Memorandum on Withholding of Passports and Trafficking in Persons
April 19, 2006
LETTER FROM ROBERT K. BOYLES, COLONEL, USAF
SIGNED 19 APRIL 2006
JOINT CONTRACTING COMMAND—IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN
MEMORANDUM FOR ALL CONTRACTORS
SUBJECT: Withholding of Passports, Trafficking in Persons
Evidence indicates a wide spread practice of holding and withholding employee passports to, among other things, prevent employees “jumping” to other employers. It is the position of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) that this practice violates Title 18, U.S.C., Sections 1589 and 1592.
All contractors, engaging in the above mentioned practice and having contracts awarded by the Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan, are directed to cease and desist in this practice immediately. All passports will be returned to employees by 1 May 06. This requirement will be flowed down to each of your subcontractors performing work in this theater. The MNF-I Inspector General will conduct compliance inspections in 90 days.
If it becomes any company’s decision to disregard this direction be advised I will take whatever steps necessary, within my authority, to compel compliance including contract termination, debarment, suspension or negative past performance evaluations. Further, installation law enforcement and garrison leadership may bar access to any government installation for illegal activity.
The following will appear in future solicitations and contracts:
The right of freedom of movement and quality living standards are serious issues; MNF-I takes a zero tolerance approach to any violation.
Reminder: All passports returned to safekeeping of each employee not-later-than 1 May 06.
ROBERT K. BOYLES, Colonel, USAF