September 14, 2015 -
Last week, BORDERPOL held its first North America meeting in Washington, D.C. The event examined means to curtail terrorist travel, in conjunction with border government representatives from around the world, along with the private sector and major international organizations.
BORDERPOL bills itself as the only international nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and engage governments and international organizations worldwide to actively promote the facilitation of safe and secure legitimate international travel of people across air, land and sea borders while curtailing terrorists and organized crime, including human and sex trafficking.
The tenets of BORDERPOL’s mission are grounded in the humane treatment of persons, regional and international cooperation, law and criminal justice, minimum international border control and security standards, information-sharing and secure communication with appropriate data protection.
As we reported last Friday, Rep. John Katko (R-NY), who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee and chairs its current task force for combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel, gave the keynote address at the event, in which he emphasized a number of security challenges facing the United States.
The meeting was organized and supported on behalf of BORDERPOL by the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a nonprofit trade association dedicated to pro-actively create awareness and promote the value of secure identity technologies and biometric solutions that effectively protect and secure individuals from identity threats as well as protect and secure facilities, organizations and governments.
Janice Kephart, Founder and CEO of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), and a chief organizer of the event stated: “I could not be happier with the quality and substance of all who attended and supported this event. If our work and relationships renewed or built over these past few days in Washington D.C. can save one life from a terrorist attack by curbing terrorist travel, our work will have been worth it.”
The meeting brought together at least 100 industry professionals, including public and private sector partners, and major sponsors including 3M, BASIS Technology, L3 Communications, Document Security Alliance, Novetta, SAFRAN MorphoTrak, Digital Signal Corporation, WorldReach Software, NXP, SITA, Abanacle, Online Integrated Solutions and The Intellisis Corporation. BiometricUpdate.com was the premier media partner for the event.
The timing of the successful event coincides with a professional transition for Kephart. She announced today that she has been appointed to the position of Homeland Security Director at SAFRAN MorphoTrak.
She noted that she had met with SIBA’s Board to help assure that the organization stay on track, and be enhanced with new talent. She will be working with SIBA board member Mike Dougherty, Director of Law Enforcement Solutions, at Raytheon, on a transition plan that will enable the organization to remain a leader in the border security, as well as an advocacy leader.
“I could have no better partner than Mike working on this document with me,” stated Kephart.
“For those that attended our very successful BORDERPOL meeting last week, you may well have met him there. He knows procurement inside and out, report writing, strategizing and between us we will put SIBA in a stronger position than it even is now.”
According to Kephart, SIBA’s short term goals will be to strengthen its technical working group and restructure and align its membership dues. As a founder, she will remain on the board, but will relinquish her vote.