Since 2002, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)—with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the U.S. Department of Justice—has supported efforts to combat corruption in the Asia-Pacific region through the placement of a regional anti-corruption advisor (RACA). The RACA serves as a rapid-response technical advisor and resource for anti-corruption efforts across Asia. Working in close cooperation with local stakeholders, including government agencies, judges, lawyers, law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the RACA devises programs to promote government accountability and transparency as well as public integrity and to help build governments’ capacity to investigate and prosecute corruption and associated transnational crimes. As part of the RACA program, ABA ROLI provides technical assistance, including advice and training on anti-corruption and transnational crime, and, in partnership with the INL, supports significant multilateral events.
Our program helps to decrease corrupt practices by supporting the U.S. government’s international anti-corruption policies and initiatives across the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening the ability of governments and local and international NGOs to address corruption, promote transparency and encourage good governance. We strive to accomplish this by working through international multilateral mechanisms, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as bilateral cooperation with individual countries. In 2012, the RACA broadened its focus to include corruption-enabled transnational crimes, such as human and wildlife trafficking and environmental crimes.