Our Mission

Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research protects cultural heritage by generating solutions to legal, political, preservation, and risk management problems impacting cultural property endangered by antiquities trafficking, archaeological site looting, war, theft, and vandalism.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that applies world-class research and actively seeks out professional judgment to answer challenging cultural property law and cultural heritage preservation policy questions.

The cultural property protection research and activities undertaken by Red Arch Research is intended to assist US and global policymakers, legal counsel, law enforcement, museum professionals, archaeologists, art and antiquities dealers, auction houses, collectors, conservators and restorers, and other cultural heritage professionals.

Our cultural property and heritage protection goals are meant to spark informed conversations about the stewardship of America’s and the world’s heritage; to identify and foster shared values that unify cultural property and heritage stakeholders; and to transform conversations about preserving humanity’s cultural property and heritage into real solutions.

Our Applied Research on Cultural Heritage

focuses on:

  • Legal and law enforcement issues related to antiquities trafficking.
  • Archaeological site looting
  • Provenance research methods used by antiquities collectors and museums
  • Museum acquisitions and deaccessions of antiquities and other cultural property
  • Museum security measures that safeguard cultural property
  • Cultural property institutions threat recognition and management
  • Antiquities and other cultural property objects in the marketplace
  • Repatriation claims for cultural property
  • Wartime looting and vandalism of cultural heritage
  • Conflict- and post-conflict zone interventions

Our Partners

The Red Arch All-Volunteer Team of Professionals

Red Arch Research is made up of a talented group of cultural property protection leaders who have partnered together to bring intellectual strength and a spirit of innovation to the organization. We are led by volunteer board members, advisors, consultants, and staff who have vast experience in executive administration, law, policy, archaeology, museums, art, law enforcement, intelligence, compliance, and journalism. We have assembled together to protect international cultural heritage.

Because cultural heritage protection is an expansive field, Red Arch Research is singularly committed to collaboration. We seek partnerships with universities and nonprofits to tap into their institutional strengths in the social sciences, historic preservation, archaeology, art history, architecture, criminal justice, the physical and biological sciences, and statistics.

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Carolyn Guile,


Associate Professor, Colgate University

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Domenic DiGiovanni

Vice President

US Customs and Border Protection (Ret.)

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Audra McKay,

Compliance Officer

Head of Financial Crimes, Square

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Kevin A. Swope,
M.Phil., M.A., SPHR

Treasurer and Secretary

Framingham Historical Commission

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Jennifer Amadeo-Holl

Board of Director

Exhibiting Artist & Painter​

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Roger A. Atwood, M.I.P.P.

Board of Director

Author of Stealing History Contributing Editor, Archaeology magazine

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Amanda Nelson,

Board Of Director

Attorney, Artium Amore, PLLC

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Edward M. Van Dorn, Jr.,

Board Of Director

Attorney (Ret.)

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Peter Herdrich


CEO, Cultural Capital Group Former CEO of AIA Co-Founder, The Antiquities Coalition


Mark Vlasic,


Attorney | Professor | Advisor Executive Producer, Blood & Treasure


Rick St. Hilaire,

Founder/ Past Executive Director


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Emma Hubbard

Executive Assistant

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Yuri Yanchyshyn

Subject-Matter Expert

K-9 Artifact Finders Consultants

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Victoria S. Reed,

Board Of Director

Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Michael Danti, 

Archaeologist | Program Manager

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David "Lou" Ferland,
Ph.D. (Ret. police chief)

Criminal Justice Professor, SNHU

Board of Directors Emeriti/Emeritae

Darlene A. Bialowski

Past President

Principal, Darlene Bialowski Art Services Former chair, Registrars Committee of AAM

Melissa Howes, M.A.

Past Board of Director

Managing Director, AJ Promotions Former U.S. Senate aide

Catherine McGovern, Ed.D., J.D., LLM

Past Secretary

Professor of entertainment law

Peter J. McGovern, J.D., Ed.D., LLM (Equiv.)

Past President

Former law school dean Professor of art and entertainment law

Bente Torjusen West

Past Board of Director

Director, AVA Gallery and Art Center

Stacey Yap, Ph.D.

Past Board of Director

Professor (Ret.), Plymouth State University

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