Our TC Community of Interest Educates, Connects, and Empowers security practitioners to provide opportunities for regional cooperation on the challenges to economic, social, political and security matters of transnational crime.  We also work to advance collaboration in security sectors, security-related processes, and decision making against the challenges of transnational crime.

The TC Community of Interest shares information through course lectures, webinars, sharing resource links, and the Take20 podcast series.  You can also follow them on LinkedIn in the TC Community Group

Areas of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Cybersecurity
    Cybercrime and associated cyber-attacks know no borders and evolve at a rapid pace. (https://www.interpol.int/en/Crimes/Cybercrime)

  • Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing
    IUU Fishing has replaced piracy as the leading global maritime security threat. If IUU fishing continues unchecked, we can expect deterioration of fragile coastal states and increased tension among foreign-fishing Nations, threatening geo-political stability around the world. (ADM Shultz, COMDT USCG)

  • Transnational Organized Crime
    Transnational organized crime involves the planning and execution of illicit business ventures by groups or networks of individuals working in more than one country. These criminal groups use systematic violence and corruption to achieve their goals. Crimes commonly include money laundering; human smuggling; cybercrime; and trafficking of humans, drugs, weapons, endangered species, body parts, or nuclear material.

    Transnational crime ring activities weaken economies and financial systems and undermine democracy. These networks often prey on governments that are not powerful enough to oppose them, prospering on illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, that bring them immense profits. In carrying out illegal activities, they upset the peace and stability of nations worldwide, often using bribery, violence, or terror to achieve their goals.

    The political turmoil of the 21st century and advances in technology make transnational crime a concern for the United States. Increased travel and trade and advances in telecommunications and computer technology have had the unintended effect of providing avenues for the rapid expansion of transnational organized crime activities. Policing objectives in the United States must extend beyond national borders to seek out and target this type of crime. Only through international collaboration and information exchange can the United States develop effective protocol and policies for countering these crimes and mount a serious opposition.

    National Institute of Justice