Vincentian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program to Combat Transnational Crime

Carla James (right) meets with U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela before her departure.

April 15, 2019

Vincentian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program to Combat Transnational Crime

Carla James is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  She is taking part in a multi-regional project “Towards a More Safe and Secure World – Cooperative Efforts in Combating Transnational Crime” from April 13 to May 4.

Carla is the Executive Director of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Ms. James has also been a Magistrate for two years in the Kingstown Magistrate Court and Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). In her capacity as Director of the FIU, Carla consistently tackled the challenge of money laundering, leading the Civil Asset Recovery Division in a way that brought results. During the program, she and other participants will explore the role of law enforcement to detect, investigate, and prosecute various transnational crimes. She will also observe ways in which American policy makers and law enforcement agencies can collaborate with international partners to counter transnational threats; and explore initiatives that seek to identify and address root causes of crime, such as poverty and lack of educational opportunities.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The program brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn how U.S. experts in their profession operate, and to share best practices with the other program fellows who hail from the same region and across the globe.