Kenneth Blanco, Acting Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, will be in Argentina on November 5-8 to lead the U.S. delegation to the Bilateral Dialogue on Illicit Finance (AUDIF). In 2016, the Argentine and U.S. governments created the Argentine-U.S. dialogue on Illicit Finance. The first meeting of the dialogue was held in Buenos Aires on November 22, 2016. The second meeting took place in Washington DC on March 24, 2017, and the third one will be held on November 6-7, 2017.
This bilateral initiative seeks mainly to identify threats and vulnerabilities in the areas of money laundering and terrorist financing that could undermine the economic and financial order, two issues that are of interest to both countries in order to implement strategies and initiatives to fight these crimes.
Acting Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice
Mr. Blanco was appointed to the position of Acting Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, in April 2008. After graduating from Georgetown Law Center in 1989, Mr. Blanco began his career at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office where he served in various sections including the Organized Crime Section, Public Corruption Section and the Major Narcotics Section. In 1998, Mr. Blanco joined the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney and served in numerous leadership positions including Deputy Chief of Narcotics/Chief of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Acting Chief of Narcotics, and Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Section. During his time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Blanco was detailed to Washington D.C. from December 2002 to August 2004 to serve as General Counsel to the 94 United States Attorney’s Offices and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys. In 2006 Mr. Blanco returned to Washington DC to serve as the Chief of the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section at DOJ and was later promoted to his current position as Acting Assistant Attorney General. In January 2017 he was appointed to the position of Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the DOJ Criminal Division.