International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
The Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) plays a major role in developing policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. Dedicated to strengthening criminal justice systems, countering the flow of illegal narcotics, and minimizing transnational crime, INL plays a key role in leading the development and synchronization of U.S. international law enforcement policies and assistance. INL's mission is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States and its citizens through providing effective foreign assistance and through fostering global cooperation.
Tajikistan is an integral link in the illicit trafficking of opiates from Afghanistan to Russia and Europe, and it interdicts more Afghan heroin than all other Central Asian countries combined. Through its foreign assistance programs, INL continues to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives of disrupting extremist and criminal organizations, ensuring peace and stability, and advocating just and democratic governance.
The Mission’s INL Office coordinates and implements law enforcement, border security and criminal justice technical assistance programs in Tajikistan funded by the Department of State according to a U.S./Tajik bilateral agreement. The Office works closely with the Committee for National Security, the Border Guard Service, the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor General’s Office, Drug Control Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Customs Service and other agencies to combat terrorism, organized crime, narcotics, corruption, trafficking in persons and to promote justice sector reform and rule of law.
The INL Office in Dushanbe is headed by a Foreign Service Officer and includes a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor, who is a retired Resident Legal Advisor and FBI special agent with years of experience in criminal investigation, a Construction Engineer, an entry-level Foreign Service Officer, and local Tajik program managers. The office focuses on police training, community policing, police reform, border security, trafficking in persons, domestic violence, counternarcotics programs, rule of law, and anti-crime programs.
INL also funds rule of law activities implemented by the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI).
Senior Narcotics Officer, Linda Recht
Narcotics Affairs Officer, Zachary Barter
The Advisor provides advice on and implements selected law enforcement, counternarcotics, counterterrorism, and border security programs in Tajikistan. The Advisor makes recommendations to the Government of Tajikistan and international partners to improve professional law enforcement standards, training curricula, and educational institutions within the framework of democratic principles and rule of law.
The Advisor coordinates with Tajikistan government ministries and agencies and international organization including the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Border Guards, Drug Control Agency, and UNODC, IOM, OSCE and the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative.