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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 18, 2000


International Crime Threat Assessment

Today the Clinton Administration is releasing the International Crime Threat Assessment, the most comprehensive treatment of this global problem released to date by the U.S. Government. Prepared pursuant to the President's International Crime Control Strategy, the new assessment addresses the full range of transnational crime activities on a worldwide basis.

The assessment represents a major step forward in our ongoing efforts to document the international crime problem and analyze the serious threat it poses to the United States. The new report is divided into five parts:

Key findings of the comprehensive assessment include the following:

The Administration believes that a better understanding and broader awareness of international crime -- by both governments and the publics they serve -- are essential if the world community is to improve the effectiveness of its efforts to combat this increasing global problem. The comprehensive assessment released today represents important progress towards this critical goal.

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