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The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works to minimize the impact of transnational crime and illegal drugs on the United States, its citizens, and partner nations by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering greater bilateral and multilateral law enforcement and rule of law cooperation. INL develops policies and manages programs to help partner countries in the Western Hemisphere strengthen law enforcement and other rule of law institutional capabilities so that their governments can more effectively combat international narcotics production and trafficking, international crime and terrorism.

INL implements its mission through a comprehensive range of bilateral, regional, and global initiatives and assistance programs to set international counter drug and anti-crime standards, foster cooperation among states, and build up the law enforcement capacity of foreign governments. The programs enable foreign governments in the Western Hemisphere to act directly against traffickers and other crime groups and cooperate more effectively with U.S. law enforcement agencies. INL also coordinates policy and programs with other U.S. Government departments and agencies involved in international narcotics control and crime activities, including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Department of Treasury and USAID.

Regional Initiatives

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) is the latest pillar of the U.S. government’s hemispheric focus on citizen security. CBSI is a partnership among members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Dominican Republic, and the United States to substantially reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and promote social justice. The initiative seeks to promote regional cooperation to address the shared threats of crime and illicit trafficking, as well as to strengthen Caribbean partner nation capabilities and institutions, including maritime security, law enforcement, border and migration control, transnational crime, and criminal justice systems. Learn More»

The Central American Regional Security Initiative

The Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) responds to the region’s threats and builds upon existing strategies and programs, both on a bilateral and regional basis. CARSI is the primary U.S. strategy and funding structure for United States citizen security assistance to Central America. It is designed to stop the flow of narcotics, weapons, and bulk cash generated by illicit drug sales, and to confront gangs and criminal organizations. CARSI envisions strengthening and integrating security efforts from Guatemala and Belize to Panama, including the littoral waters of the Caribbean coast. In partnership with Central American governments, CARSI focuses on establishing programs that make sustainable impacts, reduce levels of crime and violence, build the capacity of law enforcement and rule of law institutions, and support prevention programs for at-risk youth in crime-plagued communities. Learn More»

Merida Initiative
The Merida Initiative is an unprecedented partnership between the United States and Mexico to fight organized crime and associated violence while furthering respect for human rights and the rule of law. Based on principles of shared responsibility, mutual trust, and respect for sovereign independence, the two countries’ efforts have enhanced cooperation that has transformed the bilateral relationship. The Merida Initiative focuses primarily on capacity building and is expanding support to the state and municipal levels. We support justice sector reform, assisting Mexico in its efforts to transition to the accusatory system, build the capacity of law enforcement forces, improve anti-corruption measures, and strengthen capabilities to counter money laundering and financial crimes. Learn More»

Colombia Strategic Development Initiative

The Colombia Strategic Development Initiatives (CSDI) is the U.S. government’s interagency program to support the Colombian government’s national territorial consolidation plan — a plan to bring a permanent state presence to vulnerable areas. As part of this effort, and specifically to help move communities out of coca-based economy, INL is building local rural policing capabilities and increasing the Colombian Police’s capacity to confront and dismantle emerging criminal gangs. We are also working with Colombia to better coordinate our security-related assistance to third countries, particularly in Central America. This reflects the importance of citizen security to the both the U.S. and the Colombian governments and our shared interest in helping other nations who are now confronting the devastating effects of transnational crime. Learn More»

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