Illicit Flows and Migration: Profiting from Tragedy

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CFCSYou are invited to a breakfast briefing from the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies.

The on-going conflicts in the Middle East and West Africa combined with the emergence of failed states and porous borders create ideal conditions for people smugglers and traffickers. The UNODC estimates that "two of the principal smuggling routes - leading from East, North and West Africa to Europe and from South America to North America - generate about $6.75 billion a year for criminals."

As the CFCS continues promoting public/private cooperation we believe addressing the challenges brought on by trafficking in human beings and people smuggling could be improved by increasing dialogue and coordination between law enforcement and the financial sector - some excellent case studies of public/private partnership in this field exist already, but more clearly needs to be done to 'industrialise' the efforts to identify trafficking networks and disrupt their finances.

The Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies would like to invite you to our next Breakfast Briefing on "Illicit Flows and Migration: Profiting from Tragedy" to hear from a panel that will include representatives from law enforcement and financial institutions who will lead participants through a thought provoking discussion on this very challenging topic.

The panel includes:

  • Fiona Cunningham, Director, Lexington Communications, and former advisor to the Home Secretary, Theresa May
  • Martin French, National Crime Agency
  • Steve Wilkinson, Vice President of the Financial Intelligence Unit at Barclays
  • Amy Pile, Head of Research and Diligence in the Financial Crime Intelligence Investigations Team at Standard Chartered

Coffee and pastries will be available from 0800.

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