Cryptocurrency and Human Trafficking

aBOUT THIS EVENT

TCAE is excited to invite Beth Bisbee – Head of US Investigations at Chainalysis Inc., Seth Sattler – BSA Officer at DigitalMint, Adrienne Vickery – National Cryptocurrency Coordinator at Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Larry Cameron – Chief Information Security Officer at Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII) to share their insights on the best practices for identifying and deterring transactions related to human trafficking in the cryptocurrency space. 

This panel, moderated by Fara Fallah – Compliance Consultant at Bitfinex, will help identify key suspicious indicators for potential human trafficking activity that involves Virtual Asset Service Providers and traditional financial institutions. The session aims to build awareness around typologies that traditional banking and crypto investigators can consider, as well as emerging trends since the onset of the COVID pandemic.

This Knowledge Series roundtable session is proudly sponsored by Chainalysis and MNP – two avid partners and supporters of TCAE.

Learning outcome

  • Key identifiers of transactions related to human trafficking via the cryptocurrency space
  • Best ways to differentiate identifiers for various forms of human trafficking – e.g. forced labour, sex trafficking, exploitation content, organ trafficking, child marriage, debt bondage, etc.
  • How the redflags and monitoring strategies vary between different cryptocurrency platform types – exchange, crypto ATM machines, DeFi, NFTs, GameFi etc. 
  • Current best practices implemented by leading entities to deter such transactions
  • Ideal ways to partner with law enforcement and other local & international entities to prevent the victimization of the vulnerable
  • Determine the loose ends and challenges of the current practices, and explore potential improvement methods

SPEAKER

Beth Bisbee | Head of US Investigations, Chainalysis Inc.

Beth Bisbee is the Head of US Investigations for the Investigations and Special Programs team at Chainalysis. Beth manages a team of cybercrime investigators providing advanced, complex investigative support for both public and private entities while also advising prosecutors and investigators on “best practices” for cryptocurrency investigations involving tracing the flow of illicit funds.

Beth is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on cryptocurrency investigations with over ten years of professional experience with Chainalysis, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other government agencies.

Seth Sattler | BSA Officer, DigitalMint

Seth Sattler is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and currently holds the position of Director of Compliance at DigitalMint. He is responsible for designing and implementing DigitalMint’s compliance program, viewed as the standard within the Bitcoin point-of-sale industry. Seth also assists in developing risk mitigation procedures related to ransomware sanctions exposure and fraud victimization. 

Prior to joining DigitalMint, he worked as an AML Investigator at Huntington National Bank’s AML Model Optimization and Enhancement Team. Outside of DigitalMint, Seth spends time assisting with typology development related to Anti-Human Trafficking and training law enforcement officials, financial intelligence units, and regulators on the risks associated with cryptocurrency.

Adrienne Vickery | National Cryptocurrency Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Adrienne Vickery is the RCMP National Cryptocurrency Coordinator assigned to national headquarters in Ottawa, Federal Policing Criminal Operations and within the Financial Crime, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering Section. She has served with the RCMP since 2005 in a number of different positions, including Commercial Crime, Serious and Organized Crime Section, Financial Crime Section and the National Security High-Risk Traveller Unit.

In the capacity of the national RCMP Money Laundering/Proceeds of Crime Coordinator, she provides program governance, training development and policy development. Her role includes file review, operational feedback of priority money laundering and cryptocurrency files, and that’s a role that spans the whole of Canada. Adrienne participates in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Europol, and with other international law enforcement, and leads the RCMP domestic working group on cryptocurrency and serves as a member of the Five Eyes Cryptocurrency Operational Readiness Initiative.

Larry Cameron | Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII)

Larry has 20+ year’s experience in the technology industry. He is the Chief Information Security Officer at the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII) and an OSINT Investigator and Cryptocurrency Forensic Specialist for the National Child Protection Task Force (NCPTF). 

He is a certified Digital Evidence Investigator (DEI), Mobile Device Investigator (MDI), Triage Investigator (TINV), Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI), CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE) and holds over 50 other Industry, IT & Security certifications over the past 20 years. He manages technology in multiple disciplines and works with local, state, federal and international Law Enforcement on Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation investigations.

Moderator

Fara Fallah | Compliance Consultant, Bitfinex

Fara Fallah is a Compliance Professional currently consulting Bitfinex Exchange and volunteering with the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII). Previously, Fara has held various roles within traditional banking focusing on Fraud Prevention, Anti-Money Laundering, and was a Sanctions Analyst at Toronto Dominion Canada Trust (TD Bank) where she supported sanctions and ABAC (Anti-Bribery and Corruption) controls to mitigate inherent associated risks.

Fara is a York University graduate with a degree in Psychology, and her professional certifications include: Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP).