Corruption and transnational organized crime are inextricably linked worldwide. Both undermine licit economies, accountable governing, and democratic norms. They enable and reinforce one another, sustaining and expanding criminal and extremist networks. Together, they impose massive economic, political, social, and human costs and impede development goals across every aspect of human endeavor. The dynamics, causes, and impacts of corruption and organized crime are many and too often poorly understood.
Both organized criminal activity and corruption corrode the rule of law as a democratic norm and the functioning of the institutions that support it. The harms caused by corruption and organized crime are transnational, enduring, and profound. Yet, as both seek to exist and transact away from scrutiny, deliberately hidden in remote borderlands, dark corners of the worldwide web, or proudly secretive jurisdictions, they are threats too readily overlooked.
To aid the USG Justice Reform workforce to better meet these self-obscuring, mutually reinforcing threats, the JUSTRAC+ program organized a Symposium Series focused on new tools, practices, and programs at the intersection of rule of law, anticorruption, and transnational organized crime. The Symposium Series on Transnational Organized Crime, Rule of Law, and Corruption included at least three separate events.