Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity to Hold Inaugural Conference
New York, May 21, 2014—Experts from federal, state, and local law enforcement and government will gather at Columbia Law School on May 30 for the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity’s inaugural conference, which is designed to offer practical skills to practitioners combating corruption.
The conference, “Busting Graft and Boosting Budgets: How Oversight Authorities Can Expand Their Arsenals Through Asset Forfeiture and Other Tools,” is co-sponsored by the Association of Inspectors General. It will feature expert presentations and panel discussions designed to educate state and local law enforcement officials and inspectors general about the benefits of asset forfeiture, which is the process prosecutors use to confiscate profits from crimes. Under the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program, local partners can reap a percentage of the funds recovered from crimes if they participate in an investigation or prosecution.
- study corruption and accountability at the municipal level around the world;
- build and support a vibrant community of leaders in the public integrity field through the center’s website and by hosting public and private events;
- develop tools and resources to help governments fight corruption; and
- advance research and scholarship on important public integrity issues