Dominican Republic: Countering Financial Crime

In May and June 2015, the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo and NCSC partnered with the Office of the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic to deliver a comprehensive Training of Trainers Program to instructors from more than five Dominican justice, law enforcement and financial sector training institutions.

The program was held at the National School of the Attorney General in Santo Domingo, and replicated in the country’s second largest city, Santiago. Participants included the Director of the Financial Analysis Unit of the Attorney General, members of the judiciary, customs officials, banking regulators and representatives of civil society.

The Training of Trainers partnership aims to orient instructors in the techniques utilized in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of financial crimes, to introduce new teaching methods, and to increase inter-agency cooperation among participating institutions from the judiciary, law enforcement and the financial sector. Emphasizing a whole-of-government approach to counter the cross-cutting nature of organized criminal enterprise, the program seeks to create conditions for the design and implementation of practical tools to improve data collection and analysis, profile risk, and respond effectively to irregular activities.

The course was conducted by Marko Magdic, a lawyer and educator with more than 14 years in law enforcement and international cooperation to counter organized crime with the support of NCSC Principal Court Management Consultant, Alicia Davis. The participants evaluated the course favorably and committed to continued collaboration and advancement of efforts to counter financial crime in the country. Future coursework and follow-up activities are foreseen.