FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Hello, and welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2019! My name is Danielle Foltz, and I will be chairing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) committee this year. The FBI is one of the most exciting committees at the conference, and I am glad to have you all join me this year.
I am a junior studying history, with a focus on medicine and public health. Like many of you, this will be my first time at Harvard Model Congress San Francisco, and I am very excited to be a part of this conference. But enough about me. Let’s get into what we will be doing in the FBI committee.
The FBI is a branch of the Justice Department that is responsible for enforcing federal laws. The Bureau also a part of the U.S. Intelligence Community, and focuses on counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigation of federal crimes.
This year we will be focusing on two topics that have some overlap: election corruption in the US, and foreign influence on democracy in America and its allies. Beyond diving into the details of these current topics, you will also have a chance to learn parliamentary procedure, how to share your ideas effectively, and how to collaborate with students from across the country and the world. You will also be exposed to many viewpoints and ideas different than your own, that will hopefully expand your view on the world around you.
I encourage you to start preparing right away: stay up-to-date with the news, especially as the topics we are discussing are developing every day, and start researching the role of the FBI in the federal government. A great place to start is FBI.gov. Please, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have leading up to the conference! No concern is too small.
Harvard Model Congress is an exciting and educating experience that I hope you will leave feeling inspired to explore your interests more and become civically engaged in your communities.