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State/INL Thailand Program

Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
December 6, 2011


Funding FY 2005-2012:

  • FY 2005 - $1,608,000 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2006 - $990,000 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2007 - $900,000 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2008 - $1,686,000 (INCLE*) + $1,200,000 (ESF**) = $2,886,000
  • FY 2009 - $1,400,000 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2010 - $1,740,000 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2011 - $1,740,000 (INCLE*)

*INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds
**ESF: Economic Support funds transferred from USAID

Program Goals:

  • Thailand has achieved significant success in its comprehensive, long-term strategies against illegal drug abuse, trafficking, and production; however, its criminal laws, criminal justice institutions, and regulatory and investigative capabilities could be improved in order to respond more effectively to transnational and organized crime in the 21st century.
  • Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)  law enforcement and judicial system goals include countering the trafficking of illicit drugs, transnational crime, crisis management, government sector corruption, threats of terrorism, trafficking in persons, document fraud, intellectual property violations and money laundering.

Program Components/Accomplishments:

  • Regional Transnational Crime Affairs Section (TCAS) Director: The TCAS Director in Bangkok serves as INL’s primary program manager and policy expert in the field and is responsible for coordinating all INL programs in Thailand. In addition to bilateral duties, the TCAS Director serves as a regional advisor for other countries in Asia that do not have bilateral assistance programs.
  • Criminal Justice Sector and Law Enforcement Reform: INL funds a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) in Bangkok through the Department of Justice, and provides law enforcement technical assistance through various U.S. federal and U.S. state-level agencies (such as from Chicago, Los Angeles, and precincts in Washington State). INL plans to recruit a PSC Law Enforcement Advisor to be based in Bangkok. These advisors serve as the linchpins in our approach to address law enforcement and criminal justice sector reform. INL-funded programming promotes integrity and enhances the capacity, effectiveness, and accountability of both the Thai law enforcement sector and judicial system through trainings, seminars, and conferences. Programming utilizes USG and Royal Thai Government partners in order to accomplish INL’s mission.

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