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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) advises the President, Secretary of State, other bureaus in the Department of State, and other departments and agencies within the U.S. Government on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. The bureau is headed by Assistant Secretary David T. Johnson under the direction of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. INL programs support two of the Department's strategic goals: (1) to reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States; and (2) to minimize the impact of international crime on the United States and its citizens. Counternarcotics and anticrime programs also complement the war on terrorism, both directly and indirectly, by promoting modernization of and supporting operations by foreign criminal justice systems and law enforcement agencies charged with the counter-terrorism mission.

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Newsletter: The INL Beat, January 2009

In This Issue:  
  • Date: 01/01/2009 Description: Newsletter: The INL Beat State Dept PhotoINL Afghan Corrections Program Advances
  • Partnering with Iraq’s Judiciary
  • Demobilizing Armed Groups in Colombia
  • INL Transport Airplane Arrives in Afghanistan
  • Fighting Corruption in Indonesia
  • Reaching Out to the Law Enforcement Community
  • Program Focus: INL Anti-Crime Teams Combat Transnational Crime and Illicit Threats


Afghan Women Lawyers Training Conference
Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan to host Afghan Women Lawyers Training Conference in the United States. Full Text

Intellectual Property Training Programs Funded
As part of U.S. efforts to combat transnational crime and promote the rule of law and the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) worldwide, the State Department has approved nine new projects totaling $3 million in anticrime funds. More

The Merida Initiative
Date: 06/30/2008 Location: Washington, DC Description: President George W. Bush delivers a brief statement at the White House after signing legislation. Standing with him are, from left, Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of Veteran Affairs James Peake, and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy John P. Walters. © White House PhotoThis multi-year program demonstrates the United States' commitment to work in partnership with governments in Mexico, the nations of Central America, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to confront criminal organizations whose illicit actions undermine public safety, erode the rule of law, and threaten the national security of the United States. More

Narco-Trafficking: What Is the Nexus With the War on Terror?
Director for Anticrime Programs David M. Luna delivered remarks, Miami, Florida. Full Text 

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