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The Impact of COVID-19 on Illicit Trade Networks  

Experts discussed how transnational organized crime groups and illegal markets are evolving amid the pandemic.

10 to 11 am ET

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Overview

In 2020 illicit trade cost the world over $2.2 trillion as the pandemic provided transnational organized crime groups new opportunities to traffic in everything from illicit consumer goods to face masks and medicine. How is COVID-19 changing the nature of illicit trade? What are the risks at a time when governments are desperate for revenue and extra resources? How can illicit trade best be curbed at a time when authorities have so many other priorities? Experts will share best practices as they discuss the lessons the pandemic has taught us thus far.

Speakers:

  • Angélica Durán-Martínez, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Fernando Vieira, External Affairs Director, Philip Morris Brazil
  • Maurício Vieira, Chair on Combating and Preventing Illicit Trade and Transnational Organized Crime, University for Peace @mauric_
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly @brazilbrian (moderator)

To register, please contact Leonie Rauls at lrauls@as-coa.org.

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Speakers

Angélica Durán-Martínez
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Angélica Durán-Martínez is an associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a co-director of its global studies Ph.D. program. Her research focuses on organized crime, political, and criminal violence, and the state in Latin America. Durán...

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Fernando Vieira
External Affairs Director, Philip Morris Brazil

Fernando Vieira is the external affairs director at Philip Morris Brasil, a position he has held since 2016. He leads the affiliate’s efforts in areas including communications, government relations, science, sustainability, fiscal affairs, and illicit trade prevention. Prior to...

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Maurício Vieira
Chair on Combating and Preventing Illicit Trade and Transnational Organized Crime, University for Peace

Maurício Vieira is an assistant professor and the chair on countering and preventing illicit trade and transnational organized crime at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. He is also a research associate at the Nationalities Observatory and the Laboratory on the Study of...

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Brian Winter
Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst, and speaker, he has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years. Winter spent a decade...

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