On May 23rd, Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) was invited to attend a Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) Program, newly-launched by the FBI Honolulu Division to educate the community about the mission of the FBI and to tailor information to participating organizations’ desires. This was the inaugural offering of this program by the local FBI. After a welcome by Community Outreach Specialist Joy van der Voort, the administrative officer and special agents presented an overall history of the FBI, followed by seminars in International Law and Industrial Espionage. The block on International Law covered human trafficking, something that has affected Hawaii in recent years, and the work being done by the FBI as it focuses on global terrorism and threats to national security. The block on Industrial Espionage covered recent case studies of multi-national companies and foreign governments engaging in attempts to steal trade and defense secrets, areas under the jurisdiction of the FBI. The audience engaged in a lively Q&A session over the two-hour presentation.
JASH would like to thank the FBI Honolulu Division for arranging this informative event for us. JASH plans to have other presentations in the future. Please watch our activities calendar and announcements for future sessions.