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ACFCS announces recipients of scholarships for professionals in human trafficking prevention

Friday, July 19, 2019   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Natalie Moore
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Contact:Maor Roffe
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
Joann Alicea  JPMORGAN CHASE Senior Compliance Officer 
Emily Bolliger Bejarano   Wells Fargo  Financial Crime Consultant 
David Cole  District Attorney New York  Financial Intelligence Analyst
Joann Creary  Financial Intelligence Unit Bahamas  Legal Counsel/Training Officer
Jean-Baptiste Diai Director General of the Treasury and Public Accounting, Côte d'Ivoire  Permanent Secretary 
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
Rosie McWhorter Capital One, NA  Sr AML Investigator - CIU
Ian Mills Western Union Sr Cyber Intelligence Analyst 
Diana Rosales Ortiz New Mexico Office of the Attorney General  Forensic Accountant
Adam Rux BMO Financial   AML Data Analytics Manager
Joseph Scaramucci McLennan County Sheriff's Office  Detective
 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.


Joann Alicea, CFCI, CHTI says...
Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Thank you very much to the ACFCS for recognizing the Horrific Crime of Human Trafficking and raising awareness through the Human Trafficking Prevention CFCS Scholarship Award. Congratulations to all the award winners.
Joann Alicea, CFCI, CHTI says...
Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Thank you very much to the ACFCS for recognizing the Horrific Crime of Human Trafficking and raising awareness through the Human Trafficking Prevention CFCI Scholarship Award. Congratulations to all the award winners.

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