Antiquities Trafficking – The Illicit Trade Fueling Terrorism and Organized Crime
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When: Wednesday, August 23rd
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Where: Online, via WebEx

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Complimentary for ACFCS members, non-members $35

Presented by Liat Shetret, Independent Consultant and Senior Advisor on Financial Integrity and MENA Programs, Global Center on Cooperative Security

In 2016, the US Justice Department filed civil asset forfeiture cases against ancient artifacts looted from Syria by ISIS, seeking to seize archeological items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It would be the first of several cases brought by US authorities, highlighting how ISIS and other terrorist groups use the illicit trade in antiquities as a lucrative funding stream.

Terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq are not the only parties engaged in antiquities trafficking. Transnational organized crime outfits are also involved in what is estimated to be a multi-million, or even multi-billion, underground market that continues to flourish despite law enforcement efforts against it.

This webinar explores the illicit world of antiquities trafficking, and provides expert guidance to help financial crime professionals crack down on this threat. Attendees will learn:

  • The terrorist groups and others engaged in antiquities trafficking
  • How stolen artifacts are concealed, moved and sold across common trafficking corridors
  • Money laundering risks tied to funds from the sale of illicit antiquities
  • Potential risks and red flags for industries that can intersect with antiquities trafficking, including art markets and financial institutions

About the Presenter

Liat Shetret is a certified anti money laundering and compliance specialist with 10+ years of global strategic research/program development and organizational leadership experience.

She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City and a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Illinois.

She is an independent consultant and Senior Advisor for Financial Integrity and MENA Programs at the Global Center on Cooperative Security and a former Director of its New York office, her key strengths include cross border program design and management, complex risk analyses and relationship cultivation with business, regulatory, political, legislative, economic and social constituencies.

Liat is a former Vice President of Anti-money laundering at the Global Operations and Technology Unit at Citigroup Bank where she standardized and applied enterprise-wide comprehensive Customer Due Diligence / Know Your Customer processes and procedures, and managed strategic global anti-money laundering programs.

Liat is currently the Team Lead for a technical assistance program on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Ethiopia and has extensive experience implementing capacity-building assistance programs particularly in emerging markets and developing countries across Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

This session provides one CFCS credit.

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