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Our Mission

INL works to keep Americans safe by countering crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) marks its 40th anniversary in 2018.

Key Topics

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The U.S. Department of State plays a key role within the U.S. whole-of-government effort to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, aiming to stop illicit opioids from being produced overseas and trafficked into the United States. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of U.S. overdose cases involving synthetic opioids increased by nearly 640 percent. Over 42,000 Americans died from overdosing on opioids in 2016 alone, and preliminary data for 2017 is even more alarming. Due to the robust interagency efforts of the Trump Administration, the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to plateau – the trend of rising overdose deaths has started to bend in the right direction. But much more work remains to be done.

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Combating Crime and Corruption

INL builds the ability of partner nations, as well as regional and global capacity, to combat criminal activity that can harm American citizens and national security. It does so largely through international training and mentoring programs, as well as the development of legal and institutional frameworks and relationships that enable diplomatic and law enforcement collaboration across borders.

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Addressing Illicit Drug Challenges

The detrimental impact of drug abuse, drug trafficking and related violence do not stop at national borders. In line with the most recent White House National Drug Control Strategy, INL provides full-spectrum support to foreign law-enforcement partners, many of which face serious challenges from drug-trafficking organizations. INL’s Aviation program helps counter-narcotics police reach remote areas where drugs are grown and processed as well as improving their ability to interdict illicit shipments. INL also works with partner governments to implement drug prevention and treatment programs and develop effective tools to prosecute drug traffickers, seize their assets and limit their ability to influence state institutions.

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Through innovative engagement with international organizations, INL promotes U.S. anti-crime and drug control standards and best practices that assist and provide models for foreign governments in dismantling and disrupting organized criminal groups. INL actively recruits state and local law enforcement, departments of corrections and legal agencies (e.g. state attorneys general and district attorneys) into our criminal justice assistance programs.

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Supporting Rights and Justice

INL manages the U.S. Department of State’s foreign assistance resources dedicated to the development of criminal justice systems and the establishment of the rule of law abroad, focusing on “cops, courts and corrections.”

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