New Partnership Agreement with the National Association of Attorneys General

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 24, 2014

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed a partnership agreement today with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen of Wisconsin, President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Under this partnership, NAAG’s National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute and INL will cooperate on advancing the development of rule-of-law institutions with partner countries around the world.

The Department of State has partnerships with more than 70 state, county, and local criminal justice entities around the United States. Partners receive specialized training from the Department and develop key international relationships to fight crime in their own communities. These partnerships enable INL to utilize the knowledge and expertise of actively serving law enforcement, justice, and corrections officials to train, advise, and mentor foreign officials on behalf of the United States.

With representation from 50 states and several U.S. territories and commonwealths, NAAG fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis, and provides training, making it an ideal partner to help INL build the capacity of partner countries to counter transnational criminal justice networks.