Homeland Security Targets Criminal Smuggling Organizations and U.S. Lists Two Guatemalan Officials under Global Magnitsky Act for Corruption

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Bruce Zagaris

On April 27, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new counter-network targeting operation focused on transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) affiliated with the smuggling of migrants.[1] On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned one current and one former Guatemalan government official for their roles in corruption in Guatemala.[2]

[1]    Homeland Security Administration, HS Announces Operation to Target Criminal Smuggling Organizations, Arp. 27, 2021.

[2]    U.S. Department of Treasury, Treasury Sanctions Current and Former Guatemalan Officials for Engaging in Corrupt Activities, Apr. 26, 2021 https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0147.