Grossman Law, LLC has observed that the governments of several countries have utilized their membership in INTERPOL to request international police cooperation for illegitimate and politically motivated purposes. While INTERPOL does have a mechanism (The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files) for individuals to request that negative information about their person be deleted from INTERPOL’s databases, the process is extremely drawn-out and secretive. The personal consequences of an INTERPOL "hit" on individuals who are illegitimately persecuted through INTERPOL, are disastrous. Due to INTERPOL hits, individuals may be prohibited from international travel and suffer U.S. immigration consequences in the form of visa denials, revocations, and cancellations, as well as delays in the processing of applications such as for asylum. More oversight, as well as an effective vetting process on the part of INTERPOL and other member countries, must be instituted to ensure that governments are not permitted to utilize the limited resources of INTERPOL for illegitimate purposes.
Grossman Law, LLC represents Clients illegitimately included in INTERPOL databases by advocating on their behalf before the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files. Due to our efforts, in many cases, the Commission has agreed to delete or remove information about individuals wrongly included in INTERPOL databases. Grossman Law, LLC utilizes both arguments based on international human rights law as well as INTERPOL's own legal documents to advocate for individuals.
INTERPOL has recognized the importance of respecting human rights since the early days of the Organization. INTERPOL’s General Assembly Resolution no. 3 of 1949, emphasizes that “all acts of violence or inhuman treatment, that is to say those contrary to human dignity committed by the police in the exercise of their judicial and criminal police duties, must be denounced to justice.” Article 2 of INTERPOL’s Constitution mandates that the Organization ensure and promote international police co-operation “in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The restriction laid down by Article 3 applies both to the General Secretariat and to Member States.
If you believe you have been illegitimately included on an INTERPOL database, please contact our offices to discuss your case.