Combating Organized Crime and Regional Security Cooperation Readout

Release Date: June 16, 2017 One of the greatest threats to security in the Western Hemisphere is Transnational Criminal Organizations, or TCOs. With no regard for human life, TCOs move anything and everything through their dark networks—including weapons, counterfeit goods, and smuggled and trafficked persons. They play a large role in the North American drug epidemic—a crisis that claimed more than 60,000 lives in 2016, the highest level in history.  Together, the United States, Mexico, and the Northern Triangle countries are fighting back.  During the first session of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America Security Day, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly held a discussion with President Morales of Guatemala; President Hernandez of Honduras; Vice President Oscar Ortiz of El Salvador; Secretary Osorio Chong of Mexico; Minister Bethancourt Yau of Panama; Minister Villegas of Colombia; and Minister Mata Vega of Costa Rica.   They discussed ways their...

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