annual Report sheds some light on the Commission’s...more

A refugee’s victory: INTERPOL’s new political refugee policy is already affecting lives for the better

“My life today is different.” These are the words of one of our clients, Mauricio Ochoa Urioste, whose life changed from one day to the next because he is no longer listed as a wanted person on INTERPOL’s Red Notice list....more

Toward ending dictators’ abuse of INTERPOL’s tools: Fair Trials brings “Demonizing Dissidents” to D.C.

I’m having the very pleasant experience of feeling a bit of fall weather this weekend, not because Miami has become unseasonably cool, but because I am in Washington, D.C. to attend an event hosted by Fair Trials,...more

INTERPOL’s CCF- How plain and clear responses will reduce the workload and increase transparency

Some of the best advice I ever received was from a professor who told my law school class to “knock off the legal mumbo-jumbo” and just speak plainly, so people can understand you.  When lawyers speak in legal-ese or in...more

US and China Expand Law Enforcement Cooperation

Global anti-corruption efforts continue to increase. For global companies, this trend makes compliance even more critical. One of the most significant aspects of this trend is the US government’s cooperation with China....more

INTERPOL’s announcement in the cases of Rafat Ali Rizvi and Hesham al-Warraq

Any time a lawyer is successful in his or her efforts to zealously represent a client, I feel an appreciation for the satisfaction that the lawyer must be experiencing. Recently, though, I learned of an attorney’s success...more

Immigration Corner: Time to Get Simeio-Compliant, Faster H-1Bs, a Permanent Resident Card Refresher and Increased Security...

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now published a final policy memorandum designed to bring employers into compliance with the ruling in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC and to assess whether H-1B...more

INTERPOL and the tax man

A reader recently sent in the following questions: Can you tell me would the IRS issue a diffusion notice in a civil tax audit involving offshore banking? Would Interpol even accept a diffusion notice on a non criminal...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q2 2015

The Chinese regulatory enforcement landscape is still very active for the second quarter of 2015. In the absence of high-profile enforcement actions against Communist Party officials, Chinese authorities appear to be...more

INTERPOL, refugees, and Red Notices

This May, INTERPOL announced its new policy on its treatment of Red Notice subjects with refugee status.  The policy is addressed in detail by Fair Trials International.  Fair Trials and the Open Dialogue Foundation are among...more

INTERPOL and Justin Bieber- Red Notice removed, charges still pending

Justin Bieber might be breathing a bit easier when he travels these days: the Red Notice in his name was reportedly removed.  Bieber’s case provides an example of one of the situations in which a Red Notice is no longer a...more

INTERPOL’s CCF and the significance of Ex-Ukrainian president Yanukovych no longer appearing on Interpol’s website

INTERPOL has removed the Red Notice in the name of Ex-Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych from its website. The removal of a name from INTERPOL’s online wanted pages is not indicative of a final decision, but it is...more

Feds Go After Websites Selling Suspect Medicine and Devices

Partnering with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the FDA last month put the screws to more than 1,000 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices directly to consumers....more

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