Using the Forfeiture Laws to Protect Cultural Heritage

This is the text of a presentation on the use of the asset forfeiture laws to recover and protect cultural property that was given by Stef Cassella at the Cultural Property Law Criminal and Civil Enforcement Seminar for federal prosecutors on September 22, 2016 at Grand Canyon National Park.  It outlines the three types of forfeiture — administrative, civil and criminal; provides examples of the forfeiture of cultural property under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), the Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA), the National Stolen Property Act, and various Customs statutes, including 19 U.S.C. 1497 and 1595a, and 18 U.S.C. 545; and concludes with a primer on criminal forfeiture procedure.

Using the Forfeiture Laws to Protect Cultural Heritage