Event Details

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Creating a Partnership to Fight Illicit Trade: Forum and Reception

Event Information

Date & time

Thursday, July 20, 2017
2:00 pm ‑ 5:15 pm


Washington, DC


Spencer Cresswell at (202) 595-2671 or

The primary purpose of this event is to draw attention to the global issues of illicit trade and border security, with a particular focus on tobacco, wildlife, drugs, and the trafficking of human persons. Illicit trade is a transnational issue that enables corruption and encourages organized crime and terrorist networks. In showcasing global illicit trafficking as a national security threat, we aim to spur leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector to work together in addressing both the root causes and the negative effects of this global issue.


2:00 p.m. Introduction of forum and BCIU

2:05 p.m. Panel 1 (Presentation of the Problem and Potential Solutions)

Mr. John Cassara, Former U.S. intelligence officer and Treasury Special Agent and Consultant
Dr. Louise Shelley, Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), George Mason University
Mr. David M. Luna, Chair, OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade
Mr. Ted Cope, Consultant, Thermopylae Sciences & Technology
Dr. Michele Clark, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School, George Washington University
Moderator: Mr. Matthew Freedman, Member, Board of Directors, BCIU

2:45 p.m. Panel 1 Q&A

3:00 p.m. Break

3:10 p.m. Panel 2 (Discussion of Experiences, Best Practices, and Potential Solutions)

Mr. Charles Wollenhaupt, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Ms. Ana Linda Solano, Anti money, laundering and economic crimes expert. Former director of the Economic and Financial Police - PEF- of Fiscalia General de la Nación Colombia
Mr. Eric Proshansky, Deputy Chief, Division of Affirmative Litigation, New York City Law Department
Mr. Alejo Campos, the Regional Director of Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin America (CBLA), Crime Stoppers Inc.
RADM Tomney, USCG, Director, Joint Interagency Task Force South, U.S. Southern Command
Moderator: Mr. John A. Cassara, Former U.S. intelligence officer and Treasury Special Agent and Consultant Additional

3:50 p.m. Panel 2 Q&A

4:05 p.m. Conclusion of Panels

4:15 p.m. Reception

5:15 p.m. Reception Conclusion