Illicit Trade: A Complex Web Of Criminals, State Sponsors And Opportunists

October 8, 2019

Suzanne Hayden

lllegal trade (trafficking) taints every country. It weaves countries together unwitting alliances through the efforts of unscrupulous individuals, criminal groups and state sponsors: preying upon weaknesses of infrastructures and legislation, promoting greed and corruption and ultimately affecting financial systems, reputations and economic stability, it is difficult to adequately calculate its harm to the economy, global security, the environment and the human toll. A closer look at the world of human, wildlife, tobacco and weapons trafficking illustrates the changing nature of organized crime and the impact such trafficking has on our stability and security.

Suzanne Hayden

Suzanne Hayden spent over 30 years as a US and International prosecutor. She was a senior prosecutor for the Department of Justice and a trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia where she started the first UN financial intelligence unit to follow the money of Slobodan Milosevic and supervised one of the earliest global stolen assets investigations against a sitting State’s leader. She was the DOJ legal advisor in Russia and Turkey and drafted anti-money laundering, terrorist finance and asset forfeiture legislation at the request of over 25 countries. Ms. Hayden served as the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) first national security coordinator and represented the DOJ in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard setter for antimony laundering and terrorist financing and.

During her career, Ms. Hayden served as a senior advisor for the US Intelligence Community, the US Department of Justice, the US Department of the Treasury Office of Technical Assistance, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria. She is on the Board of Trustees of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and sits on two advisory boards for illicit trade and anti-corruption. Ms. Hayden is currently the legal strategist for International Wildlife Trust, an NGO formed to build prosecutable cases against organized crime groups whose wild life criminal activities have thus far remained insulated and untouchable. Ms. Hayden continues to follow her passion for Native American issues and is working on a strategy to address the US tragedy of murdered and missing Native American women and girls through investigation, advocacy and legislation.

The SFWAF Program will be in the:  The SFCC Board Room (#223) which is in the West Wing (Administration building) of the Santa Fe Community College.
Illicit Trade: A Complex Web Of Criminals, State Sponsors And Opportunists2019-09-18T22:29:37-07:00

The Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean: Reasons and Repercussions

September 17, 2015

 Panayotis J. Tsakonas, Professor of International Relations, Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece.

What are the repercussions of migration for the EU and in particular South European states? How has illegal migration unfolded in the broader Mediterranean region during the last decade and why has it reached crisis proportions?  How is the huge influx of migrants from war torn areas in the Middle East and Africa being perceived and dealt with by the European Union and its members, particularly those hardest hit—Greece, Italy, and Hungary—as well as their neighbors.  What is driving the huge increase, how is Europe coping, how are these unprecedented waves of human migration affecting European security and what can be done to deal with the influx?


The Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean: Reasons and Repercussions2019-05-01T14:20:26-07:00

US Foreign AID and Child Survival: . . . What the US could Still Accomplish

November 15, 2013

We are living through an unprecedented decline in deaths of children worldwide from preventable diseases.  U.S. foreign aid played a central role in this little-known story.
Around the world 6 million fewer children will die this year than in 1990. This global effort has been collaborative, but such success would not have happened except for U.S. foreign aid, which is only 1{fe681502a50b39155a3ca75d1ea8a550fe0ee8275f6f89ef466f508ac0f80879} of the federal budget.  Yet as much progress has been made in global health, 18,000 children will die today, mainly from diseases that are preventable.


US Foreign AID and Child Survival: . . . What the US could Still Accomplish2019-05-01T14:20:27-07:00

No More Deaths: The Mexican Border and Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is stalled in Congress.  That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can still put on the pressure for better legislation.

The Presenters will describe what’s actually happening along the Arizona border with Mexico, an intolerable situation rife with abuse, human suffering and death.  They will also cover the Immigration Reform controversy, the “fatal flaws” in proposed legislation and credible efforts to eliminate them.  Not only will they bring to light the truth regarding enforcement enhancement and militarization measures along our border, they will show how these measures have real social and economic consequences for our future.  


No More Deaths: The Mexican Border and Immigration Reform2019-05-01T14:20:27-07:00

Fish vs. Cattle: Conflict Mitigation in South Sudan

South Sudan gained its independence from Muslim (North) Sudan in 2011 after decades of hot and cold Civil War.  The world rejoiced.  The Arab North would no longer be oppressing the non-Arab, non-Muslim South.  Unfortunately the regions and tribes of the newly independent country had been united mostly by their opposition to the North.  The new country, unfortunately, is still riven by tribal and other sub-national rivalries, some  older than the bloody conflict with the North.  Other questions arose.  How would the new country define itself?  How could it reconcile its jealous components?  How could it redirect its peoples’ energies in a manner consistent with the modern world? (more…)

Fish vs. Cattle: Conflict Mitigation in South Sudan2019-05-01T14:20:28-07:00
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