On 12th September, a news release from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the first meeting of the Virtual Global Cultural Property Task Force (VGCPTF) -composed of arts and antiquities investigators from more than a dozen nations.  It says that the VGCPTF initiative will also promote and support cross-training programs to expose foreign law enforcement to US investigative and prosecutorial procedures and vice versa, increasing detection, seizures and repatriations of looted and trafficked antiquities to their rightful owners.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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