Presentation on theme: "The Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN)"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN) Evert van der Steeg
2 What benefits can it bring to you? CARINWhat is it?How was it developed?How does it work?What benefits can it bring to you?
3 What benefits can it bring to you? CARINWhat is it?How was it developed?How does it work?What benefits can it bring to you?
4 CARINCARIN is an informal network of English speaking judicial and law enforcement practitioners, who are expert in the field of asset tracing, freezing, seizure and confiscation
5 Why was there a Need for a Network? The cross border fight against international crime receives support from many Framework Decisions and International ConventionsIn practice, these measures can only be applied with good cross border, inter-agency co-operationThe human element always plays a key role
6 The idea for CARIN was born The History of CARINAt a Confiscation seminar in 2002, one of the workshop recommendations was the creation of an informal network of experts in the field of asset forfeiture.The idea for CARIN was born
7 Structure, Aims and Objectives 2 contacts from each member jurisdiction or organisationSteering Group – 9 membersPresidency - AnnualEuropol - permanent SecretariatEurojust - SG observers
8 Structure, Aims and Objectives CARIN ManualThe aim of CARIN is to increase the effectiveness of members’ efforts on a multi-agency basis, in depriving criminals of their illicit profits9 Objectives to meet the aimIn Seeking to meet its aim, CARIN will:Establish a network of contact pointsFocus on the proceeds of all crimes, within the scope of international obligationsEstablish itself as a centre of expertise on all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crimeUndertake to make recommendations to relevant bodies, relating to all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crimeAct as an advisory group to other appropriate authoritiesPromote the exchange of information and good practiceFacilitate, where possible, training in all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crimeEmphasise the importance of cooperation with the private sector in achieving its aimEncourage members to establish national asset recovery offices
9 CARIN network : 56 Current Members and Observers Development of CARINCARIN network : 56 Current Members and ObserversNon-Law Enforcement bodies offered Membership with Associate status e.g. World Bank, IMF, UNODCAs the benefits of co-operation between members are discovered at an operational level, the interest in CARIN has continued to increase.
10 57 Members as of June 2010 48 Countries / Jurisdictions: Albania, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America48 Countries / Jurisdictions:9 International Organisations:Europol, Egmont Group, Eurojust, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Monetary Fund ( IMF), Interpol, OLAF, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Bank
11 International Organisations as Observers Europol – SecretariatEurojust – Permanent Observers on the Steering GroupInterpolOLAFUNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)EGMONT GROUPICC
12 Annual General Meetings were held in 2005 - Ireland 2006 - Austria Development of CARINAnnual General Meetings were held inNetherlandsIrelandAustriaUKFranceUSACzech RepublicBulgariaThe purpose of these Annual Plenaries was to discuss 'best practice' and 'barriers to cooperation' in relation to confiscating the proceed of crimeAt each meeting, the workshops produced recommendations. These have been acted on by CARIN members
13 New CARIN Style Networks Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN)Secretariat located at EuropolAsset Recovery Inter-Agency Network Southern Africa (ARINSA)Secretariat located at the South African National Asset Forfeiture UnitRed de Recuperacion de Activos de GAFISUD (RRAG)Secretariat located at the GAFISUD Secretariat OfficeThe next Regional CARIN style network proposed is in the ASEAN region - ARINSEA
14 What Benefits Can it Bring to you? CARINWhat is it?How was it developed?How does it work?What Benefits Can it Bring to you?
15 CARIN focuses on ALL CRIMES, including corruption How does it work?CARIN focuses on ALL CRIMES, including corruptionCARIN as a network has no legal basisCARIN contacts are not linked electronicallyThe CARIN contacts list forms the basis of the networkInformal network – formal channelsThe Network Contacts are the practitioners in the field
16 Operational Involvement How does it work?Operational InvolvementCARIN contacts provide general information on the possibilities in their own jurisdictionsAnd facilitate the effective exchange of information and intelligence where necessaryCARIN is Primarily an Operational support toolDuring 2007 the CARIN network made and received over 400 requests for assistance in tracing and restraining criminal proceeds. These requests vary from single asset tracing requests to support with complete confiscation investigations.
17 Strategic Involvement How does it work?Strategic InvolvementCARIN contacts undertake to meet all the strategic objectives in the CARIN Manual for their own jurisdictionsMeet at an Annual Conference and (in workshops) make recommendations to overcome barriers and problemsThe use of taxation powers should be part of an overall strategy to tackle the proceeds of crime (2005)Investigators tracing the proceeds of serious or organised crime should have a means of access to taxation and social welfare records (2005)CARIN contact points should establish a domestic network for the exchange of information in relation to CARIN issues (2005)Law enforcement authorities should have quick or direct access to databases...companies, bank accounts, land registry (2006)In advance of a formal request, the CARIN network should cooperate closely with FIU, law enforcement and judicial authorities, to the fullest extent possible, including use of temporary suspension powers (2006)Raise awareness that financial investigations should be a consideration at the commencement of a serious criminal investigationThere is a need for measures to prevent dissipation of assets in the period between the moment you locate the assets and the execution of the MLA (2007)
18 What benefits can it bring to you? CARINWhat is it?How was it developed?How does it work?What benefits can it bring to you?
19 What Benefits Can CARIN Bring to you? General advice and guidance on asset recovery in member jurisdictionsFacilitate, where possible, training in all aspects of asset recoveryFacilitate the exchange of operational requests between your investigators and prosecutors and other CARIN member jurisdictionsAccess to the FCIC website containing all general CARIN information
20 CARIN Contacts Evert van der Steeg +3158 234 1174 or +316 1500 5630 Czech Republic CARIN Presidency 2010Ms. Svetlana KlouckovaCARIN SecretariatJill Thomas