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This afternoon, delegates from the United States, Mexico, Central America and other international partners discussed the key to ensuring security in the region: strong judicial systems that prosecute crime thus deterring illegal behavior. The U.S. commended regional governments' fight against corruption at all levels of society, which demonstrates a commitment to governance, transparency, and strong institutions.
Strong governance leads to a more secure and stable Central America while promoting the free flow of goods and services north and south and combatting the illicit movement of people and contraband.
Northern Triangle government officials committed to expanding and modernizing legal and financial instruments to combat money laundering and capitalize on asset forfeiture. Discussion also focused on law enforcement and prosecutorial best practices like support for attorneys general, strengthening court and penal systems, and the role of civil society and investigative journalism.
Global financial networks have changed the way we combat not only transnational criminal organizations but also everyday criminals. Delegates discussed increasing training for agents on how to follow money flows across borders and how to facilitate information sharing. The delegates also agreed international regulations are needed regarding crypto-currencies.
Additionally, having extradition policies in place among the United States and Central American and Mexican partners deters crime across the entire region.