Archived Events 2014 – 2017

20172016, 2015, 2014

2017

April 3 – Film Screening – Wildlife Crime Film Series Screening: The Ivory Game

In this Netflix Original documentary, filmmakers follow the ivory trade from the savannahs of Africa to the markets of Asia to expose the networks and corruption that are pushing the world’s largest land animal toward extinction. The film was followed by a panel discussion with Andrea Crosta, Executive Director of Elephant Action League, who is featured in the film, and Louise Shelley and Kasey Kinnard of TraCCC.

March 8 – Film Screening – The Poachers Pipeline:Dealers, Diplomats, and the Illegal Horn Trade

Film producer Kevin Hirten joined TraCCC for screening of this documentary film that goes underground to follow the illegal rhino trade from South Africa to Asia, exploring connections between high government officials, foreign diplomats and the organized crime networks that feed off of our global trade infrastructure. The film was followed by Q&A with Kevin Hirten of Al Jazeera, and Judy Deane and Kasey Kinnard of TraCCC.

February 16 – Threat Finance via Non-Traditional Revenue Streams: Diamonds, Tobacco, Counterfeits, & TBML

TraCCC convened a panel to discuss typically overlooked revenue streams of threat finance. Presenters shed light on nefarious actors’ involvement in various forms of illicit trade and natural resource exploitation to fund their activities. View event flyer HERE

Presenters & Panelists

  • Mr. Chris Martin – Counsellor, U.K.’s Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs
  • Ms. Valerie Silensky  – Senior Expert, AML/CFT Unit, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Ms. Elizabeth Orlando – Economic and Commercial Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
  • Mr.  Dennis Lormel –  President & CEO, DML Associates, LLC
  • Dr. Sharon Melzer – Senior Fellow, TraCCC

February 3 – Governance in the Global Narcotics Trade

TraCCC co-hosted with the Center for Global Studies a full day conference on the governance of the narcotics trade. Patterns and processes through which the narcotics trade is governed in different locales and the implications this has for social and political systems were discussed.  Discussions focused on this process from a global and local perspective including analysis of case studies in Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

View event flyer HERE


2016

December 9, 2016: Countering Wildlife Trafficking: Hot Spots, Congressional Action, and the Impact of CoP17, Featuring Worku Gachou – U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Matt Steed – U.S. State Department, Bryan Landry – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Jessican Hansen – C4ADS

Worku Gachou discussed the history, motivation, and intent of the END Wildlife Trafficking Act which was recently passed. Matt Steed discussed State Department plans for implementation of the Act. Bryan Landry discussed the global work of USFWS to combat wildlife trafficking, and the impacts of the September CITES meeting in South Africa. Jessica Hansen discussed the work of C4ADS to use innovative technology and network analysis to combat wildlife trafficking and the hot spots and emerging trends they see.

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May 11, 2016: The Panama Papers Panel:Tax Havens – Who, Why, & Impacts, Featuring: Marina Walker Guevara – Manager, Panama Papers Investigation and Juan Ricardo Ortega – Former Commissioner, Tax & Customs (Colombia)
Marina Walker Guevara discussed how the Panama Papers investigation came to be, how it was conducted, and how the information has been analysed and shared.
Juan Ricardo Ortega discussed how the use of tax havens and shell companies allows for the presence of trade based money laundering around the world and in Latin America.

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Tuesday April 5: The Dark Web and Human Trafficking featuring David Bringle
Mr. Bringle led a presentation on the role of the dark web in human trafficking and new technological methods for finding and combatting it. Discussion was based on his work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He discussed the dark web, challenges for conducting research in that space, and cutting edge efforts to make the dark web more transparent to law enforcement working to combat human trafficking.

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February 25, 2016 Nuclear Smuggling, Featuring: Orde Kittrie, J.D. & Louise Shelley, PhD.
Orde Kittrie and Louise Shelley discussed the findings and conclusions of their research, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, on the trade and smuggling of nuclear materials and the challenge of combating it. View the event flyer

January 21, 2016 – Campbell Fraser, PhD. – Human Organ Trafficking: Understanding the Changing Role of Social Media and Dark Web Technologies 2010-2015
Dr. Fraser discussed regular travels to investigate organ trafficking, including covert work with authorities in 21 “selling” and 24 “buying” countries. View event flyer.

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2015

15 October 2015: Curtailing Corruption:People Power for Accountability & Justice
Shaazka Beyerle discussed her book, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice, that examines how citizens – organized in nonviolent campaigns, social movements, and community initiatives – play a vital role in impacting corruption. Note that the events discussed are fluid and ongoing. At the time of posting, road building in the Khimki Forest has moved forward, against the wishes of protesters. Learn more about the book and speaker here. View the event flyer.

 

4 May 2015 Mark Pyman, Programme Director, Transparency International
Discussion of Transparency International work in the defense and security spheres, and current challenges. View event flyer.

27 April, 2015 Panel Presentation: Human Trafficking in Northern Virginia with Special Guest: U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock
Presenters

  • U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock, Virginia 10th Congressional District
  • Delegate Tim Hugo, Majority Caucus Chairman
  • Detective William Woolf, Fairfax County Police Department Human Trafficking Unit
  • Beth Saunders, Business Sector Chair, Just Ask Prevention Project
  • Deepa Patel, Coordinator, Sex Offender Program; Director, Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs, Multicultural Clinical Center
  • John Cook, Braddock District Supervisor

View the event here. The event gets underway at the 7 minute mark. View event flyer.

16 March 2015 Combating Criminalized Power Structures: Predominant Spoilers of Peace Missions
George Mason Univerisity’s Peace Operations Policy Program and TraCCC co-sponsored a full day’s discussion, with members of the UN High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, of recommendations for combating criminalized power structures–the leading spoilers of peace and stability operations. This will be based on conclusions from the new book, “Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structures”

Presenters Included

  • Desmond Arias, Director, George Mason University Peace Operations Policy Program
  • Stefan Feller, Senior Police Advisor, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • David Beer, former Police Commissioner from the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
  • Ameerah Haq and Andy Hughes, Vice Chair and member of the UN High-level Indpendent Panel on Peace Operations (closing remarks)

Watch selected speakers here. View event flyer.

3 March 2015: The Impact of Organized Crime on Governance, Development, and Fragility in Africa
TraCCC welcomed the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, in Washington for its 2015 advisory board meeting. The speakers, top specialists on Africa’s organized crime and the crime-terror relationship, highlighted the need to reconceptualize organized crime as an evolving threat to development, and addressed the complexities of transnational crime in all regions of sub-Saharan Africa.

The panel featured experts from throughout Africa:

  • Mark Shaw, Director of the Global Initiative
  • Camino Kavanagh, Independent Expert
  • Peter Gastrow, Senior Advisor, Global Initiative
  • Tuesday Reitano, Head of Secretariat, Global Initiative

Learn about the Global Initiative at their website. View event flyer.

22 January 2015: Human Trafficking Panel Presentation:The Situation in Northern Virginia and The Way Forward
TraCCC commemorated Human Trafficking Awareness Month with a panel presentation featuring experts from multiple industries. Speakers presented the current situation in the Northern Virginia region, and what can be done to address it.

The panel featured experts from multiple industries:

  • Kristen Fitzsimmons, Executive Director, Just Ask Prevention Project
  • Bill Woolf, Detective, Fairfax County Police Department, Human Trafficking Unit
  • Steve Steinberg, President, MEI Hotels
  • Nes Parker, Manager, Monitor Deloitte
  • Sandy Saunders, Co-Managing Shareholder DC at Greenberg and Traurig, LLP. (moderator)

Watch this lively presentation and the following discussion. View event flyer.

Human Trafficking Panel Presentation Jan 22 from MasonSPGIA on Vimeo.

Human Trafficking Q&A Jan 22 from MasonSPGIA on Vimeo.

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2014

November 6, 2014: Organized Crime and Corruption in Central America
TraCCC, in conjunction with GMU Latin American Studies, hosted Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz and a discussion of organized crime and corruption in Central America.

The below video includes Dr. Paz y Paz’s presentation in Spanish (approx. 30min) followed by lengthy discussion in English and Spanish. View event flyer.

Claudia Paz from MasonSPGIA on Vimeo.

October 22, 2014: Dirty Entanglements Book Launch at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
TraCCC director, Dr. Louise Shelley, spoke at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dr. Shelley discussed her book, Dirty Entanglements, Corruption, Crime and Terrorism.

Moisés Naím acted as moderator, and Milan Vaishnev acted as discussant for this exciting talk.

Video of this presentation is available here.

September 15, 2014: Dirty Entanglements: Crime, Corruption, and Terrorism
TraCCC hosted a talk by its director, Dr. Louise Shelley, who discussed her newly-published book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press 2014).

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TRACCC presents discussion of Dirty Entanglements from MasonSPGIA on Vimeo.

July 18, 2014: Disengaging from Terrorism: Lessons from the Turkish Penitents
TraCCC hosted Dr. Kamil Yilmaz, who discussed his recently published book in the TraCCC book series, Disengaging from Terrorism: Lessons from the Turkish Penitents (Routledge, 2014).

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May 2, 2014: The Role of Corruption in Recent Events in Ukraine
TraCCC hosted a talk on The Role of Corruption in Recent Events in Ukraine by Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Olena Shostko.

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18 April, 2014: Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth Screening
TraCCC co-hosted a film showing and lecture on human trafficking, presented by Love146 in association with Courtney’s House.
Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. The film will be followed by a guest talk by Tina Frundt, Executive Director and Founder of Courtney’s House, a survivor-run organization which, like Love146, provides a loving environment for girls and boys who are survivors of sex trafficking within the United States.

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4 February, 2014: The Illicit trade in Wildlife
Richard Ruggiero (US Fish and Wildlife Service) spoke on ivory and gold in Minkebe (Gabon), Kelvin Alie (International Fund for Animal Welfare) described how NGOs are helping to fight wildlife crime, and Gretchen Peters (TraCCC) spoke of strategies and challenges for investigating illicit networks. View event flyer.

(Left to right) Louise Shelley, Gretchen Peters, Kelvin Alie and Richard Ruggiero

(Left to right) Louise Shelley, Gretchen Peters, Kelvin Alie and Richard Ruggiero

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