BORDERPOL names new director of Americas program
BORDERPOL announced that it has named Janice Kephart the director of the Americas program.
Kephart is a border and ID security expert with significant experience in border security systems, having previously served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission, authoring the Staff Monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, and contributing to the immigration-related facts and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report.
“I could not be more excited and honored to be asked to take the helm of the Americas Program for BORDERPOL,” said Kephart. “This is an esteemed group of dedicated border professionals not affiliated with political outcomes, but with assuring improved border security and facilitation throughout the world with much of its work supported by the tenants of the 9/11 Commission. While I will continue to work diligently on supporting the US government in improving borders, I am excited to work with the BORDERPOL team and other interested member-nations in creating an improved international border system.”
In 2013, Kephart returned from her position of Special Counsel in the US Congress to work on comprehensive immigration reform (her second round as a Congressional counsel) to start up the nonprofit trade association, Secure Identity & Biometric Association (SIBA).
SIBA recently established an airport entry and exit working group and released a detailed framework which BORDERPOL officially supports, to encourage the US government to partner with industry on airport immigration solutions.
As national security director at a Washington DC think tank for five years, Kephart was the leading expert on assuring implementation of 9/11 Commission border recommendations and practical, operational border security measures.
She is also a regular speaker at conferences, publishes articles and op-eds around the world, and has testified before Congress 18 times on issues of border and ID security.
From her home base in Washington, DC, Kephart will work closely with the General Secretariat Ottawa, Canada as BORDERPOL works towards re-establishing an Americas Secretariat complementing its operations in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The third annual World BORDERPOL Congress will take place in Budapest, Hungary on December 9-11, delivering discussions and debate on policies, implementation and technology that contributes towards successful border management and security.