Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison is traveling to Vientiane, Laos, May 19-21 to meet with the Lao Foreign Ministry, the Ministries of Public Security and Finance, and non-governmental organizations to advance U.S.-supported efforts to combat transnational crime.

Assistant Secretary Madison will then travel to Bangkok, Thailand to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Bangkok.  The Assistant Secretary will give remarks at a ceremony to celebrate both the ILEA’s 20th Anniversary and the opening of the newly renovated Academy facility.  She will also meet with senior ILEA leaders and the Royal Thai Police.

Established in 1998, the Thailand-hosted ILEA Bangkok serves as a training center for law enforcement from across Asia, providing expert U.S. instruction in key areas from wildlife trafficking to anticorruption.  The State Department, through INL, administers six such academies around the world to build the capacity of foreign criminal justice partners and strengthen international cooperation against transnational crime.

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