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AG Kilmartin Appointed as Vice-Chair for Eastern Region of National Association of Attorneys General

Kilmartin to Host Meeting of International Association of Prosecutors in August

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin was recently appointed as vice-chair for the Eastern Region for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). The appointment was announced at the NAAG Annual meeting which was held last week in Boston, MA.

The Eastern Region includes Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

As vice-chairman, Kilmartin will work with chair Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to set the policy agenda for the Eastern Region.

"I look forward to working with Attorney General Coakley and my fellow attorneys general to develop policies and best practices on issues that are specific to this region," said AG Kilmartin.

In addition, Kilmartin serves as the NAAG representative to the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), a non-governmental and non-political international organization of prosecutors.

Attorney General Kilmartin will host the IAP's North American and Caribbean Regional Conference in Providence this August 8th and 9th. The two-day conference will cover best practices for several international law enforcement and prosecution issues including human trafficking, intellectual property theft, cybercrime, and weapons and drug trafficking.

"This is only the third occasion on which we have held a North American and Caribbean Regional Conference. The previous two were in Bermuda and Quebec, so it will be our first Regional Conference in the United States," said IAP President James Hamilton. "I see it as an opportunity for us to strengthen our position in North America and am very much looking forward to the conference in Rhode Island."

The IAP was established in June 1995 at the United Nations offices in Vienna and was formally inaugurated in September 1996 at its first General Meeting in Budapest. The main impetus leading to its formation was the rapid growth in serious transnational crime, particularly drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud. The need was perceived for greater international co-operation between prosecutors and for greater speed and efficiency in mutual assistance, asset tracking and other international co-operative measures.

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