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For Immediate Release: June 01, 2011

Attorneys from 10 Countries to Attend International Legal Training Program Focused on Human Trafficking

Washington, DC---Twenty-two government attorneys from 10 countries have been chosen to participate in the inaugural International Fellows Program, June 4 – 12, as part of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI). Human trafficking will be the program’s primary focus. NAGTRI is providing a forum for elite government attorneys from around the world to learn from each other, explore common issues and establish an international network for the mutual benefit of their respective offices.

The countries represented are Bosnia, Canada, Czech Republic, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United States. The program agenda includes visits with leaders at the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and the Maryland and New York Attorney General’s Office. Attendees will be in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and New York for the training, including an ethics session at Columbia Law School.

“This program will provide a unique opportunity for the Fellows to learn from one another and develop common strategies to deal with the insidious and increasing problem of human trafficking,” said Chris Toth, NAGTRI director and deputy director of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). NAGTRI is NAAG’s research and training arm. “As the world shrinks, the need for sharing perspectives and increasing cooperation across borders grows.”

The international training program is being funded through a combination of grants from the NAAG Mission Foundation, the Alliance Partnership and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

NAGTRI’s international component started in 2009 but is expanding in 2011. In April 2009, NAGTRI trained 26 Mexican prosecutors in oral trial advocacy as Mexico switches to an adversarial system similar to the U.S. courts. It was done in conjunction with the U.S. – Mexico State Alliance Partnership and funded by USAID.

In June 2010, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between NAAG and the Iraq Jurists Union (IJU). The IJU is an organization that represents Iraqi government attorneys, including judges, prosecutors and attorney general equivalents. The goals of the MOU included the provision by NAAG of training and technical assistance to the IJU, as well as the exchange of personnel and ideas. It is the U.S. justice system that Iraq has chosen as a model as it rebuilds its legal system.

To begin the Iraqi training, as well as involve other international partners of NAAG, NAGTRI is launching its International Fellowship Program.

NAGTRI has trained thousands of assistant attorneys general in the United States in important legal topics such as charities fraud, e-discovery, computer forensics for attorneys, predatory lending, ethics, bankruptcy, trial advocacy, depositions, negotiations and management, among others. NAGTRI courses, mobile trainings and other information is available at http://www.naag.org/nagtri-courses.php

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The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.

NAGTRI was established in 2007 and serves as the research and training arm of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Its mission is to provide high quality, responsive, and innovative training to assistant attorneys general and to provide intellectually adept research on issues of concern and interest to the NAAG membership.

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