Monday, December 18, 2000
Volume 36, Issue 50; ISSN: 0511-4187
Statement on action against international crime
William J Clinton
� December 15, 2000
� The growing reach of international crime poses threats to American
citizens and American interests, both at home and abroad. Illegal
activity from terrorism to trafficking in arms, drugs, or humans
violates our values and threatens our safety. Intellectual property
prosperity and undercut public confidence in democracy and free
markets around the world.
� To confront these challenges, today I am pleased to announce
several important initiatives in our ongoing efforts to combat
� First, we are releasing a comprehensive International Crime Threat
Assessment, prepared at my direction, as part of our International
Crime Control Strategy adopted in May, 1998. The new assessment
highlights the global dimensions of international crime and the ways
this pervasive problem threatens U.S. interests. This broader
understanding is necessary if we, together with our international
partners, are to strengthen our response to this global problem.
� Second, earlier this week in Palermo, Italy, the United States
joined many other countries in signing the United Nations Convention
on Transnational Organized Crime, along with two supplementary
protocols on migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons. By
harmonizing criminal laws and promoting increased cooperation, the
community to better combat international organized crime.
� Third, the Departments of State and Justice are establishing a
Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons Coordination Center.
The Center will integrate and improve our efforts to counter these
distinct but related global crime problems. The Center also will
promote and assist increased efforts by foreign governments and
international organizations to combat these problems.
� The United States is strongly committed to strengthening our
international crime control programs to achieve a world of greater
safety, prosperity, and justice. We urge the international community
to join us in enhancing our common efforts to advance these common