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Anti-money laundering: Are we where we want to be?

America’s anti-money laundering (AML) system is designed to catch criminals and deter illicit activity. Since its inception in the 1960s, AML has grown beyond organized crime and tax evasion to combat drug dealers, human trafficking, and after September 11, 2001, terrorists. Today, AML compliance is a multi-billion-dollar industry generating millions of annual reports and is used in law enforcement cases spanning a wide range of activities.

New questions about AML’s goals, effectiveness, and impact on financial inclusion today have prompted proposals in Congress to modify AML in significant ways. On September 11, Brookings will convene current and former policy makers and leading thought leaders to examine whether we have arrived at the right place with our AML policy, and if not, what needs to change.

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Keynote speaker

Panel discussion

J.W. Verret

Associate Professor of Law - Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Juan Zarate

Chairman & Co-founder - Financial Integrity Network

former Deputy National Security Advisor to the President of the United States

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