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Jessica Graham

Secretariat, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime


Jessica Graham has joined INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Programme as a Strategic Policy Advisor for wildlife security projects.  She is an expert on international policy and nontraditional security threats, including transnational organized crime and wildlife trafficking.  Jessica is a former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State where she created the environmental crime program for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs building a $100,000 program into a $40 million program annually to combat wildlife trafficking.  With nearly 10 years of dedicated experience working on environmental and security issues, Jessica has worked across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Previously she served as a chief negotiator for the U.S. government, championing key transnational organized crime resolutions in multilateral forums, including the UN Crime Commission.  As part of the former Presidential Task Force for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, Jessica coordinated and implemented USG efforts to strengthen law enforcement responses and develop capacity building across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Jessica received her Master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego where she studied International Politics, Environmental Policy, and Chinese Studies and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.  She is currently based in Lyon, France.

Jessica’s upcoming publication that she is co-authoring: “Using Script Analysis to Understand the Financial Crimes Involved in Wildlife Trafficking” submitted to Crime, Law and Social Change, Fall 2017.