Cultural Property Protection Resources

Law Enforcement Agencies

DHS/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) provides information on cultural property repatriations.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a specialized team of investigators who focus the theft and recovery of stolen cultural property. The FBI maintains a database of stolen art reports from around the world, for law-enforcement access only.

Interpol, the world's largest international police organization, facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists other agencies to prevent and combat international crime. A section of their Web site disseminates information on cultural property crimes.


International Organizations

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation & Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), an international, inter-governmental organization, publishes a database of training opportunities in heritage conservation and affiliated disciplines, a database of its extensive library holdings, and a listing of its downloadable publications.

United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) publishes a database of national laws of member states relating to cultural heritage protection, and makes available the 1997 edition of a resource handbook for the implementation of the 1970 UNESCO convention "Preventing the Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property" (PDF).

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is an international non-governmental organization, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. It has about 7000 members in 110 countries, 37 national committees with their own Web sites, and 18 scientific committees with special interests.

International Council on Museums (ICOM), an international non-governmental organization of museum professionals, maintains a bibliography on illicit trafficking of cultural property, and publishes its Red Lists, showing images and descriptions of cultural objects at risk for theft and illicit trafficking.

The U.S. National Park Service, which is responsible for the stewardship of some 400 parks and preserves in the U.S., publishes a series of technical briefs relating to site protection and cultural resource management. Its Museum Management Program provides numerous publications for museum professionals, including Conserv-o-Grams, a series of short, concise leaflets intended for curators and stewards of museum and archive collections.