Fact Sheet - International Affairs Division
ATF has international personnel stationed in headquarters and around the world; personnel include an international firearms agreement advisor, program managers supporting international training and personnel recovery and country-specific program managers.
The International Division supervises and coordinates the activities of ATF’s international offices in order to support International Trafficking in Arms (ITAR) initiatives and the nation’s homeland security efforts.
ATF international activities include advancing criminal investigations through information sharing and intelligence gathering; providing support through training and technical assistance to international law enforcement and governments.
The mission of ATF’s International Affairs Division (IAD) is to direct, facilitate and coordinate the international activities of the Bureau. Current activities include advancing criminal investigations through information sharing and intelligence gathering; providing support through training and technical assistance to international law enforcement and governments; coordinating ATF activities with other U.S. government and international counterparts; and serving as the ATF and Department of Justice advisor for multilateral arms agreements and treaties.
The International Division supervises and coordinates the activities of ATF’s international offices in order to support International Trafficking in Arms (ITAR) initiatives and the nation’s homeland security efforts. They educate law enforcement and international officials about ATF’s firearms tracing and investigative capabilities. The division serves as the coordination point for international requests for ATF assistance or information regarding ATF programs.
IAD supports the U.S. government’s participation in multinational working groups to stem the flow of international firearms trafficking. It conducts international firearms trafficking assessments and firearms trafficking studies concerning other nations. IAD processes applications for official passports and visas and prepares country clearances for ATF’s foreign travel. They also coordinate technical assistance and expertise in regulatory matters concerning alcohol and tobacco.
IAD has personnel stationed in ATF headquarters in Washington, D.C., and around the world. ATF IAD headquarters’ personnel include an international firearms agreement advisor, program managers supporting international training and personnel recovery, country-specific program managers, and program and management analysts.
ATF attaché offices work directly in-country and regionally, when applicable, to assist the host nation and other countries in the region with law enforcement issues and facilitate a cooperative working relationship.
ATF attachés stationed in international offices serve as the primary Bureau representative in the host country for all matters within ATF jurisdiction. They are often called upon to assist, either directly or indirectly, with ATF international investigations, technical queries and host nation or regional requests for tracing or training. The following is a list of ATF’s international postings:
Blaine, Washington (Covers the US Consulate in Vancouver)
Monterey, Nuevo Leon
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
Tijuana, Baja California
Central/South America Regional Office (based in San Salvador and covers):
Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain
INTERPOL in Lyon, France
EUROPOL at The Hague in the Netherlands
ATF, working with the U.S. Department of State and other domestic agencies, provides a variety of law enforcement assets and expertise such as:
- Shared Intelligence and other information in order to defeat criminal organizations.
- Investigative Assistance to include interview and statements from witnesses in the U.S., surveillance and other follow up enforcement action in the U.S., as well as joint investigative activity involving gangs, transnational crime and terrorism under ATF’s jurisdiction.
- International Response Team (IRT), which investigates major international arson and explosives incidents at the request of the U.S. Department of State and an allied or partner nation.
- Technical Assistance to include firearms and ballistic tracing; experts in law enforcement disciplines such as certified explosives specialists and arson investigators; explosives and accelerant detection canines; access to firearms and explosives databases such as eTrace and the Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS); forensics and Fire Research Laboratory.
- Training in firearms and explosives identification, serial number restoration, post blast and canine training, firearms and tobacco trafficking schools, training in databases.