TRaCCC Wins Open World Award

Posted: March 29, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: March 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), founded and directed by School of Public Policy professor Louise Shelley, received the 2010 Open World National Grantee of Merit Award.

James H. Billington, Open World Board of Trustees chair and librarian of Congress, presented the award to Karen Saunders, TRaCCC’s senior program officer and researcher, on March 8 at the Library of Congress.

This award recognized TraCCC’s success with a grant it received in 2009 for its Open World Leadership Program. From 2007 to 2009, the program brought together 10 delegations of Eurasian professional leaders in the policy making, law enforcement, nongovernmental organization, and academic and business communities to share and learn U.S. methods of combating human trafficking and child exploitation.

The award also recognizes the program’s sustainable results and the postprogram activities of the participants.

In 1999, the U.S. Congress established Open World to enhance cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program.

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