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Cuba/United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Law Enforcement Matters

(Jan. 24, 2017) On January 16, 2017, authorities from Cuba and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at fostering collaboration on a number of law enforcement matters. (Press Release, United States and Cuba to Sign Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding (Jan. 16, 2017), U.S. Embassy in Cuba website.) The MOU was signed by Cuba’s Minister of the Interior, Julio César Gandarilla, and the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Cuba, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, and provides that the two countries will cooperate in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting a number of criminal activities, including:

  • terrorism;
  • trafficking in narcotics and other substances used for illicit purposes;
  • cybercrime;
  • smuggling of migrants
  • forgery of travel documentation;
  • human trafficking;
  • asset laundering; and
  • trafficking in contraband goods, such as firearms, ammunition, cash money, explosives, or items related to cultural heritage and unlawful trade in wild fauna and flora. (Id.)

The MOU also indicates that the governments of Cuba and the United States intend to exchange information, share good practices, and coordinate operations aimed at investigating criminal activities through a variety of means, including “the possibility of designating liaison officers in their respective territories, using bilateral arrangements or operational procedures.”  (Id.)