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Golden Hydra report launch: how LatAm's TBA funds threats with $43B a year

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

The Tri-Border Area (‘TBA’) that straddles the intersection of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil is considered the “Golden Hydra,” as it is the lucrative regional entry point of many “heads” of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) adn foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) that all lead to the underworld of illicit trade for more than forty years. The TBA has become a regional crime fusion center where corrupt politicians work with drug cartels from Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, as well as organized crime groups from China, in conjunction with a large Lebanese merchant community, part of which gives support to Hezbollah. This report directly informs the mandate of Section 204 of HIFPA 2017: it identifies enforcement gaps and spaces for solutions to the illicit funding of Hezbollah and other groups, which use the $43 billion a year they are making there to threaten and kill citizens of the US and its allies across the globe.

Asymmetrica is grateful to the Counter-Extremism Project, who provided the grant for the study.

When and Where:

  • May 15th, 2018, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Rayburn House Office Building, room 2237

Please note room has been changed to a larger one to meet anticipated demand.

There will a heavy media presence and event will be filmed, so please arrive on time to get through building security and take your seat before 2 p.m.

Who is speaking:

We are honored to present as keynote speaker Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), who serves on both the Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and the Judiciary Committee.

Event will be emceed by Dr. Vanessa Neumann, president of Asymmetrica, and report co-author, as well as author of "Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists."

Introductory remarks will be made by Mr. Joseph Humire, executive director of Center for a Secure Free Society.

Panelists include:

  • Mr. Stuart Page, report co-author, and former two-time Assistant Secretary in Australia's DFAT, former special advisor to the government of Peru, current trustee of UNICRI

  • Mr. Derek Maltz, former head of the DEA's Special Operations Division

  • Mr. David Daoud, Counter-Extremism Project's Hezbollah expert

  • Mr. José Luis Stein, Vice President for Latin America and the
    Caribbean, Financial Integrity Network (FIN)




Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, but the topics covered are not appropriate for children. Furthermore, there is airport style security to enter the building. Though it is not the norm, they may well ask to to see ID. We will also give priority of entry to those who have confirmed their attendance beforehand.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Rayburn House Office Building is a short walk from the Capitol South Metro Station, served by the Blue, Orange and Silver metro lines.

What can I bring into the event?

The building has airport style security, with X-ray machines and metal detectors, so you cannot bring anything that could be used as a weapon.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email the organizers at: info@asymmetrica.net Or you can Tweet us at: @Asymmetrica_

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Your name will be on a printed list kept by the organizers outside the meeting room, Rayburn 2237.