Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), through an agreement with the Department of State and other agencies, provided training and/or technical assistance to law enforcement personnel in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. All the trainings and technical assistance programs were designed to enhance host country law enforcement capacity to investigate and prosecute money laundering and terrorism financing crimes. The original agreement was intended to support capacity building efforts from the beginning of fiscal year 2014 through the end of fiscal year 2015. A new agreement was recently signed to extend the program through the end of fiscal year 2017.

As part of this program, an interagency law enforcement task force, the Joint Terrorism Financial Investigation Group (JTFIG), was established in the Philippines. The JTFIG meets weekly to address terrorism financing threats in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and includes representatives from the FBI, the Philippine Anti-Money Laundering Council, the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation Counter-Terrorism Division, the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, and Philippine National Police representatives from the Directorate for Intelligence, Intelligence Group, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Special Action Force, Anti-Kidnapping Group, and Anti-Cybercrime Group. To support the initiative, FBI Los Angeles has deployed agents to Legat Manila, on a continuing temporary duty basis, to work with Philippine agencies through the JTFIG and provide terrorism financing trainings, in collaboration with the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section (TFOS), to law enforcement entities in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia.

Another large component of this initiative is to help enhance the overall counterterrorism capacity in Southeast Asia, by training law enforcement agencies in countries throughout the region on various components of terrorism financing networks and operations. During the last year, TFOS agents have provided weeklong terrorism financing trainings to law enforcement officials in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In addition, specific follow-up blocks of training have been provided to individuals in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. TFOS also provided training in Vietnam.

In September 2015, the “Financial Investigations for Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering, and Other Complex Crimes” was held in Doha, Qatar. Attendees were 30 Pakistani officers with oversight of complex financial crime investigations. Objectives for the program include developing knowledge and skills in the following areas: modern basic financial investigation techniques, including international best practices; identifying patterns of criminal activity linked to terrorist and other criminal organizations; interpreting and analyzing suspicious transaction reports; mitigating and combatting threats from emerging technologies; securing, analyzing, and using financial evidence in criminal trials; asset identification, confiscation, and management; the development and use of human intelligence; and the development and use of task forces.

The FBI also conducts training through the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) in Bangkok, Thailand; Budapest, Hungary; Gaborone, Botswana; and San Salvador, El Salvador. In 2015, the FBI delivered training to 610 students from 15 countries at ILEA Budapest. At ILEA Bangkok, the FBI provided training to 214 students from nine countries in the Supervisory Criminal Investigators Course. At ILEA Gaborone, the FBI provided training to 245 students from 19 African countries. At ILEA San Salvador, the FBI provided training to 576 students from 19 Latin American countries.

Additionally, the FBI provided courses in various countries regarding AML/CFT and related topics. Courses on money laundering and associated topics, such as illicit finance and cybercrime, were held in Brazil, Ghana, and Italy. Seminars and workshops on terrorist financing were given in several locations to participants from Colombia, Georgia, Ghana, Mauritius, Paraguay, Seychelles, and Uruguay. A seminar on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction was held in Albania. Finally, workshops on financial intelligence and asset forfeiture/money laundering were given in Tunisia and Morocco, respectively.

darmerie in Dakar, Senegal on the development of money laundering profiles and risk assessment strategies and programs.