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IMA Webinar Broadcast: United to Safeguard America from Illegal Trade

June 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Illegal trade can take many nefarious forms, all of which are linked by shadowy webs of bad actors. However, no single company, industry, or government can solve this complicated issue on its own. Combating illegal trade necessitates collaboration and public-private partnerships, as well as the full utilization of existing skills, information exchange, innovative solutions, and changing technologies. All public actors, as well as the private sector and civil society, have a role to play. Raising awareness is an important part of the battle against illegal trade and a crucial component of the USA-IT coalition.

USA-IT, in partnership with Infragard, will host a 2 hour webinar featuring key experts to discuss the issue of illegal trade, its impact on communities, its connections to criminal offenses, the way it is evolving as a result of new technologies, and how we can work together to combat this problem. The webinar will take a broad approach to the topic of illegal trade and will include representatives from various industries such as apparel, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, and so on, in order to provide a unified explanation of who this issue impacts and how it affects everyone. The webinar is intended to resonate with a national audience––composed of industry leaders/representatives, law enforcement officials, trade organizations, and other groups recommended by Infragard.

Hernan Albamonte, Philip Morris International
International executive with solid business acumen across government relations, regulatory and fiscal affairs, anti-illicit trade strategies, new and innovative technologies, international trade, communications and crisis management.

Matt Albence, Grindstone Strategic Consulting
Retired from federal law enforcement after a highly decorated 26-year career spanning a career from an entry level Special Agent to the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Bill Schenkelberg, NH Infragard President
28+ years in Law enforcement, the last 6 being in private security.

Who Can Attend:
Open to anyone. Particularly aimed toward experts in law enforcement and academia would also be invited to focus the webinar on how this issue has consequences for communities and individuals, as well as why it is important to bring this to the public’s attention and to the government’s agenda. As such, Infragard and USA-IT would work jointly in disseminating the invitation of the webinar through each party’s established networks.