ICAIE joins coalition of cross-sector partners launching a new initiative to fight illegal trade and black market criminality.
Washington DC — (ICAIE.com) — 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 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 USAIT.org.
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.