Friends of Wildlife Justice Commission
Working together to tackle transnational organised wildlife crime
The Wildlife Justice Commission in the US
Friends of Wildlife Justice Commission (FoWJC) is the Wildlife Justice Commission’s US entity. It is a 501.3.(c) registered charity established in 2017 to generate additional support for our work fighting transnational organised wildlife crime.
FoWJC is located at:
77 Water Street, 7th and 8th floors, New York, NY 10005.
Leveraging the US nexus against transnational organised wildlife crime
Partnership is central to our approach as we work to enable and speed up the work of others, from law enforcement to governments working to deter transnational organised wildlife crime.
The US is central to this effort. The country is an important link in the supply chain of illegal live wildlife and products, being a top destination for exotic reptiles, amphibians and birds that are kept as household pets and drive the illegal pet trade, as well as products from endangered wildlife.
But the US has also some of the most ambitious and broadest legislation to fight wildlife trafficking, home and abroad, plus associated white-collar and money laundering crimes. Besides being signatory to international treaties, the US had been at the forefront of wildlife protection with the enactment of the Lacey Act in 1900 and its amendments. This Act is an important tool for the prohibition of international trafficking in protected wildlife.
The Lacey Act provides the US with a very powerful tool to take the lead against transnational organised wildlife crime. It has the potential to disrupt criminal networks trading in wildlife when a US nexus is discovered. The Wildlife Justice Commission is determined to find these US nexuses and leverage the Lacey Act to increase the disruption of transnational organised wildlife crime.