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Thursday, September 3 • 16:00 - 18:00
Turning a Blind Eye: Combating Corruption Facilitating Wildlife Trafficking

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Today’s reality is that criminal and illicit networks have expanded their tentacles to all parts of the world, corrupting public and market-based institutions alike. Their activities threaten not only the interdependent commercial, transportation, and transactional systems that facilitate free trade and the movement of people throughout the global economy, but jeopardize governance structures, economic development, security, and supply chain integrity. Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal activity that has evolved into a security threat. The high tech weaponry and aggressive tactics used by poachers and the syndicates and corrupt officials that support them threaten civilian security. Wildlife trafficking is a lucrative form of transnational organized crime (TOC) and conservative estimates place this top-ranked illicit trade at billions of dollars annually. Illicit trafficking in wildlife fuels corruption, threatens the rule of law, and destabilizes communities that depend on wildlife for biodiversity and eco-tourism revenues. It is fueled by high demand for wildlife products, high profits, and low risk for detection or meaningful punishment

This will be the first ever high level session held within the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) to focus on wildlife trafficking. The high level panelists for this session bring decades of expertise on international anti-corruption and law enforcement work. This panel will discuss ways corruption fuels wildlife trafficking, particularly in the supply chain and transport sectors, and how governments and international partners can combat corruption related to wildlife trafficking, including through strengthened laws, capacity building through training, and ensuring arrests lead to prosecutions. The panelists will discuss what is being done and what more the global community can do to improve its efforts to combat the corruption involved in wildlife trafficking. To safeguard these iconic yet critically threatened species, we must make anti-corruption a central focus of attack all along the global supply chain, and target converging threats more holistically, and comprehensively.


James Compton

Senior Director for Asia Pacific, TRAFFIC
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David M. Luna

Senior Director for National Security and Diplomacy, Office of Anti-Crime Programs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of State
David M. Luna helps coordinate diplomatic initiatives on national security and threat convergence including international organized crime, corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing, IPR enforcement, consumer counterfeits, cybersecurity/cybercrime, environmental crime (wildlife... Read More →
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John Sellar

Independent Anti-Smuggling, Fraud, and Organized Crime Consultant
John M. Sellar OBE FRGS was engaged in law enforcement for almost four decades, initially in the Scottish Police Service and then the United Nations.  As a Detective, he investigated murders and other serious crime but also dealt with human rights abuse in Scotland’s maximum... Read More →
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Dr. Louise Shelley

Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, Traccc, George Mason University
Illicit trade, human trafficking, transnational crime, corruption and terrorism, illicit wildlife tradeauthor of Dirty Entanglements:Corruption, Crime and Terrorism.

Session Coordinators

Jessica Graham

Jessica Graham has been working at the U.S. Department of State for the last six years. Currently, she serves as a Senior Advisor for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). In this position, she has developed an environmental crime program for the... Read More →

Thursday September 3, 2015 16:00 - 18:00 GMT+08
Hall 6

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