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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil- More than 30 law enforcement and government officials from the United States and Brazil completed a four-day bilateral export control and border security training program Thursday hosted in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations' (HSI) Attaché Office in Brasilia co-hosted the event with the U.S. Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

The training, which was funded by Department of State's Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, included officials from Brazil's Federal Police, Attorney General's Office, Customs and Tax Authority, the Federal Highway Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Topics covered during the training included the importance of information-sharing to assist in the detection, prevention and disruption of U.S. export violations and border security-related issues. Officials also discussed risk analysis and interdictions, investigations and enforcement of arms trafficking, prosecutorial concerns, treaties on strategic trade and export control and nuclear, biological and chemical, regulations compliance and control.

"Trainings such as these further strengthen our relationship with the Brazilian government," said HSI Brasilia Attaché Cheryl Bassett. "We share a joint commitment to border security and export controls."

Through its International Operations, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has 65 operational attaché offices in 46 countries around the world. HSI special agents work closely with foreign law enforcement agencies through a robust network of specialized, vetted units known as Transnational Criminal Investigative Units. Additionally, HSI brings personnel from host countries to the United States to train at the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.