The Cultural Heritage Coordinating Committee (CHCC) coordinates diplomatic and law enforcement efforts to combat antiquities trafficking, disrupt trafficking networks, and protect against the looting and destruction of cultural property around the world. The Department of State established the CHCC in 2016 pursuant to the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act, with the Cultural Heritage Center as its secretariat.

The CHCC coordinates the activities of participating agencies and institutions and its four working groups to advance principal U.S. interests to achieve the following goals: protect and preserve international cultural property; prevent and disrupt looting and trafficking of antiquities, especially when linked to terrorist and criminal organizations; protect sites of cultural and archaeological significance; provide for the lawful exchange of international cultural property; and strengthen the ability of the executive branch to protect and preserve cultural property at risk from instability, conflict, natural disasters or other threats.

The CHCC consists of 12 U.S. government interagency partners including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Archives and Records Administration.

The CHCC is composed of four working groups that include Technology, Public Awareness and Partnerships, Preservation, and the Cultural Antiquities Task Force.

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Law Enforcement and Experts Team-Up to Combat Cultural Property Trafficking

On August 12, 2020, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce and Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Dr. Julian Siggers signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new public-private partnership.

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