This week, as part of a delegation of attorneys general from around our country, I met with Moroccan government officials in an effort to strengthen the working relationship between our countries and bolster efforts to combat human trafficking, cybercrimes and other transnational crimes. This outreach comes at an opportune moment as Morocco just last week implemented reforms that create an independent judiciary and public prosecution agency.
Morocco is a growing country with one of Africa’s largest seaports—located on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea near Spain and Portugal. Morocco’s geography and growing economy make it a potential pass-through for human traffickers and other transnational criminals trying to gain access to North America.
While in Morocco, our delegation shared criminal-interdiction strategies with the country’s top prosecutors and judicial officials. We met with Morocco’s Chief Prosecutor and Morocco’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in the capital city of Rabat. We discussed efforts to help human trafficking victims with the Moroccan National Human Rights Council. We met with the Minister of Justice, the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to discuss how our countries can work together to make the world safer. We also met with several Moroccan governors.
Transnational criminals have no respect for the rule of law or jurisdictional boundaries. Countering these criminals demands strong partnerships and international coordination. I am proud to share our successes and strategies along with my fellow attorneys general and Moroccan law enforcement and judicial officials. Working together we can fight transnational crime and make both our countries stronger.