ACFCS Announces New Focus on Human Trafficking for Second Quarter
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Posted by: Natalie Moore
Quarterly Focus to Bring New Resources, Collaboration and Training to Help the Community Take on a Global Threat
ACFCS is partnering with Timea's Cause, a social enterprise supporting victims of human trafficking, and Homeland Security Investigations. Hear from survivors and learn strategies to detect signs of human trafficking.
Estimated to be the world’s second most profitable illicit activity, human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry and a scourge on the lives of approximately 21 million victims worldwide. Financial crime professionals are uniquely positioned to confront this threat - From cutting off the profits of trafficking to revealing money flows that can identify victims.
In collaboration with its members, partners and the community as a whole, ACFCS is launching a new “Quarterly Focus” honing in on human trafficking, and offering tools and resources to boost detection and prevention efforts in the public and private sectors.
For the months of April, May and June, ACFCS will offer webinars focused on efforts against human trafficking (HT), including insights on trends and typologies by Homeland Security agents, and a human trafficking survivor sharing her story.
A new HT resource center will feature guidance, documents and links to other organization and initiatives. We are inviting contributions and suggestions from our member community to build the most comprehensive database possible.
Perhaps most importantly, ACFCS will be highlighting the efforts of its members in the fight against trafficking, through profiles, success stories and more throughout the quarter. We’ll also be giving back, through donations to charities supporting human trafficking survivors and CFCS scholarships for professionals involved in HT prevention.
Learn more about all the upcoming initiatives and ways that you can get involved below:
- On April 10th, agents in the Human Trafficking Division at Homeland Security Investigations will give their insights on the current risk landscape, opportunities for partnership with the private sector, and how to craft an effective suspicious activity report.
- On April 24th, human trafficking survivor and advocate Michelle Furgiuele will take attendees inside the grim world of HT, and provide insights on how to detect and prevent it. Half of all proceeds from this presentation will be donated to Timea’s Cause, an organization employing and advocating for trafficking survivors.
- Future webinars will feature guidance from domestic and international banks, coverage on the intersection of human trafficking and cryptocurrencies, and more.
Sharing information and awareness is key to the fight against human trafficking. The new HT Resource Page will serve as a knowledge center for financial crime professionals. With your help, it will be updated and expanded over time. Visit the page and learn how you can contribute today.
Ways You Can Get Involved
Success Stories and Member Spotlights
The amazing work that individuals and organizations are doing to combat HT deserves to be highlighted. For the next three months, ACFCS is asking its community to contribute success stories in the efforts against human trafficking. Whether that’s an investigative technique, a transaction monitoring rule that yielded good results, a new training program, or anything else, your stories can help drive awareness of what’s being done against HT and provide valuable lessons for others.
Share your story here (which can be done anonymously), and ACFCS will collect and share them in its newsletter and site over the next quarter.
Over the next three months, ACFCS will also be profiling individuals involved in human trafficking detection/prevention roles in its member spotlights. Interested in being featured? Contact Brian Monroe at email@example.com to learn more.
Scholarships for Human Trafficking Detection/Prevention Roles
Are you in a role involved in detecting and preventing human trafficking, such as a compliance professional, investigator, analyst or member of an advocacy group? Do you have a colleague that fits this description?
ACFCS is offering three complimentary CFCS certification packages to individuals who work to detect and prevent human trafficking. Preference will be given to those in the public sector and those new to their career (under three years’ experience). The application period is currently open and will end on Friday, May 24th. Recipients will be announced on Friday, June 14th.