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Document Security and Fraud Prevention

Project Description

The main objective of the Document Security and Fraud Prevention Program (DSFP) is to enhance security in the issuance and control of travel and identity documents on the part of the OAS Member States. This includes encouraging the development of integrated and secure national identity management systems, as well as more effective control over the use of these documents. With respect to the former, DSFP aims to strengthen national, regional and sub-regional capacity of the OAS Member States to comply with ICAO security standards (Annex 9 and Document 9303) concerning the emission and control of MRTD's in order to detect fraudulent use of travel and identity documents. With respect to the latter, efforts focus primarily on increasing the capacity of migration, customs, and other personnel responsible for controlling the movement of people across national borders to detect fraudulent documents and prevent their counterfeiting, forgery, or fraudulent use.

To accomplish these objectives, the Secretariat has developed two sub-programs: 1) advanced training on detection of fraudulent documents and imposters, in partnership with technical assistance providers, such as the Forensic Laboratory (HSI-FL) of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS/ICE); and 2) a series of sub-regional workshops on Best Practices in Travel Document Security and Identification Management, conducted in conjunction with the Machine Readable Travel Document Programme of ICAO, and with the support of INTERPOL, IOM, and other regional and international partners. In addition, the Secretariat has placed increased emphasis on assisting multiple donors and implementers in coordinating their capacity-building and training efforts in the area of document security.