Upcoming TraCCC Events

March 25, 2019: NSF – GMU Conference on Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks

TraCCC will co-sponsor the GMU-NSF Conference: Engineering Approach for Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks The conference invites the grant awardees of the recent NSF EAGER program  as well as selected researchers, NSF program directors, and representatives from federal agencies, international organizations, industry, and think-tanks who work in the area of illicit trade networks.


Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

                                                                     Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: GMU Founders Hall,  3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA (Virginia Square Metro Stop)

Info: Food and beverages provided.

RSVP: Click here

March 28, 2019: Fuller Talk at WWF

Louise Shelley will discuss her new book, Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future, with John Sellar, the long-serving director of CITES enforcement.  Dark Commerce is now threatening our planet as it undermines the sustainability of the planet.  Illicit trade reduces biodiversity as species are hunted to extinction. Yet this pernicious trade also undermines our capacity to address climate change as trees are illegally felled and the carbon market was hijacked by criminals, terrorists and corrupt bankers costing the European Union over $5 billion dollars. IUU fishing, often facilitated by human trafficking, limits fish stocks but also  deprives billions on this planet of a major protein source and their livelihoods.  Illegal trade of water rights helped contribute to the eruption of the “Arab Spring” in Syria.  Illegal pesticides destroy the soil, depriving millions of poor farmers of their livelihoods. These diverse examples reveal a threat that both complements and exacerbates climate change.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm with reception to follow

Location: WWF Headquarters, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

RSVP and instructions forthcoming   

April 3, 2019: Big Data Utilization in Countering Transnational Organized Crime Featuring Alan Bersin

TraCCC is honored to host Alan Bersin, renowned authority on transnational crime and international relations. Mr. Bersin will discuss the utilization of big data and contemporary analytics to counter transnational criminal activity. He will explore the application of data fusion and machine learning technology to targeting and screening models geared to identify shipments in Dark Commerce. Bersin will place these developments in the context of risk management approaches implemented after 9/11.

       Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 11:30 – 1:00pm

      Location: Room 113, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

                                                (Virginia Square Metro Stop)

       Info:  Attendees are welcome to bring lunch; beverages will be provided

RSVP: Click here or contact Kasey Kinnard at / 703-993-9757

View the flyer here.







April 23, 2019: Research Findings: Illicit Hubs, Tobacco Trade, and Convergence with Illicit Commodities 


TraCCC is hosting a seminar discussing the results and implications of our research findings on illicit and counterfeit tobacco flows in and through Europe.


This conference will feature these experts:

  • Xavier Raufer, Research Director, CNAM – Paris, Criminology Master & Research Center
  • Simona Melorio, Researcher at University of Molise and at Res Incorrupta Center – Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples


              Date:  Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00pm

              Location: Room 113, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

                                         (Virginia Square Metro Stop)

               Info: Attendees are welcome to bring lunch; beverages will be provided




October 5th & 6th 2019: Combat Human Trafficking Challenge

George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government -Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) is honored to partner with Blue Compass on a Human Trafficking-focused hackathon as a part of the #ExpeditionHacks hackathon series.  Human trafficking is a global enterprise that is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable criminal business.  It takes many forms, including labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Create a solution to help combat human trafficking or assist its victims, using artificial intelligence/machine learning, augmented reality, or anything else!

Date: October 5th & 6th 2019

Location: GMU Founders Hall,  3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA (Virginia Square Metro Stop)

Info and RSVP Forthcoming

** Unless otherwise specified, all events are free, open to the public, and are held at Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201 (one block from the Virginia Square Metro Stop, see map). However, seating is limited and reservations are suggested. To secure a seat, please register here, call TraCCC at 703-993-9757 or e-mail us at Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities upon request.

Metered parking is available around the building and a pay garage can be accessed from directly behind Founder’s Hall (see map). TraCCC is unfortunately unable to validate parking.