ACFCS announces recipients of scholarships for professionals in human trafficking prevention
Friday, July 19, 2019
Posted by: Natalie Moore
'For Immediate Release
Recipients chosen from more than 130 applicants globally to shine a spotlight on impact of human trafficking and support professionals on the frontlines of detection
July 15, 2019 - MIAMI - Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry, estimated to be the world’s second most profitable illicit activity. This life-destroying crime has impacted approximately 21 million victims of all ages across the globe. Financial crime prevention professionals play an essential role in confronting this worldwide threat – from illuminating money flows that can help identify and rescue victims, to cutting off the flow of profits to traffickers.
Against that backdrop, the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), launched a scholarship program for individuals in roles combating human trafficking as part of its “Quarterly Focus” on human trafficking from April through June of this year. The scholarship offers complimentary registration for the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification, the full suite of prep materials, and a year of membership in ACFCS.
After receiving over 130 applications from professionals across 20 countries, ACFCS is proud to announce the 15 recipients of its inaugural scholarships. Those chosen for the scholarship submitted applications with compelling professional and often personal experience related to human trafficking – From running investigations and creating transaction monitoring rules, to advocating for legislation and working directly with survivors.
The winners come from a wide array of professions, industries and geographic areas, including seasoned compliance professionals in African nations, AML specialists and cyber investigators in the US, law enforcement agents in Canada, and regulators in the Caribbean region. These recipients reflect the diversity of roles, actors and skill sets needed to effectively combat human trafficking. ACFCS prioritized applicants in regulatory and law enforcement roles, and those still relatively new in their careers.
“As an association representing those who engage daily in the fight against financial crime, we have a responsibility to offer the support they need to be successful and grow professionally as they continue their important work,” ACFCS President Joseph Yerant said. “Nowhere is this more true than in human trafficking.”
“We are thrilled to provide these certifications to such a talented, diverse and dedicated group of professionals, and we look forward to welcoming them all to the CFCS-certified community,” he continued.
The full list of scholarship recipients is below. ACFCS will be running in-depth profiles on these professionals in the coming weeks.
| Festus Aisagbonhi
|| Access Bank Rwanda Plc
Head Conduct and Compliance
|| JPMORGAN CHASE
||Senior Compliance Officer
| Emily Bolliger Bejarano
|| Wells Fargo
|| Financial Crime Consultant
| David Cole
District Attorney New York
|| Financial Intelligence Analyst
|| Financial Intelligence Unit Bahamas
|| Legal Counsel/Training Officer
||Director General of the Treasury and Public Accounting, Côte d'Ivoire
| Nishara Gunasekara
||Capital Fellows, California State Assembly
|| Assembly Fellow
| Mallory Harrington
||TFNB Your Bank for Life
|| BSA Office
| Rennie Lakhan
||Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad & Tobago
|| Senior Analyst
||Capital One, NA
|| Sr AML Investigator - CIU
||Sr Cyber Intelligence Analyst
|Diana Rosales Ortiz
||New Mexico Office of the Attorney General
|| Forensic Accountant
|| BMO Financial
|| AML Data Analytics Manager
||McLennan County Sheriff's Office
| Rob Vingerhoets
||York Regional Police
|| Detective Constable
About the Human Trafficking Quarterly Focus:
A collaboration between ACFCS members, its partners and the greater financial crime prevention community, the Quarterly Focus offered tools, training and resources to bolster public and private sector professionals’ ability to detect and prevent human trafficking.
As part of the Focus, ACFCS developed a new Human Trafficking Resource Center, chockful of guidance, documents and links to other organization and initiatives committed to combating human trafficking. It also delivered webinars featuring insights from a human trafficking survivor, guidance from federal law enforcement on trafficking red flags, and many other informational and training materials. To learn more, visit the overview page here.
The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, is a worldwide organization for private and public-sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime disciplines, including anti-money laundering, fraud prevention, anti-corruption, cybersecurity, compliance, regulation, enforcement and more. ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to qualified candidates who pass a proctored examination offered at authorized testing centers around the world. Professionals in the financial crime field from more than 80 countries and jurisdictions have obtained the CFCS certification.