On Fighting Evil: AFC vs. Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery

  • When: May 20, 2020
  • Time: 12PM – 2PM ET
  • Level: All

Migrant smuggling, forced labor and captive sex workers: All are examples of the horrific financial crime of human trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates human trafficking generates $150 billion annually worldwide — money that must be laundered. That puts anti-financial crime (AFC) specialists at the forefront of fighting these crimes, along with ACAMS, for whom battling human trafficking is a core corporate mission. Our panelists detail common financial typologies of traffickers, and analyze tools for combating them, including data-driven monitoring and partnering with law enforcement and NGOs.

Learning Objectives

  • Examining current human trafficking trends to enhance monitoring systems and data analytics to strengthen red flag detection and resolution
  • Reviewing relevant NGOs such as Stand Against Human Trafficking and Project Protect to enrich institutional knowledge and facilitate staff awareness training
  • Collaborating with peer groups and law enforcement to stay current on human trafficking trends, assess institutional risks and adjust oversight as warranted

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance Personnel
  • FIU/FCC Team Members
  • Law Enforcement
  • NGOs
  • IT Specialists

Region/Industries

  • Global
  • North America
  • Banking
  • Law Enforcement
  • NGOs
  • MSBs

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Moderator

Sherri Scott
  • Sherri Scott, CAMS-Audit

  • Agent

Bio

After completing her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Eastern Illinois University, Sherri worked as a bank regulator for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Her inquisitive nature led her to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Unit. Subsequent to the FBI, she returned to the banking industry and sharpened her skills where Sherri personally led the investigation of a multi-million dollar international fraud scheme that was bought to prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sherri is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and one of the few individuals to have both of the advanced CAMS certifications in Audit and Financial Crimes Investigations (FCI). The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) has published two of her white papers, “CannaBanking: Cultivating a Culture of Compliance” and “Cryptocurrency Compliance.

Speakers

Anita Alvarez
  • Anita Alvarez

  • Managing Director, Disputes and Investigations
  • Alvarez & Marsal

Bio

Anita Alvarez is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Disputes & Investigations in Chicago. She specializes in leading complex criminal investigations in the areas of public corruption, financial fraud and violent crimes.

Ms. Alvarez brings more than 30 years of legal and consulting experience including serving as the Cook County State’s Attorney (Chicago, IL) for eight years. In her capacity as State’s Attorney, she managed the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation with over 1,500 employees and an annual budget of approximately $100 million. Ms. Alvarez oversaw all legal and administrative activities, as well as the criminal prosecution of all felony and misdemeanor cases. Additionally, she served as Chief Legal Counsel for all matters related to county officials in their official capacity. Her extensive experience includes the investigation and prosecution of public corruption, financial fraud, and violent crimes.

In her tenure as State’s Attorney, Ms. Alvarez opened the first ever Human Trafficking Unit focused on combatting human trafficking both in the sex trade and the labor market. This led to the creation of the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force which is a comprised of both local and federal law enforcement as well as social service providers. This task force has become a model for the country. Additionally, she created the Cook County Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC) as a public/private partnership to combat financial schemes such as fencing, identity theft, money laundering and bank fraud. This task force was the first of its kind in the nation and created a unique collaboration between law enforcement and retailers. Additionally, in 2010, she established the Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit as a proactive unit to combat mortgage fraud.

Ms. Alvarez earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law. She is a Certified Title IX Investigator and is a member of both the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) She sits on the Board of Regents for Loyola University Chicago as well as serving as board member for Arrupe College. She is a member of The American College of Trial Lawyers and The Chicago Network (a professional women’s organization consisting of women leaders in business, the arts, government and academia)


Sarkis Mazraani
  • Sarkis Mazraani, CAMS

  • Anti Financial Crime Consultant
  • VALOORES Business Solutions

Bio

Sarkis Mazraani is experienced in Banking, Finance, Technology and Training since 1991. His expertise relates to Risk, Compliance, Anti Financial Crime, Anti Money Laundering, Combating the Finance of Terrorism, Fraud Investigation, Finance, Tax, Brokerage, Operations, Cyber Security and Resilience, IT Security, Crypto Currency, GDPR, Operational Risk and Governance. Sarkis is certified from ACAMS and Grant Thornton. He is an international conferences speaker and facilitator. He currently provides consultancies in the Middle East, Africa and North America.


Kristen Muzzy
  • Kristen Muzzy

  • CxO Professional & Human Trafficking Survivor

Bio

Ms Muzzy is a talented and courageous leader who has faced Great Suffering in her life only to rise above it all to find Great Love in her service to humanity. Kristen’s journey of survival, perseverance and hope illustrates how brokenness in one’s life can be healed through Divine Love flowing through trustworthy relationships.

Kristen has built her exceptional professional record upon decades of proven executive level leadership in finance & auditing, business development, business intelligence and analytics, manufacturing operations, public relations, sales, marketing, and software development with a variety of corporations. She has built a track record of building high-performing teams that achieve aggressive goals on tight schedules, along with a deep passion for making a difference for all people in the world. Her successful professional career combined with her personal story brings hope and tools to fight the atrocity of human trafficking and advocate for survivors.

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