Strategic Goal 5: International Crime and Drugs - Public Benefit, Selected Performance Trends, and Strategic Context
I. Public Benefit
One of the three boats given to Jamaica by the U.S. government is seen during a demonstration in Kingston, Jamaica. During the ceremony, U.S. Ambassador Sue Cobb handed over the keys and documents for the boats. The boats were given to the Jamaican government to help combat cocaine smuggling from South America. � AP Photo/Collin Reid
Americans face growing security threats, both at home and abroad, from international terrorist networks and their allies in the illegal drug trade and international criminal enterprises. Illegal drugs impose a staggering toll, killing more than 19,000 Americans annually and costing more than $160 billion in terms of law enforcement, drug-related heath care, and lost productivity. This is in addition to the wasted lives; the devastating impact on families, schools, and communities; and the generally corrosive effect on public institutions. In the President's words, "Illegal drug use threatens everything that is good about our country." International crime groups, although they attract less media attention, rival the threat posed by narcotics traffickers. International trafficking in women and children, smuggling of migrants and contraband, money laundering, cybercrime, theft of intellectual property rights, vehicle theft, public corruption, environmental crimes, and trafficking in small arms cost U.S. taxpayers and businesses billions of dollars each year. International trafficking in persons violates fundamental human rights of victims. Experts estimate that non-drug crime accounts for half of the estimated $750 billion of money laundered each year in the United States.
The events of 9/11 and their aftermath highlight the close connections and overlap among international terrorists, drug traffickers, and transnational criminals. All three groups seek out weak states with feeble judicial systems, whose governments they can corrupt or even dominate. Such groups jeopardize peace and freedom, undermine the rule of law, menace local and regional stability, and threaten the United States and its friends and allies.
To meet these challenges, the Department supports a robust and comprehensive range of public-private, bilateral, regional, and global initiatives and assistance programs to build up the law enforcement capabilities of foreign governments so they can help stop these threats before they reach U.S. soil. This includes working with other USG agencies and foreign governments to break up drug trafficking and other international crime groups, disrupt their operations, arrest and imprison their leaders, and seize their assets. To this end, the Department works with foreign governments to set international anti-crime standards, close off safehavens to criminal groups, pool skills and resources, improve cross-border cooperation, and build up their domestic law enforcement skills and capabilities.
II. Selected Performance Trends
III. Strategic Context
The International Crime and Drugs strategic goal is supported by two performance goals. Shown below are the major initiatives/programs, bureaus and partners that contribute to accomplishment of the strategic goal.
|Initiative/Program||Lead Bureau(s)||External Partners|
|Disruption of Criminal Organizations||Andean Counterdrug Initiative||Office to Monitor and Combat
Trafficking in Persons
|DOD, USAID, DEA, DOJ, |
|Improve Anti-Trafficking in Persons Prosecutorial and Protection Capacities||International Narcotics and
Western Hemisphere Affairs
|DOJ, DOL, USAID, DHS, UN, IOM, ILO, Asia Foundation, OAS, OSCE, Stability Pact, SECI, ASEAN, ECOWAS, SADC|
|Standard Settings, Law Enforcement and Judicial Systems||Support Investigations of Major International Criminals||International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, International Organizations||DOJ, DHS, UN|
|International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEAs)||International Narcotics and
|DOJ, DHS, Treasury|
|Anticorruption||International Narcotics and
|DOJ, UN, USAID, OGC, DOC|