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Meeting the Challenge of Transnational Crime

NCJ Number
National Institute of Justice Journal Dated: July 2000 Pages: 2-7
Date Published
July 2000
6 pages
Publication Series
This discussion of transnational crime focuses on the problems created by a global economy, increased immigration, and improved communications technology and on the role of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) International Center in stimulating and facilitating research and evaluation on transnational and comparative crime and justice issues.
Most of the causes of transnational crime are similar to the factors that drive crime in general. The globalization of the economy, increased numbers and heterogeneity of immigrants, and improved communications facilitate crime or provide criminal opportunities, but they do not cause transnational crime. The challenges involved in preventing and controlling transnational crime stem from varied cultural and societal conditions and from the national orientations of laws and law enforcement. Programs of NIJ’s International Center include the International Challenge Grants, which have funded joint comparative and transnational studies; International Visiting Fellowships; and the World Justice Information Network, which links some 6,000 criminal justice scholars and practitioners from more than 100 countries. Information dissemination takes place through meetings and publications. Thus, the NIJ International Center advances awareness of transnational crimes and knowledge of how to respond to them. Reference notes and list of three sources of additional information

Date Published: July 1, 2000