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Countering Transnational Organized Crime participants, Roselyn Andrada Borja, director III of the Internal Affairs Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency in the Philippines and Eriks Cerpe, chief inspector of the State Police of Latvia, talk about drug trafficking trends in their countries during a panel discussion April 12 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. (Marshall Center photo by Karl-Heinz Wedhorn /RELEASED)

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (April 13, 2016) –  Countering Transnational Organized Crime participants, Roselyn Andrada Borja, director III of the Internal Affairs Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency in the Philippines and Eriks Cerpe, chief inspector of the State Police of Latvia, talk about drug trafficking trends in their countries during a panel discussion April 12 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Professor Steven R. Monaco was the moderator for the panel.

Borja and Cerpe are among the 84 participants from 59 countries attending CTOC.

Class Composition/demographics are: 42 are from the military in ranks Officer 01 to 07, and one Warrant Officer; 45 are civilian; 72 males and 15 females; 13 alumni. Combatant Commands represented: 12 from U.S. Africa Command; five from U.S. Central Command; 31 from U.S. European Command; 11 from U.S. Northern Command; 12 from U.S. Pacific Command; and, 16 from U.S. Southern Command. Organizations: 42 from the Ministry of Defense; one from Defense Security Cooperation Agency Regional Center; three from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 18 from Ministry of Interior; one from Judicial Branch; two from Ministry of Justice; two from Legislative Branch; seven from cabinet-level ministries; and, 10 from police organizations.

Held twice a year at the Marshall Center, CTOC focuses on 21st century national security threats as a result of illicit trafficking and other criminal activities.

CTOC began April 6 and will end April 21.

On April 13, participants studied “Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling” from CTOC Course Director Professor Steven R. Monaco and Italian navy Rear Adm. (Ret.) Alberto Cervone, former Marshall Center professor of security studies and Italian Defense Chair.

For the rest of the week, participants will hear the following presentations: “European Responses to Migrant Smuggling” by Carl Stiffler from DHS and Europol; “Cyber Crime” from Marshall Center Professor Phil Lark; “Trafficking in Scarce and Protected Resources;” and, “Weapons of Mass Destruction Trafficking” by Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Frye from U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Follow this event on Marshall Center Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag: #CTOC16_7

Photos from course can be found on the Marshall Center Photo Gallery.