October 15, 2021

DOJ opens hotline for reporting corruption and money laundering in Central America

On October 15, 2021, the US Department of Justice launched a new tip line for individuals to report possible corruption or money laundering related to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  Information sent to the tip line email address will be reviewed by the DOJ’s Northern Triangle Anticorruption Task Force, which was established in June 2021.  If the Task Force identifies a jurisdictional link to the United States, through the use of the US financial system or otherwise, the DOJ will investigate and potentially prosecute those involved. 

The Northern Triangle Anticorruption Task Force pulls members from different subject matter units within the DOJ:  the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit of the Fraud Section, the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative in the International Unit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, and the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section.  Its goal is to prosecute corruption cases within the region.  As stated in the DOJ press release, such efforts are “part of the Administration’s commitment to consistently engage in the region to address the root causes of migration.”

DOJ press release | DOJ press release (Joint Task Force Alpha)