In South America, the Tri-Border Area (TBA) of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay is commonly known as a hub for criminal activities for terrorist financing networks. Their broad range of large-scale criminal schemes in the region include money laundering, smuggling, fraud, and counterfeiting, to which residents of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay may unwittingly contribute via their everyday activities. Specifically, Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, Foz de Iguaçu in Brazil, and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina lie on the Tri-Border Area between the three countries.
ABA ROLI implements the regional program, Raising Public Awareness on Countering the Financing of Terrorism in the Tri-Border Area, funded by the U.S. Department of State. The program aims to improve the capacity of the criminal justice sector and financial institutions in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay by communicating and raising public awareness about the risks and realities of money laundering and terrorist financing. A survey was recently conducted to gain insight into how citizens perceive these activities in their communities and within the framework of the program. The survey reached 902 citizens of Ciudad del Este, Foz de Iguaçu, and Puerto Iguazú, as well as Asunción and Greater Asunción in Paraguay. Participants included households and business owners, as well as regular shoppers in Ciudad del Este.