ARIN-CARIB – Our Establishment

The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for the Caribbean (ARIN-CARIB) is an informal network of law enforcement and judicial practitioners specializing in the recovery of the proceeds of crime and the prosecution of related criminal offences including money laundering and the trafficking of drugs, firearms and people.

Founded in 2017 the Caribbean model complements existing networks in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Over 30 countries in the wider Caribbean region are now members of the network, which provides a platform for expert practitioners working in this area of key importance, helping them to target organized crime with a particular focus on enhancing cross border and inter-agency cooperation to deprive criminals of the proceeds of crime. Each member state is represented by a law enforcement officer and a prosecutor or judicial expert who act as national contact points for sharing information with their counterparts.

The Network provides a focus for the four legal traditions found in the Caribbean region: those of the English, Dutch, French, and Spanish speaking jurisdictions and territories. The Asset Recovery Unit of the Regional Security System (a multi-national body comprising seven jurisdictions of the Eastern Caribbean) supplies the permanent Secretariat to the Network. The Presidency of the Network rotates annually with Jamaica taking this role in 2019.

The purpose of ARIN-Carib is to increase the effectiveness of its members’ efforts, on a multi-agency basis, to deprive criminals of their illicit profits.

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