French Connection Research is a professional investigative agency licensed in New York State and Washington, DC. It was founded in 2004 to assist firms and individuals in need of serious fact-checking and bilingual assistance in the course of French-language investigations in the United States, France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and around the world.
Licensed Private Investigator; Certified Fraud Examiner
We tailor our service to each case: For our first assignment, a renowned duo of Hollywood screenwriters asked us to travel to Switzerland to locate and interview the French-speaking protagonists of an infamous true crime story.
Since then, we’ve worked with an array of professional investigative firms, attorneys, small businesses and corporations, as well as individuals in need of lawful and ethical information and evidence-gathering to support their case. We’ve assisted with investigations ranging from litigation support to landlord & tenant investigations, from international child abduction to mitigation in capital murder cases, from antique history tracing to locating a unique violin especially crafted for a left-handed player. Most of our cases have a French component, but many don't.
We work relentlessly towards fulfilling our missions successfully, constantly updating our knowledge of OSINT, media, online and library sources, as well as public records and human intelligence.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for a confidential consultation either in English or French.
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We’ve served private parties, small businesses and large corporations with our unique experience in fact-finding missions built on multicultural awareness, internet proficiency, as well as old-fashioned field work and surveillance.
Factual Research Discovery
Research is our strong suit and we work hard at solving each request in the most optimum way possible with the right tools for each situation. We subscribe to a dozen proprietary databases, train continuously to stay on top of online intelligence gathering techniques (OSINT.) We also like to take our assignment where online just can't go and pool our resources, contacts and expertise for online and offline fact finding.
We find missing persons, heirs, birth parents and long lost loves and, with their approval, put you in touch. But we also "skip trace" people who are intentionally hiding, perhaps from creditors or from the law, or have some other reason to keep their location a secret. Skips go to any length to remain under the radar. Only professionals can track them down and ferret them out.
Fraud and litigation support
Landlord & Tenant
Clients in need of pre-tenant screenings, primary residence, illegal sublets, and undeserved succession investigations know that we go way beyond the usual TLO/DMV/utility search. When unlawful behavior is detected, we help clients lead negotiations or act to recover the units by providing them with a strong, evidence-based case.
In The Media
Gadgets, drug mules and a French accent: my life as a private investigator
Emmanuelle Welch was mentioned in this piece by Washington, DC LPI Philip Becnel about professional ethics for private investigators, and keeping our political and professional selves separate. "'It goes back to knowing your customer and being able to quickly assess who a slick attorney represents,' Emmanuelle Welch of French Connection Research explained."
News from Osmosis 2017
Emmanuelle Welch, Public Profile of a Private Investigator
What You Need To Know When An Investigation Leads You To France