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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


February/March 2015 Issue

Fighting Wildlife Crime

Date: 03/31/2015 Description: Elephant wildlife © AP ImageThis month INL showcased its commitment to combating wildlife crime.  Senior officials from INL including Assistant Secretary Brownfield and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Luis Arreaga participated in events highlighting INL’s work to combat wildlife trafficking. Learn more. Learn More»

Safe Community Space Inaugurated in Los Chiles, Costa Rica

Date: 03/31/2015 Description: INL Community of Los Chiles Prevention Program - State Dept ImageNear the banks of the Rio Frio and the shore of the lake that leads to Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua, children and families now have a fun, safe new place to play. On February 5, as part of its Safe Community & Prevention Programs, INL Costa Rica, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) and the municipal government of Los Chiles, organized an event to transfer an INL-donated playground to the community of Los Chiles. Learn More»

INL Supporting Criminal Justice “Know Your Rights” Campaign in Morocco

Date: 03/31/2015 Description: INL Supporting Criminal Justice ''Know Your Rights'' Campaign in Morocco. - State Dept ImageFor perhaps the first time in their lives, 500 Moroccan citizens coming in and out of a local court learned about their rights and obligations under the Moroccan criminal justice system. Partnering with INL, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is working with local organizations to educate Moroccan citizens about the criminal justice system through a public awareness “know your rights” campaign in the Marrakech region. Learn More»

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