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AGs and International Prosecutors Meet on Transnational Crime

August 1, 2013

Washington, DC---State attorneys general and their legal staff from around the United States and prosecutors from North America and the Caribbean region will meet Aug. 8 – 9 in Providence, R.I., to discuss strategies to combat human trafficking, intellectual property theft, cybercrime, and weapons and drug trafficking. The meeting is being hosted by the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), the training and research arm of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and in partnership with the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP).

“We live in a global world where international borders have virtually disappeared, opening up new opportunities for criminal organizations to operate while creating new challenges in investigation and prosecution. To combat the growing threat of transnational criminal organizations, we too must reach across borders, share information and cooperatively determine where to best prosecute these types of cases,” said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, who serves as the NAAG representative to IAP.

The national and international faculty includes representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. State Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Attorney’s Office, state attorneys general offices, National District Attorneys Association, as well as prosecutors from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Jamaica, among others.

IAP President James Hamilton said, “This is only the third occasion on which we have held a North American and Caribbean Regional Conference. The previous two were in Bermuda and Quebec, so it will be our first Regional Conference in the United States. I see it as an opportunity for us to strengthen our position in North America and am very much looking forward to the conference in Rhode Island.”

NAAG Deputy Executive Director and NAGTRI Director Chris Toth said, “NAAG is pleased to support this meeting as it will lead to enhanced cooperation between nations of our hemisphere in battling together the scourge of transnational crime.”

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Editor’s Note: Credentialed reporters who want to cover those sessions open to the press need to contact Amy Kempe, Rhode Island Attorney’s General Office, akempe@riag.ri.gov or Marjorie Tharp, NAAG communications director, mtharp@naag.org.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.

The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) is the training and research arm of NAAG. It was established in 2007 to provide high quality, responsive and innovative training to assistant attorneys general and to provide intellectually adept research on issues of concern and interest to the NAAG membership.

The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) was formed in 1995 following encouragement from the United Nations. It has over 1400 individual members and 120 organizational members from more than 130 countries. IAP publishes the U.N. Guidelines for Prosecutors, addresses the growth in serious international and transnational crime, and allows prosecutors to develop networks and communicate with each other quickly.

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