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Attorneys General to Train International Prosecutors Through U.S. Department of State

February 24, 2014

Partnership Strives to Reduce Transnational Criminal Networks and Threats

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed an agreement today establishing an international partnership to train foreign criminal justice personnel.

“Cross-border cooperation helps fight criminal threats that know no boundaries, including money-laundering, organized crime and terrorism,” said NAAG President and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “We appreciate this tremendous opportunity to teach methods of successful criminal prosecution, develop durable relationships with international law enforcement personnel, and increase citizen safety around the world and in the United States.”

Ambassador William Brownfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for INL said, “the INL Bureau is thrilled to formalize our partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General; the Association’s membership, research and training capabilities can assist the Department of State to further its work on international justice sector initiatives across the globe.”

Attorney General Van Hollen and Ambassador Brownfield signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a session at the NAAG Winter Meeting currently being held in Washington, D.C. through Wednesday. This agreement means INL will request that NAAG members or the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), a branch of NAAG, conduct trainings, serve as mentors, participate in assessments or speak at conferences. The attorneys general of Rhode Island, Delaware, and New Mexico—all NAAG

members---recently signed similar INL agreements. This partnership is cost-neutral for NAAG members since the State Department covers the costs of assistance activities.


Editor’s Note: Credentialed reporters who want to cover the NAAG Winter Meeting and MOU signing ceremony need to contact Marjorie Tharp, or 202-714-8559.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG),, 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.

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