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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)

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The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), headed by Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, advises the President, Secretary of State, other bureaus in the Department of State, and other departments and agencies within the U.S. Government on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. INL programs support two of the Department's strategic goals

  • To reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States; and
  • To minimize the impact of international crime on the United States and its citizens

Focus Areas


December 2014 -January 2015 Issue

INL Task Forces Fight Gangs, Kidnappers, and Drug Traffickers on the Honduras-Guatemala Border

Date: 2014 Description: Rescued kidnapping victim shows Honduran officers the cave in the forested border area between Honduras and Guatemala where he was held captive.  The boy is wearing borrowed police attire to protect his identity. - State Dept Image On August 22, 2014, two INL-supported anti-gang units, the Honduran NAGU and the Guatemalan PANDA, moved together into the border region to rescue a mother and two children kidnapped in Honduras and held for a $10 million ransom in Guatemala. Learn More»

Shoulder to Shoulder with Prince William: Combating Corruption and Wildlife Crime

Date: 2014 Description: Courtesy of the World Bank © World Bank What issues in INL’s portfolio have recently grabbed the attention of public figures ranging from Jon Stewart to” Prince William? Corruption and wildlife crime”. Prince William used his first official visit to Washington to announce a new task force to combat wildlife trafficking, making the announcement at the opening of the World Bank’s December International Corruption Hunters Alliance meetings. Jon Stewart has also recently highlighted wildlife crime on The Daily Show. Learn More»

A Promising Day for Armenia’s Future

Date: 2014 Description: Ambassador Heffern introducing Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall to Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan at the new Armavir Prison. - State Dept Image Saturday, November 29 was a bright day for INL and Armenia as that country opened a new model prison, a key step in modernizing Armenia’s justice system and a mark of progress in moving beyond Armenia’s Soviet-era corrections system. Learn More»

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