How Motivating Factors and Vulnerabilities Contribute to the Proliferation of Illegal Trade in Persons and Goods Resulting in Global Harm Economically and Societally

2017 International Fellows Carlos Zamarripa Aguirre, Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Guanajuato, Mexico; Catherine Ford, State Advocate, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions: Western Cape, National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, South Africa; Kirsta Leeburg Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief, Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section, Office of the Attorney General, Texas;…

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Fighting Injustice through Humanizing the Faces of Illegal Trade

2017 International Fellows Keith Alder, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, New South Wales, Australia; Mike Chibita, Director of Public Prosecutions, Uganda; Luciana Frota, Drug Crimes State Prosecutor, Brazil; Leigh Gwathney, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Trials Division, Alabama, USA; Solange Legras, Attorney General, Chief of International Division, France; Raul Solis, Prosecutor, Criminal Cases Investigation, Peru. This…

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Identifying Methods Prosecutors May Use to Help Reduce the Infiltration of Counterfeit and Dangerous Products and Practices from Entering the Marketplace

Sandra Arenas, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Connecticut; Christine Johnson Spence, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Jamaica; John Moreira, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Rhode Island; Paul Singer, Chief, Consumer Protection Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of Texas; Setha…

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Presidential Council Issues Report Arguing that Ballistics Testimony Should Not be Admitted as Evidence

On Sept. 19, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report titled "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods.". This article introduces PCAST and provides an overview of the 174-page report and its recommendations to judges across the nation.

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Ethics Corner – To Blog or Not to Blog

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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Do Not Call: The History of Do Not Call and How Telemarketing Has Evolved

The Do Not Call service has come a long way since its inception, yet the Federal Trade Commission still received 3.5 million complaints about unwanted calls in fiscal year 2015. Thirty-one states have adopted the National Do Not Call Registry. This article addresses the challenges in stopping unwelcome calls.

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Advancing Leadership Development in the Offices of Attorneys General

This article addresses three areas for
consideration in regards to leadership development: building a culture of leadership, fostering employee engagement, and embracing change. It also suggests practices and behaviors to help meet related managerial challenges.

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Teaching the Logistics of Legislative Drafting in Ethiopia: Part II

Jeromy Pankratz, Assistant Attorney General, South Dakota Attorney General’s Office It was with no small amount of astonishment that I listened to the class discuss with much solemnity their proposed legislation to prevent children of the kingdom from entering the forest while under threat of dragon attack. Wait. It may make more sense to start…

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Teaching the Logistics of Legislative Drafting in Ethiopia: Part I

In late October 2015, I had the privilege of conducting a five-day training session for the Office of Legal Counsel of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The training focused on the basics of legislative drafting, with an emphasis on drafting domestic legislation to implement international treaties. The training was sponsored by the…

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A Front-Row Seat to Courage and Law

Courage comes in many forms, but its basic principle is immutable – the ability of humans to act for the greater good in the face of danger. As we write this article, in Macedonia, a group of independent prosecutors specially selected to investigate and prosecute corruption within their own government, embody courage. Their story is…

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