Message from the Executive Director
More years ago than I care to admit, I tried my very first case as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan. The case focused on a bribery scheme in which a New York City employee tampered with property tax records. It was not only my first trial, but my first collaboration with the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI), whose talented agents initiated and investigated the case. I learned many, many things from that experience, not the least of which were that combating corruption is an enormous challenge in a city the size of New York, effectively meeting that challenge requires constant vigilance, innovation, and determination, and the Department of Investigation does incredible work in this regard. In other words, I am a DOI fan from way back.
For this reason, among many others, I have been thrilled to take part in this important and groundbreaking venture: a partnership with DOI and Columbia Law School to support public integrity professionals in the critical work they do every day. In the first months of CAPI’s operations I was lucky enough to meet more of these people—the men and women who devote their considerable skills and energies toward increasing integrity in government. Of course, I wanted to collect ideas about how CAPI could best help their efforts, but, in the process of speaking to practitioners, scholars, and others in the field, I learned much more. Practitioners are not only finding and combating corruption, they are equally dedicated to preventing it through creative proactive measures. Scholars are conducting groundbreaking research that is starting to clarify some of the root causes of corruption and potential solutions. And nongovernmental organizations worldwide are shining a light on particularly troublesome areas in the United States and around the globe to bring much-needed attention to the seemingly intractable problem of public corruption.
To these practitioners, civil society members, and scholars: CAPI is for you. We are highlighting your terrific work so that your colleagues around the globe can learn from what you do so well. We are helping practitioners benefit from corruption research and scholarship, and scholars develop new lines of inquiry through dialogue with practitioners. We have created a place to find—in a few clicks—the most current and important news in the corruption world, the most useful tools, the most interesting features, and a place where you can connect with other public integrity professionals. In essence, we serve as a platform for this community so that through collaboration we all can respond more effectively to the global threat that public corruption continues to pose.
Please join us. Become a member of our global community of corruption fighters, check out our website, attend our events (or watch them online!), and don’t forget to let us know what you think. Thanks for visiting.