Welcome to TraCCC
The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) is the first center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime and corruption, and to teach, research, train and help formulate policy on these critical issues. TraCCC is a research center within the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
Money Laundering in Real Estate Conference: How is it Done? How Can We Stop it?
Join us on March 23rd for an all-day conference bringing together representatives of government, law enforcement, financial institutions, academia and the real estate sector to better understand the impact of MLRE and how best to identify and counter it.
Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2018, 9:00 – 5:00pm
Location: Founders Hall Auditorium, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201 (Virginia Square Metro Stop)
Info: Event is free, lunch is included
Parking: Metered street parking is available around the building. Garage parking is available below Founders Hall at cost of $15 for day
RSVP: Click HERE or contact TraCCC at email@example.com / 703-993-9757
For event schedule, please visit Money Laundering Real Estate Flyer
Note: Due to the sensitive nature of the content, this event will take place under Chatham House Rules (No recordings, photos, or attributed quotations)
To download a list of reading materials and associated links for the Money Laundering and Real Estate Conference, please click here.
On November 15, 2017 TraCCC co-sponsored a conference at the Hudson Institute on “Kleptocratic Regimes and National Security: A Pervasive Threat and How It Can be Neutralized.”
It had two objectives:
· To identify and raise awareness about the vast array of threats that are caused or exacerbated by kleptocracies. These include great power competitors, nuclear aspirants, terrorism, organized crime, state failure, genocide, and obstruction of peace and stability operations.
· To propose and obtain feedback on recommendations for responding to this threat.
The following recommendations were addressed:
· Tailor assessment and planning to the threat from kleptocratic regimes
Sever the flow of illicit revenue, the center of gravity for kleptocratic regimes, by:
– Passing beneficial ownership legislation
– Using data science to combat kleptocracy’s threat to national security
– Creating a database on the financial transactions of Politically Exposed Persons and a mechanism for the USG to share information about them with financial institutions
– Using the Global Magnitsky Act and other precision-guided policy tools to sever the flow of illicit revenue to kleptocrats who threaten our national security
· Use hybrid justice institutions to combat impunity by kleptocrats
· Make accountability a priority equal to capacity building in the security sector
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Featured Research and News
20 March 2018: Dr. Shelley testifies before the House Financial Services Committee for hearing entitled “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime”. Read more here.
31 January 2018: The Hill reported on testimony before the House Financial Services Committee that included and quoted Dr. Shelley, in the story “Lawmakers worry digital currency helping human traffickers avoid detection”
30 January 2018: Dr. Shelley testifies before the House Financial Services Committee for hearing entitled “Following the Money: How Human Traffickers Exploit U.S. Financial Markets”. Read her testimony here.
19 January 2018: In the article Spain’s Robert Mueller takes on the Russian mob released by Yahoo News, Dr. Shelley is quoted on the subject of money laundering by purchase of real estate.
18 January 2018: Dr. Louise Shelley addressed participants of the Building Integrity in Education and Training Working Group Meeting at the NATO Headquarters on the subject of counter terrorism.
16 January 2018: In an article investigating the relationship between the United States and Kazakhstan, “Kazakhstan is a ‘kleptocracy’ ruled by an autocrat. It’s also an increasingly important strategic ally,” Dr. Shelley is quoted on the subject of kleptocracy and corruption, specifically in relation to Kazakhstan.
21 December 2017: In the article “Milo Djukanovic: Montenegro’s Teflon Don” published by the European Observatory of Crimes and Security, Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted on the subject of drug trafficking the context of ancient Ottoman trade routes.
8 December 2017: Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted throughout an article in Al Arabiya English on smuggling routes, entitled, “Billion-euro Ottoman smuggling route to Europe still an operating business“.
8 December 2017: Dr. Shelley has new piece in Nato Review Magazine, New security challenge: The growth of illicit trade and corruption.
2 December 2017: In an article from Crime Russia, Dr. Louise Shelley gives extensive testimony on corrupt real estate purchases by . View the article “Dacha in reserve and real estate in Miami. How retired police General obtained ownership of paradise” here.
December 2017: Louise Shelley is pictured and mentioned in the 2016-2017 OSCE report The “OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings“, see especially page 54.
April 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley is awarded the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Residence Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy to write on her current book on illicit trade and its impact on sustainability
December: PhD. student, Andy Guth contributes chapter on trends in human trafficking to the OECD report, Illicit Trade: Converging Criminal Networks.
April: Dr. Louise Shelley is named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Read about it here.
February: TraCCC director, Dr. Louise Shelley co-authors World Economic Forum 2014 Human Trafficking Report. Read the report here.
November 17: TraCCC staff and students Andy Guth, Robyn Anderson, Kasey Kinnard, and Hang Tran have had an article published in the peer reviewed journal “Social Inclusion.” The paper, called “Proper Methodology and Methods of Collecting and Analyzing Slavery Data: An Examination of the Global Slavery Index” can be read here.
November 14: Read about TraCCC grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs here.
State Dept Grant: “Time to Take Action”
We are delighted to announce that TraCCC has been awarded a grant of $368,000 by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the Department of State, under the $10 million initiative, announced by President Obama in 2013, to combat international trafficking in wildlife. TraCCC’s grant proposal, entitled “Time to Take Action” aims to analyze the transnational criminal networks that are responsible for the catastrophic surge in rhino poaching from South Africa in recent years, and to support South African authorities and law enforcement globally in directing their efforts against transnational horn smuggling networks at their most vulnerable points.
The project will operate from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 and will focus on the following activities:
Assessment of Poaching of Forest Elephant in Gabon
In October 2014, TraCCC Senior Fellow, Gretchen Peters will be traveling throughout Gabon, with funding from Woodtiger Foundation, in order to complete a rapid assessment of the transnational crime networks responsible for the slaughter of forest elephants in Gabon. Her meetings in Gabon are being organized by Dr. Lee White, director of Gabon’s National Park Service, with personal support from Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba. Following her trip, Gretchen will prepare a written assessment of the current situation, and a proposal on ways that Gabon might fight the poaching problem at the transnational level.
Dirty Entanglements: The Culmination of Decades of Research
The idea for Dr. Louise Shelley’s newest book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism was formulated in the 1980’s. More than 15 years of research and travel has lead to the publication of this new text that explores the business model of transnational crime and terrorism. Learn more…
Specifics of Activities of Ethnic Chinese Crime Groups in Eastern Siberia in Post-Soviet Period (1991-2011) (2012)
Anna L. Repetskaya, PhD in Jurisprudence, is a Chair and a Professor of the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of Baikal State University of Economics and Law in Russian Federation. In her 2012 research project, Repetskaya analyzes the characteristics, scope, and scale of activities of ethnic Chinese crime groups in the region (Early Post-Soviet period 1991-1997 and Modern period 1998-2011), and determines the factors contributing to their expansion.
Respecting the Rights and Legal Interests of Small Indigenous Nationalities of the Russian Federation while Pursuing Natural Resources in Territories of Their Livelihood (2012)
Dr. Ruslan Sh. Garipov conducted a research project “Respecting the Rights and Legal Interests of Small Indigenous Nationalities of the Russian Federation in Pursuit of Natural Resources in Territories of Their Livelihood” in 2012. He draws attention to the imminent threat to the survival of the cultural and ethnographic values of small indigenous peoples who have lived for centuries in regions that are industrializing rapidly.
‘Problems in Combating the Illegal Use of Pesticides and Agrochemicals in Agricultural Cultivation in Eastern Siberia’ (2012)
Yuliya. O. Karpysheva conducted a research project in 2012 on the illegal use of banned pesticides and agrochemicals in the cultivation of agricultural goods in Eastern Siberia in the Russian Federation (RF). The author analyzes the illegal use of harmful pesticides and agrochemicals, and offers a series of policy recommendations to mitigate the problem.
Recent TraCCC Articles
- House Financial Services “Exploring the Financial Nexus of Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime”
- Opioid Epidemic Conference Report
- World Bank and International Monetary Fund Host Talk on Illicit Financial Flows
- Interview: Olena Shostko
- Washington D.C. Raises Awareness for Transnational Crimes