The International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE) Supports New Public Education Initiative to Combat Black Market Trade Across USA

ICAIE joins coalition of cross-sector partners launching a new initiative to fight illegal trade and black market criminality.

Washington DC — ( — ICAIE today joined United to Safeguard America from Illegal Trade (USA-IT) in launching a new public education initiative designed to provide local officials, law enforcement, and thought leaders with information and training programs to help tackle illegal trade and raise public awareness of the depth of the problem as well as the severe consequences inflicted on states and municipalities by black market profiteers.

The campaign will run through 2021 across eight states facing critical illegal trade issues: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

“Illegal trade, black markets, and illicit economies threaten national security, the American economy, and the health and safety of our citizens while helping to fuel kleptocracies, organized crime, terrorism, and insecurity in too many places around the world, and increasingly to accelerate cybercrime across the digital world and online marketplaces,” said David M. Luna, ICAIE Executive Director.

The black market is a $509 billion a year business, and it’s growing. Criminals get rich from illegal trade by robbing revenues meant to provide essential services to Americans. Instead of helping taxpayers, that money is used to fund those who illegally traffic in drugs, weapons, and even people. These groups exploit governments and citizens, manipulate financial systems, spur corruption, and cultivate instability and violence that threaten our communities.

No one government or single industry can address this complex problem on its own. Tackling illegal trade requires cooperation and public-private partnerships and fully utilizing existing expertise, information sharing, innovative solutions, and evolving technologies. Public actors, the private sector, and civil society alike all have a role to play. For more information about USA-IT’s efforts to combat illegal trade, and to get involved, visit

USA-IT United to Safeguard America from Illegal Trade (USA-IT) is a public and private sector partnership protecting Americans’ security and prosperity from black market criminals.

Contact: David M. Luna, Email: [email protected]

More information about ICAIE:

Harnessing Partnerships and a Community of Action to Fight Illicit Economies

By David M. Luna | Published on March 25, 2021 | LinkedIn Pulse

David M. Luna, Chair, Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG), Business at OECD, 9th Meeting of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, 25 March 2021, Paris, France (Global On-line)

Good morning. Good afternoon.

It is a great pleasure to be participating at this 9th Meeting of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade (TF-CIT).

I am incredibly delighted that the Task Force continues its important work after almost 10 years since we first launched it in 2012 with support of the OECD High-Level Risk Forum (HLRF), and that it remains a driving force within the international community to address governance gaps and to develop evidence-based policy guidance to counter illicit trade.

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Like a virus, illicit economies spread and mutate

By Ileana Ros-Lehtinen | March 20, 2021 | Washington Examiner

In the months before he was elected president, Joe Biden made a solemn vow: A Biden administration would crack down on international corruption and the illicit economic activity it triggers.

“I will issue a presidential policy directive that establishes combating corruption as a core national security interest and democratic responsibility,” the then-candidate wrote in Foreign Affairs. “And I will lead efforts internationally to bring transparency to the global financial system, go after illicit tax havens, seize stolen assets, and make it more difficult for leaders who steal from their people to hide behind anonymous front companies.”

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The U.S. House Financial Services Committee held a virtual hearing on human trafficking

Virtual Hearing – Ending Exploitation: How the Financial System Can Work to Dismantle the Business of Human Trafficking

Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy

Excerpt from Committee Memorandum : Human trafficking is defined by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as “the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for forced labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion.”1 This exploitation touches every geographic corner and economic strata of the U.S. and beyond.2 Proceeds of the human trafficking business – which includes sexual exploitation, forced labor (often involving global supply chainsor recruitment into military service), domestic servitude, and even organ trafficking3– are valued at more than $150 billion per year,4 with more than 25 million trafficking victims worldwide.

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