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Colombia/Mexico/United States: Joint Strategy on Transnational Crime

(Jan. 26, 2018) On December 6–7, 2017, the attorneys general of Colombia, Mexico, and the United States participated in the Trilateral Summit Against Transnational Organized Crime, whose goal was to “renew the existing commitment to international judicial cooperation and to deepen joint strategies in the fight against transnational organized crime.” (Press Release, US Department of Justice (DOJ), Joint Declaration of United States, Colombian, and Mexican Attorneys General (Dec. 7, 2017), DOJ website.)

According to the DOJ press release, “the Attorneys General evaluated diverse criminal phenomena linked to organized crime, such as narcotics trafficking, money laundering, public corruption, and human trafficking. (Id.) Owing to the effect of these phenomena on “security and prosperity in the Americas,” the Attorneys General deemed it necessary to reinforce their mutual efforts and cooperation to counter these criminal activities. (Id.)

Specifically, the three nations are planning to undertake joint law enforcement actions by

  • using law-enforcement communication channels to streamline real-time information exchange among the three countries’ investigative bodies;
  • prioritizing and collaborating in the interdiction of narcotics shipments and their illegal proceeds;
  • using investigative strategies to more effectively dismantle transnational criminal organizations;
  • increasing the exchange of best practices to more effectively investigate and prosecute transnational criminal organizations; and
  • developing joint capacity-building and training programs focusing on organized crime, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, asset forfeiture, and public corruption for public-sector criminal investigators and prosecutors. (Id.)