Pope: organized crime is a grave threat to society

Speaking to an audience of Interpol members, Pope Benedict XVI condemned organized crime as a "gravely destabilizing threat." The Pope specifically referred to the practice of organ trafficking while calling for greater international cooperation to fight organized crime. Organ trafficking was described as a moral transgression that...

Canada Assists Interpol to Combat Child Sex Abuse Cases

The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has donated a computer software program to Interpol to facilitate tracking and investigation of international child sex abuse. The program is a part of a mobile application that can be shared by investigators around the world. Using existing evidence,...

Mexico Fights Drug Cartels, Questions Police Officers

In the ongoing battle against organized crime, the Mexican government authorized the detention of 23 police officers in the towns of Chalco and Valle De Chalco, to question them about existing corruption and allegiances to the infamous Zetas drug cartel. Early in October, Mexican marines fatally shot Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano. Since then,...

Nonprofit Funds Central Americans’ Quest for Missing Family Members

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Call for Papers on Transnational Organized Crime

The Journal of International Affairs web component, JIA Online, is accepting submissions for publication in conjunction with the release of the fall/winter print issue on transnational organized crime. Authors are encouraged to submit academic articles, opinion pieces, and photo essays covering the relationship between transnational organized...

Vienna Conference Ends with Success, Questions Still Remain

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U.S. Navy Seizes $26 Million of Cocaine in Pacific Ocean

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Announcing the Global Public Policy Network Essay Contest Winner: Ana-Constantina Kolb

The Journal of International Affairs is pleased to announce that Ana-Constantina Kolb is this year’s winner of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) Essay Contest. Ana-Constantina Kolb is a German-Honduran graduate student in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Her essay analyzes how transnational organized crime in...

Mexico Announces Progress in Drug War

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UN Conference on Transnational Organized Crime about to start in Vienna

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Demand for Ivory for Religious Purposes Contributes to Poaching and Smuggling

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MS-13 designated a transnational criminal organization by the Department of the Treasury

Today the Department of the Treasury announced the designation of the gang Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, as a transnational criminal organization (TCO) under Executive Order (EO) 13581. According to Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen, "MS-13 is...responsible for a multitude of crimes...

Announcing the Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Contest Winner: Nemanja Mladenovic

The Journal of International Affairs is proud to announce that School of International and Public Affairs student, Nemanja Mladenovic, is the winner of this fall’s Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Contest. Nemanja’s has written a provocative and insightful essay on the underpinnings of the 2003 assassination of Serbian Prime Minister...

Mexican cartels move into Ecuador

The drug trade through Ecuador has historically been controlled by Colombia’s criminal groups who, until recently, essentially held a monopoly over corridors moving through and out of the country. This is gradually changing however, with Mexican transnational criminal groups interested in moving further down the drug chain to cut out...

Operation Pangea V targets counterfeit and illegal medical products

Between 25 September and 2 October, Interpol coordinated agencies in roughly 100 countries in an effort to combat counterfeit and illegal medical products. Operation Pangea V resulted in the worldwide shutdown of more than 18,000 illegal pharmacy websites, eighty arrests, and the seizure of over USD$10 million worth of pharmaceuticals...

Crime at the US-Mexico border goes corporate

In the grotesque violence that has enveloped Mexico it's easy to lose sight of the fact that, ultimately, these criminal organizations are complex businesses that rely on careful accounting as much as assault rifles. The structures underlying the most successful criminal organizations are stable in a way that means capturing or killing the...

Treasury Sanctions Yakuza Clan

The US Department of the Treasury has sanctioned the Sumiyoshi-kai clan of the Japanese Yakuza organized crime network, and two of the Sumiyoshi-kai leaders. According to the Treasury, the Yakuza and its crime clans are involved in weapons trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking, fraud and money laundering. Treasury Under Secretary for...

As Central America confronts violence, our role is to offer assistance, says head of UNODC

Following a meeting with the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov expressed the need for a coordinated regional strategy for Central America to combat transnational criminal networks. UNODC's role is to "work with Member States to offer increased support and assistance." On the issue of...

US Drug Enforcement Administration may reopen office in Uruguay

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reportedly set to reopen its field office in Uruguay, a strong suggestion that the country is now playing a bigger role in the trafficking of drugs to the US. Uruguay is not a major drug producer, but drug traffickers are increasingly using it as a transit zone for drug shipments from Brazil and...

Human Trafficking Gang Arrested in Dubai

An anti-trafficking team from the Dubai Police's Department of Criminal Investigations arrested six members of a human trafficking organization, including the leader F. M. M. The traffickers brought young girls from other countries to the U.A.E. to serve as prostitutes. When recruiting girls, the members of the organization would provide girls'...

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