Fighting Transnational Crime Together
38th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference
15th - 18th October 2017
Hilton Hotel, Panama City, Panama

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38th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference

Theme: Taking Action Against Transnational Crime
Date: 15th – 18th October 2017
Location: Hilton Panama, Panama City

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What to expect

The 38th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference will take place from October 15th – 18th 2017 at the Hilton Panama, Panama City, Republic of Panama.

A panel of renowned international, regional speakers, local speakers and experts will be sharing their knowledge with the diverse group of delegates who are expected to attend the 38th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference.

Delegates will include:

  • Representatives of Crime Stoppers programmes from around the world
  • Representatives from global, regional and Panamanian law enforcement agencies
  • Representatives from global, regional and Panamanian NGO’s
  • Representatives from global, regional and Panamanian business and media organisations

An overview of the Conference Agenda is as follows:

Sunday 15th October 2017
Conference registration desk opens

Day 1 – Monday 16th October 2017
A day of training for Crime Stoppers personnel and programmes. Topics to be covered: a new marketing paradigm, social media, managing tips, working with the media.

Day 2 – Tuesday 17th October 2017
The Conference will be officially opened in the morning, followed by an understanding of illicit trade and IP Crime and linkages to organised crime.

Highlights will be: the signing of an MOU to establish a Crime Stoppers programme in Panama, perspectives from various brand owners, detection and enforcement strategies, making Crime Stoppers work in Latin America.

Day 3 – Wednesday 18th October 2017
On the final day, political and legal considerations of fighting illicit trade will be examined as well as other transnational crimes such as human trafficking and cybercrime.

Please visit the link below to download the provisional agenda
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Desired Outcomes

  1. The official launch of a Crime Stoppers programme in Panama
  2. Government and law enforcement officials who are engaged and committed to working with Crime Stoppers
  3. Business organisations that are engaged and committed to supporting Crime Stoppers
  4. Firm interest from other regional governments and law enforcement agencies in Central and South America to establish Crime Stoppers programmes in their countries
  5. Representatives of Crime Stoppers programmes who are more informed on crime trends and are committed to using the acquired knowledge to better mobilise their communities to report information anonymously

Conference & Hotel Registration

Delegate Fees:

  • Affiliated Crime Stoppers programmes after September 15th – US$695.00
  • Non-affiliated organisations – US$695.00
  • Spouses / Companions – US$400.00

Hotel Costs:

  • Special room rates from US$139.00 (single occupancy, inclusive of breakfast) – 10% tax not included

Daily participation is now available!

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Topics to be covered:

  • Detection, investigation and enforcement
  • Anti-illicit trade strategies
  • Perspectives of brand owners from the apparel, personal care and tobacco sectors
  • Introducing anonymous reporting in Latin America

Speakers will include:

  • Stephen Shapiro, Supervising Special Agent, FBI
  • Todd Reves, Regional Intellectual Property Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
  • Marissa Lasso de la Vega, Chairman, Anti-Illicit Trade Commission of Panama
  • Sergio Naranjo & Bob Van den Berghe, Regional Coordinators, UNODC ROPAN
  • Judith Fernandez, Regional Director of Legal Affairs, ASW Group
  • Julie Mejia, Brand Protection Latin America, Proctor & Gamble

Fee : US$295.00

Additional: Networking Reception US$60.00

Register now for day 2 only!


Wednesday 18th October 2017

Topics to be covered:

  • Political & Legal Considerations
  • Unique approaches to combating human trafficking and illicit trade
  • The impact of transnational crime on our communities
  • Creative solutions to engage communities to take action against transnational crime

Speakers will include:

  • Hugo Moran, Partner – Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman
  • Amado de Andres, Representative for Central America & the Caribbean, UNODC ROPAN
  • Jorge Ortega & Bruno Giordano, Burson-Marsteller
  • Ulrika Bonnier, Director, Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade
  • Nancy Rivard, President, Airline Ambassadors International

Fee : US$295.00

Additional: President’s Dinner US$125.00

Register now for day 3 only!

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