ILEA Background Information


Prepared by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

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I. Trajectory of the ILEAs around the world -1995 to 2005

● What is the ILEA? It is the International Law Enforcement Academy. The first ILEA was opened in Budapest, Hungary in 1995 with the objective of training officers from Central end Eastern Europe as well as those from the new independent states, including Russia. According to the U.S. State Department web page, the original objective of the ILEA was to help protect U.S. interests through international cooperation in combating organized crime while at the same time promoting social, political, and economic stability.

The ILEA-Budapest was considered the "model" for thefollowing ILEAs. Until 2005 there were four ILEAs operating in the world: Budapest, Hungary;Bangkok, Thailand;Botswana, Africa and Roswell, NewMexico.

● According to State Department information used to promotethe ILEA, the ILEAs offer two types of courses or trainings, basic andadvanced. The basic course is offered consecutively for 6-8 weeks to mid-levelheads of police, attorney generals, court judges and other officials who workin the law enforcement field of criminal justice. The advanced courseconcentrates on terrorism, organized crime, financial law, nuclear contraband,drug trafficking, money laundering and any other relevant topic related to theapplication of the law.

● The primary Director of the ILEA comes from the U.S. StateDepartment, the U.S. Department of Justice, or from the U.S. TreasuryDepartment. Instructors are chosen among several U.S. federal agencies including theFBI, the State Department, Diplomatic Security, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and U.S. Customs among others. A number of lawenforcement agencies within the participating nations also provide instructors.

● Each ILEA is run by a joint committee comprised ofprofessionals from both the well as the host nation. Together they determine the norms to be applied inthe creation of global policies for each academy. Funding for classes andoverall program come directly from the U.S. government, particularly theInternational Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL) of the StateDepartment. The government of ElSalvador provides funding for the ILEAfacilities.

● On May 8, 1997 at a Summitin San Jos

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