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WEBCAST: The Impact of COVID-19 on Illicit Trade Networks

On April 20, join AS/COA for a discussion of how transnational organized crime groups and illegal markets are evolving amid the pandemic.
Seizures of illicit goods are common at Santos, Brazil's largest port.Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

In 2020 illicit trade cost the world over $2.2 trillion, as the pandemic provided transnational organized crime groups new opportunities to traffic in everything from illicit consumer goods to face masks and medicine. How is COVID-19 changing the nature of illicit trade? What are the risks at a time when governments are desperate for revenue and extra resources? How can illicit trade best be curbed at a time when authorities have so many other priorities? Experts will share best practices as they discuss the lessons the pandemic has taught us thus far. This event is hosted by:

The program will be livestreamed on this page on April 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Speakers:

  • Angélica Durán-Martínez, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Fernando Vieira, External Affairs Director, Philip Morris Brazil
  • Maurício Vieira, Chair on Combating and Preventing Illicit Trade and Transnational Organized Crime, University for Peace @mauric_
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief at Americas Quarterly @brazilbrian (moderator)

You can submit a question during the event via Twitter, as well as via YouTube or Livestream.

To register, please contact Leonie Rauls at lrauls@as-coa.org.

For press inquiries, please contact mediarelations@as-coa.org.


Tags: Events, Illicit trade, Transnational Organized Crime
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