How to Detect Signs of Human Trafficking/Smuggling - Law Enforcement Insights and SAR Best Practices
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When: April 10th, 2019
1:30 - 2:30 PM ET
Where: On24 Webinar

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Complimentary Webinar, courtesy of Homeland Security Investigations

Despite growing awareness from the public and private sectors, financial flows tied to human trafficking and smuggling remain a pervasive risk. While financial institutions can take steps internally to address this threat, effective reporting to, and coordination with, law enforcement is essential to combat human trafficking.


The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requires financial institutions in the United States to assist federal government agencies in the detection and prevention of money laundering. Financial institutions must report suspicious activity that might signify money laundering or other criminal activities. Doing so assists Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in initiating criminal investigations and identifying people, bank accounts and assets associated with criminal organizations.


HSI’s Project STAMP initiative aims to shut down human smuggling and trafficking organizations by identifying and seizing assets, monies and proceeds derived or used in support of criminal activity.


In this presentation, agents from HSI will provide their guidance on the current risk landscape, public-private partnership opportunities, and how to craft an effective SAR/STR. Topics that will be covered:

  • Trafficking vs. Smuggling: What’s the Difference?
  • What is Project STAMP?
  • What is the DHS/HSI Blue Campaign?
  • What are the red flag indicators?
  • Recommendation on SAR writing: a law enforcement perspective

This webinar is eligible for 1 CFCS credit. A recording of the presentation, slides, and certificate of participation will be available for ACFCS members only.

About the Presenters

Renaldo Franklin, Supervisory Special Agent, Human Trafficking Division, HSI Miami

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Supervisory Special Agent Renaldo Franklin (SSA Franklin) is the group supervisor for the HSI Miami Human Trafficking Group.  SSA Franklin was originally hired as a special agent by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in December of 2002 in Detroit, Michigan. While in Detroit, SSA Franklin investigated immigration Worksite Enforcement Investigations and Child Sexual Exploitation Investigations.


In March of 2011 SSA Franklin transferred to the HSI Miami office where SSA Franklin investigated student non-immigrant visa violations, and identity document and immigration benefit fraud investigations.  SSA Franklin before his promotion short term supervised the HSI Detroit Cyber Crimes, HSI Miami Compliance Enforcement, HSI Miami International Airport Narcotics and HSI Miami Human Smuggling groups.  In January of 2018 SSA Franklin was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and was assigned to the HSI Miami Human Trafficking Group.


Patricia M. Inglima, Supervisory Special Agent, Financial Crimes Division, HSI Miami

In her position as Supervisory Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Ms. Inglima oversees HSI financial criminal investigations at the Special Agent in Charge office in Miami.  Ms. Inglima is a recognized subject matter expert on issues related to money laundering and financial crimes.


During her 21 years of government service career, she has participated in numerous high profile money laundering investigations targeting transnational criminal organizations as a case agent and supervisor.  Prior to this assignment in Miami, Ms. Inglima was assigned to HSI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in the Financial division and as a Congressional liaison on Capitol Hill.  Ms. Inglima has also served as the HSI Representative in Rome, Italy and a Special Agent within the HSI-led El Dorado Task Force in New York, NY.  Prior to becoming a Special Agent, Ms. Inglima was a U.S. Customs Inspector at JFK International Airport.

Letitia Jeffers, Supervisory Special Agent, Human Smuggling Division, HSI Miami

Letitia Jeffers is the Group Supervisor for the Human Smuggling Group in Miami, Florida.  As the Group Supervisor, she has direct oversight for human smuggling operations and investigations in Miami-Dade county.  Ms. Jeffers began her law enforcement career as a special agent with the former U.S. Customs Service in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2002.  In 2007, Ms. Jeffers transferred to ICE Headquarters to serve as a National Program Manager.  While in Headquarters, Ms. Jeffers served in the National Security Unit, the Intellectual Property Rights Center, and the Narcotics Unit. 

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