Miami Law to Host Conference Examining Illicit Trafficking and National Security


Miami Law’s National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review will host the innovative and highly relevant symposium, “Illicit Trafficking and National Security,” on February 28, 2014.

The Symposium will focus on the evolution of transnational crime and the legal challenges Miami faces when combatting the illegal trafficking of people, weapons, money, and drugs from the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Participating panelists will give first-hand accounts of the legal challenges they face in tackling these issues. They will also present solutions for curbing the national security issues of this growing phenomenon as Miami continues to grow as the “Gateway City to Latin America.”

Among the panelists will be Marine Colonel Daniel Lecce, Staff Judge Advocate at the United States Southern Command; Coast Guard Captain James D. Carlson, Staff Judge Advocate, United States Coast Guard Seventh District; Mr. Jaime A. Raich, Deputy Chief, Major Crimes Section, United States Attorney’s Office (Miami); Mr. Jeremy Kuester, Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis; Dr. Roza Pati, Professor of Law & Director of Human Trafficking Academy at St. Thomas University School of Law; and Ms. Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice of National Security Affairs, National Defense University.

Panelists will also discuss how the scope of illicit trafficking is impacting all elements of our national security, from the military to law enforcement, and from the justice department to everyday citizens.

The symposium will be held at the University of Miami Student Activities Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information visit the Symposium tab of the NSAC webpage. RSVP to the event here:

The event is free and open to the public and parking is available at the Pavia Garage at 5615 Pavia Street.

For more information, contact Symposium Editor Michael Weiss at or Corey Gray at